Film Review: Furious 7 by Blade Brown
Deckard Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his family for his comatose brother.
There is no way to write this review without discussing the elephant in the room. The tragic death of Paul Walker in November 2013 was a severe blow to the production of Furious 7. Not only was his character(Brian O’Connor) one of the film’s main protagonist, Walker himself was collectively loved by his fellow cast and crew. After production shut down for months, the filmmakers finally found a way to respectfully finish the film.
The film opens with Deckard Shaw(Jason Statham) visiting his comatose brother Owen in the hospital. He swears revenge on those responsible and before you know it, he’s going toe to toe with Luke Hobbs(Dwayne Johnson) after getting information on Dom & his crew from his computer.
Following his confrontation with Hobbs, he blows up the Toretto household, nearly killing them. After hearing of Han’s death, Hobbs informs Dom who he’s up against. And after a run in with Deckard himself, Dom gets an offer from “Mr. Nobody”, (The legendary Kurt Russell) one of Hobbs’ associates who’ll help him find Shaw if Dom and his crew help him obtain a hacker named Ramsey who’s being held hostage by a terrorist named Jakande(Djimon Hounsou).
Statham is very good as the villain in this movie. He’s probably the only actor who’s believable enough to go mano a mano with both Vin Diesel and The Rock. As much as you’d think he’d be on the run, he’s actually like the terminator in this movie as he hunts Dom and his crew across the globe. Statham lights up the screen every time he’s on it. Tyree & Ludacris are in rare form as Roman & Tej, providing most of the movie’s comic relief. Michelle Rodriguez & Ronda Rousey’s fight in the film is more entertaining than Ronda’s last four fights in real life. While its bittersweet seeing Paul Walker on-screen one last time, he fits into his role like a glove. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for Vin Diesel. He delivers endless cheesy one liners and is easily the film’s weakest character.
While the Fast & Furious franchise was never set in the realm of reality, this movie is almost absurdly over the top. But this movie never takes itself too seriously, and given it’s the seventh film in the franchise, you know what you’re walking into when you buy a ticket. With that being said, this is a fun popcorn movie. While it’s not as good as the previous two entries, it’s still extremely entertaining.
Given the death of Paul Walker, I fully expect this to be the last film in the series. Walker was the backbone of the franchise, and the team will not be complete without Brian O’Connor. The film ends with a touching tribute that is almost a tear jerker. They find a classy way to send off Brain and Mia, and Vin Diesel’s monologue is the perfect fit to tie things up.
All in all, Furious 7 is a solid movie. If it is the end, It’s a perfect ending to the franchise. The tagline of this movie is “One Last Ride“. And its one hell of a ride.
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