“Fast and Furious 7”: an entertaining film so long as you remember to turn your brain off

 

The Fast and Furious series, which began in 2001, is known for its fast cars and action packed moments but never for its realism. Debuting April 3, “Fast and Furious 7” has grossed over $250 million in the United States and worldwide totals about $810 million.  Furious 7 is definitely an entertaining film, with moments that wow, such as the scene where they skydive in cars to land on a small road, but it also has many cheesy moments as Vin Diesel is not the greatest actor on the market and delivers some truly cringeworthy lines. Furious 7 is the most ridiculous and unbelievably unrealistic film out there and yet the series has thrived on some of its craziest moments.

After defeating Owen Shaw in Fast 6,  Dominic Toretto (Diesel), Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) along with the rest of their crew begin to settle down for normal life in the United States. That is until Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) attacks Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) in revenge for Owen’s death. Shaw is unsuccessful in killing Hobbs but manages to flee and heads to Tokyo to take out Han Lue, one of the crew members. Once Toretto finds out, he begins his hunt for Shaw with assistance from the U.S. government. in hopes of extracting his own revenge. The plot of Furious 7 is kind of dry, with it being a stereotypical “it’s time for revenge” mentality. That being said, the high octane, action-packed moments make up for it and it is still an entertaining film.

After Walker’s death, many wondered if filming would continue and director James Wan faced the difficult task of how to handle Walker’s death. Wan decided to use Walker’s brothers, Caleb and Cody who look strikingly similar to Paul, and CGI his face onto their bodies. It is incredibly well done. As the film concludes, Wan orchestrated a touching ending with the entire crew sitting on the beach watching Walker play with his wife and kid. Diesel eventually stands up and leaves without saying goodbye but along the road Walker pulls up alongside Diesel for a proper goodbye. They have one last quarter-mile race while a montage of Walker’s finest moments from the previous films plays as they drive together. Eventually, Walker takes an exit and drives off into the sunset. The moment is significantly more emotional considering Diesel and Walker were close off the set, with Diesel being Walker’s daughter’s godfather..

All in all Furious 7, is not known for its realism and that’s okay. Despite the acting level being less than top notch, it is still an enjoyable movie especially for car junkies. Seeing Nissan GTRs or Dodge Challengers racing at full speed through the busy streets of Los Angeles or in a narrow mountain pass is always entertaining no matter how unrealistic it may be. The film did a marvelous job of sending Walker off appropriately and for that it earns a solid B+.

 

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