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Review: Furious 7

Furious 7
04.02.2015
8 10
 

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PLOT: Dominic Torretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) and the rest of their crew are forced into international intrigue when they find themselves targeted by Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) – the deadly brother of a former enemy. In order to find Shaw before he can eliminate them, Dom cuts a deal with a special agent (Kurt Russell) to recover a piece of spy software that's fallen into the hands of a terrorist (Djimon Hounsou) and his gang of mercenaries. All the while, Shaw is hot on their tail.

REVIEW: One last ride – yeah right! Given the rapturous response FURIOUS 7 got at the advance screening I attended, this will likely be the franchise's biggest box-office hit to date, so you can bet things will stay FAST & FURIOUS for years to come, Heck, why not? One has to admire how they've managed to turn what started as a b-level POINT BREAK knockoff into an insanely profitable film franchise that manages the impossible – the movies actually get better and better.

While Justin Lin sat this one out, director James Wan – directing his first tent-pole action movie – does a yeoman's job, giving the series continuity while also jacking up the action quotient to truly epic levels (not that the last few were lacking). Right from the opening scene, depicting Jason Statham doing to a hospital what Arnold Schwarzenegger did to a police station in THE TERMINATOR, it's clear that Wan and company are going to be throwing in everything but the kitchen sink. One can't argue that they've stumbled upon a winning formula that could hypothetically go on forever, with gorgeous scenery, sexy cars and an even sexier cast making sure absolutely nothing's been left out of FURIOUS 7. All the boxes are checked.

But why does cartoonish-ness work for FURIOUS 7 but not for something like TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION? The simple answer is that even at their worst, the saga always had heart. Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese and Ludacris really do feel like a big-screen family at this point, and it's the fact that the characters genuinely care about each other and that the actors have such strong chemistry that keeps this from being simple parody. It's tough to watch this and not think about what happened to Paul Walker, but Wan and his gang do a seamless job of making sure Walker's a constant presence throughout. They used CGI and body doubles, but it's really difficult to guess which scenes are genuinely Walker and which scenes are not. The series is going to suffer from his absence, although his send-off is particularly well done.

Still, Walker's only one piece of the puzzle, and one thing that's very effective is how Diesel and Rodriguez's love story is beefed up this time around. While her resurrection was maybe a little tough to swallow, in the end they made the right choice as her and Diesel play so well off each other. The same goes for Ludacris and Tyrese Gibson, with the latter especially working as a kind of audience surrogate, constantly remarking on how crazy things are getting and trying to get out of the crew's riskier gambits – which include an insane plot to parachute in their cars from a plane right smack dab into the middle of a car chase. In any other movie this would have been too much...

The new additions are also pretty perfect, with Statham faring better here than he has in a long time as the main baddie. He's got tons of great action scenes, including a great throw-down with Dwayne Johnson early on (who is sadly sidelined for much of the film – although he's awesome when he's on-screen). ONG BAK's Tony Jaa also gets two great fights with Walker, including a really memorable one that's part of an absolutely insane truck chase that ends with Walker's character performing one of the series most memorable stunts. Djimon Hounsou takes a bit of a back seat to Statham, but serves his purpose well, while Ronda Rousey has a solid fight with Rodriguez. On the hero side, Kurt Russell owns every scene than he's in, and even gets a quick Carpenter-esque piece of action, while Nathalie Emmanuel (of GAME OF THRONES) plays the silver screen's most photogenic hacker since Chris Hemsworth in BLACKHAT (complete with a much appreciated bikini scene).

Clearly, Universal knows they have a mega-hit on their hands, with no expense being spared. There's even an extended MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE-style set piece in Abu Dhabi that looks like it cost more than the first three films in the franchise put together. Again though, this is one of the few times I'd say that a franchise has actually gotten better the bigger its gotten. As long as you go in with the right attitude, this is a movie that's all but impossible not to have an absolute blast with.

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4:43AM on 04/04/2015

Sorry...

IMHO it was way worse than part 6. The story was weaker, the action scenes were weaker, the showdown was weaker. Just as an example, they get Tony Jaa, a martial arts god, and what do they do? Let him fight in a tiny, compressed space of a sideways running bus. So lame. And the action scenes were cut way too fast, there was no rhythm, no suspense... I wish part 6 would have been the final one, this part doesn't do Paul Walker justice.
IMHO it was way worse than part 6. The story was weaker, the action scenes were weaker, the showdown was weaker. Just as an example, they get Tony Jaa, a martial arts god, and what do they do? Let him fight in a tiny, compressed space of a sideways running bus. So lame. And the action scenes were cut way too fast, there was no rhythm, no suspense... I wish part 6 would have been the final one, this part doesn't do Paul Walker justice.
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3:02PM on 04/03/2015
These movies are exactly what they advertise, they are fun & entertaining & to me that's exactly what movies are suppossed to do. If you don't like the F&F series, then stick to the artsy fartsy ones, don't try to "look cool" by hating on them. I am glad this movies is getting positive reviews & they deserve to be the hits they are, will be seeing this for sure. I hear the tribute to Paul Walker is very respectful as well.
These movies are exactly what they advertise, they are fun & entertaining & to me that's exactly what movies are suppossed to do. If you don't like the F&F series, then stick to the artsy fartsy ones, don't try to "look cool" by hating on them. I am glad this movies is getting positive reviews & they deserve to be the hits they are, will be seeing this for sure. I hear the tribute to Paul Walker is very respectful as well.
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11:18AM on 04/03/2015

Series keeps getting worse

The last movie was horrible. This series sucks and has more holes than a mile long sheet of Swiss Cheese.
The last movie was horrible. This series sucks and has more holes than a mile long sheet of Swiss Cheese.
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10:10AM on 04/03/2015
The next instalment should be a crossover with the 'Step Up' universe.
The next instalment should be a crossover with the 'Step Up' universe.
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2:11AM on 04/03/2015

Been watching these movies opening night since the first

You are either with them or you aren't. They are 100% crowd pleasers and Chris hit the nail on the head. These characters care for each other and have great chemistry. Everything was neatly tied into a bow (with Tokyo Drift) in this movie. Yes the series has gotten more and more ridiculous, but that is part of its charm along with its characters. It was hard to watch the movie knowing we would no longer be seeing Paul Walker/Brian O'Connor, but it was also a pleasure at the same time getting
You are either with them or you aren't. They are 100% crowd pleasers and Chris hit the nail on the head. These characters care for each other and have great chemistry. Everything was neatly tied into a bow (with Tokyo Drift) in this movie. Yes the series has gotten more and more ridiculous, but that is part of its charm along with its characters. It was hard to watch the movie knowing we would no longer be seeing Paul Walker/Brian O'Connor, but it was also a pleasure at the same time getting to see his last performance. They did a great job and honored his legacy with this franchise.
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12:58AM on 04/03/2015
For as stupid as these films are, and let's be honest, they're pretty stupid (how many groan worthy lines and leaps of logic did this one have?), I have loved the last two movies, and now I am adding this to the list. 8/10 is about right. This was too much fun. But what I also love about it is how good the cast is at carrying this. They have fantastic chemistry as an ensemble unit. Honestly, I could see this series continuing, even with Walker. The action in this is absolutely insane and so
For as stupid as these films are, and let's be honest, they're pretty stupid (how many groan worthy lines and leaps of logic did this one have?), I have loved the last two movies, and now I am adding this to the list. 8/10 is about right. This was too much fun. But what I also love about it is how good the cast is at carrying this. They have fantastic chemistry as an ensemble unit. Honestly, I could see this series continuing, even with Walker. The action in this is absolutely insane and so much fun. I'd watch another one just to see what crazy stuff they come up with next.
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11:49PM on 04/02/2015
8/10 is much better than I expected. Will definitely check this out.
8/10 is much better than I expected. Will definitely check this out.
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11:26PM on 04/02/2015
Not really a fan of the series, but I will admit they're fun and entertaining. And consdering what this series is about, how could you really expect anything more then that.
Not really a fan of the series, but I will admit they're fun and entertaining. And consdering what this series is about, how could you really expect anything more then that.
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11:20PM on 04/02/2015

Definitely going to check it out

But we all know it'll make crazy money because of Paul Walker's death. Not that it wouldn't have made a lot of money, but even moreso now that he's gone and people are curious or just wanna see his final role and how they send his character off. Along the lines of The Dark Knight money. Maybe not AS much, but pretty high up there. Plus it has all month to rake in the dough.
But we all know it'll make crazy money because of Paul Walker's death. Not that it wouldn't have made a lot of money, but even moreso now that he's gone and people are curious or just wanna see his final role and how they send his character off. Along the lines of The Dark Knight money. Maybe not AS much, but pretty high up there. Plus it has all month to rake in the dough.
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11:20PM on 04/02/2015

I'll give it a shot

Haven't seen one since Fast Four, but this one sounds fun. The next one should be Fast 88: Back to the Furious!
Haven't seen one since Fast Four, but this one sounds fun. The next one should be Fast 88: Back to the Furious!
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