PG) Furious 7
Running Time: 146 Minutes.
3 stars out of 4.
The Fast and Furious franchise has been an extremely successful franchise at the box office for Universal Studios. The six films in the franchise have grosses over $2 Billion at the worldwide box office. Director Justin Lin took over the franchise in 2011 with Fast Five, a reboot of some sorts welcoming Vin Diesel back to the franchise, after a two picture hiatus. Fast Five and its sequel Fast & Furious 6 were met with positive reviews from fans and critics alike, and grossed over $500 Million at the worldwide box office.
Director James Wan, mostly known for his work in the horror genre, directing films such as The Conjuring, and Insidious. The entire ensemble cast returns for Furious 7 a continuation of the storyline set up in Fast Five and Fast and Furious 6. This film was intended to be released in 2014, but the sudden death of star Paul Walker, mid way through production, caused Universal Studios and the creative team behind the films, to put production on hold indefinitely to rethink the storyline for the film, as many scenes featuring Walker had yet to be filmed. The film was pushed back until this year, and Walker's brothers acted as stand ins on set, and Paul Walker's face was digitally composed on to their bodies.
Furious 7 is a roller coaster of a film, lots of think less, pointless fun, but what more could you ask for on the peak of summer movie season?
Furious 7 is essentially a superhero movie. The plot and storyline are very similar to that of a Marvel film. Theres everything you expect, car chases, exotic locations, group dynamics, comic relief, and lots of talk about the meaning of family. I just wish it had been as fun, as some of the recent blockbusters that have come out this year.
I assure you to go into this film not judging the logic and plot, as it will otherwise ruin your moviegoing experience. The films plot doesn't all make sense, the dialogue is extremely cheesy (mostly from Dwayne Johnson), and the basic laws of physics are defied.
The cast all do solid work. Vin Diesel and Paul Walker are the standouts for me, both bring depth and complexity to their otherwise two dimensional characters. Dwayne Johnson gives a bad performance as Luke Hobbs, and delivers cringe inducing dialogue. The rest of the cast all do solid work, thought they are not really given much to do, this is the Diesel and Walker show, and for good reason, they are the most compelling characters.
Furious 7 has an incredible ending that wraps up the Paul Walker storyline and character in spectacular fashion. Alot of people at my screening were moved by it, and I wish the rest of the film had been as satisfying. This is the seventh entry in the Fast and Furious franchise, and is being marketed as "One Last Ride." This film acts as a franchise finale, and I do not think that there is anywhere else to go with these characters, its been a good ride, but as the characters in the film suggest, its time to move on.