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Movie Review: Furious 7

The cast of "Furious 7" and director James Wan

The cast of “Furious 7” and director James Wan (between Paul Walker and Vin Diesel)

After the successes of Fast Five and Fast and Furious 6, the popular franchise has gone into another direction. Something fast? Yes; but something more furious. The title, Furious 7 is inspired by Seven Samurai and The Magnificent Seven. The production for the movie delayed after Paul Walker’s death on November 30, 2013. Even though he was halfway through filming, Universal needed a plan to continue production. They decided to rewrite the script and provide body doubles and [hardly recognizable] CGI to capture Paul Walker. Director James Wan (Insidious, The Conjuring) goes full throttle with Furious 7 by giving the best in pure entertainment.

After defeating Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) from the previous film, his older brother Deckerd (Jason Statham) plans to kill Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew one by one for revenge. Agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) notifies Dom about Shaw after encountering him one night at the Diplomatic Security Service office. A government official named Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) assigned him and his crew – Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker), Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez), Roman Pierce (Tyrese Gibson), Tej Parker (Ludacris) – to take down Shaw as well as Mose Jakande (Djimon Honsou), a terrorist who created a program called “God’s Eye” in which every electronic device into a dangerous weapon. Along with a computer hacker (Nathalie Emmanuel), they spring into action together one last time.

Wan gives us the over-the-top fun we expected from these movies. The franchise is the prime example of pure Hollywood. Some of the stunts seem physically impossible, but that’s what makes those movies fun. It avoids the laws of physics. They are not to be taken seriously. In fact, most of the stunts are done practically, especially the car skydiving and the car jumping through three buildings. It gives the audience the sense of realism. My eyes have been fixed to the screen with jaw dropped to the floor. The movie features the best showdown in the series – between Vin Diesel and Jason Statham (who plays the best villain). It’s just as awesome as Vin Diesel and The Rock’s showdown in Fast Five.

Furious 7 gives a surprising emotional punch. I usually never cry during movies. But this is one of those rare occasions in which I cried my eyes out. After walking out of the theater, I realized the series is more than just street racing and pulling off these heists. It’s about being a part of a family and sticking together right until the very end. Dom Toretto is a convincing character because he and Mia have lost their family a long time ago. If he didn’t start his crew, he wouldn’t have a family. Dom and Brian are the heart and soul of the franchise. Brian is like the brother he never had. They have stayed on each other’s side for a long time. When it’s about that time, they go off their separate ways. It’s such a shame that Paul Walker had died in that car crash. But this movie is a great send-off for him.

Thank you, Paul Walker, for what you’ve done.

3.5/4

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