Furious 7 ***1/2

“Furious 7” is balls out anarchy in a good way. It probably has the most action out of any entry in the franchise so far. It comes with a plot that barely exists and seems uneven. I guess it is needed to justify having wall to wall action. It is also the result of having to re-write a film due to the tragic death of one of it’s leading actors.

Paul Walker past away during the filming of this movie causing the writers and director have to change the narrative drastically and it shows. The result is a paper thin story and villains who seem to pop up like a Whac-A-Mole game. Jason Statham for example really exists to join the action almost at random. Djimon Hounsou and Tony Jaa are apparently the central antagonists and I think they had maybe a few sentences of dialogue each.

The break-neck action is the highlight of this flick. Gone are the days of street racing and scraps. Now cars parachute out of planes, jump from skyscraper to skyscraper and escape drone strikes. All of this is acomplished with stunt drivers, traditional pyrotechnics and a healthy amount of CGI.

The last third of the film brings an emotional close to the character of Brian played by Walker. I am glad that the studio decided to send his character off in to the sunset as opposed to killing him off.

“Furious 7” is the biggest film in the franchise yet. I still like “Fast Five” the best personally. How much longer this series can go on is anyones guess. I’m sure the studio did not predict six sequels when the first film dropped in 2001.


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