As Deckard Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his family for the death of his brother, The Toretto team must come together once again to face off against an unknown enemy. Let’s face it folks, We’re not seeing any movie in this franchise for anything more than a good time.
The clichéd aspects of the movie are almost welcome because the ridiculous factor has been bumped up to a whole new level here. By ridiculous, I’m not saying it in a bad way, but these movies are basically bordering on super hero team ups. Like Avengers, or Justice League with racing. Comedy hits are just as solid if not better than they’ve always been and gives the movie enough levity to just coast through having a great time.
The movie basically picks up right were its predecessor left off, and the team gets back together in top form. I was actually surprised how much Paul Walker was in the movie. I thought they would bow him out after a dangerous mission or something to that effect but he stuck it out (with a little help from his brothers). Also the Rock somehow figured out a way to put muscles on top of his already existing muscles… just a side note.
The action is solid, while ridiculous, like I mentioned. The fight scenes are gritty and visceral, and you can really feel the weight of every hit. Speaking of which, I’ve seen so many movies with 2 women fighting that just falls flat. They don’t sell the hits nor the movement, at least to me. Michelle Rodriguez really knows how to throw her body into it and sell it like bat outta hell. Somehow I get the feeling that this is not news to anyone reading this that has seen any Michelle Rodriguez movies.
James Wan has an eye for action that sets this a cut above the rest. While some of the editing made it a little more difficult to make out certain scenes, it definitely didn’t kill the movie or break the experience.
Just so that I’m clear.. When I say ridiculous action, you literally will just keep asking how can they top that scene, and another scene later you’ve seen it with another step in the almost ludicrous direction… All in a good way of course.
The one liners were RAMPANT. I mean where clichéd was a good thing for funs sake, it’s also overused and generates groans and a few eye rolls. Grand among all of these is the “save the day” scene. Out of nowhere, people just end up in the right place at the right time with absolutely no rhyme or reason.
In the end, this is a highly entertaining movie and a fan service to those faithful to the franchise. As for the most obvious subject of Paul Walkers untimely death, there is one heck of a tribute in the film that is both beautiful and gut wrenching. There will be plenty of frogs in the throats of movie goers.
Thanks for reading this Furious 7 Review and remember to Stay Dorky!
Furious 7 opens wide in North America on April 3, 2015, featuring the return of Vin Diesel, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jason Stratham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, and the late Paul Walker in his final film.