137 Min. | Action – Crime – Thriller | April 2015
IMDB Rating: 8.2
Director: James Wan
Staring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson
Fast & Furious 7 Review: Fast & Furious 7 starts its engine quietly, depicting cast members now back to their normal lives in the United States. But the wheel doesn’t stop there (Statham), and with the arrival of a new enemy, the engine immediately roars anew and gears the movie toward an unprecedented high-velocity escapade, giving way to the most explosive, and probably, the most heart-wrenching chapter of the series, yet. Yet, yes, because the saga doesn’t show any sign of retirement, and with the new heights reached in Fast & Furious 7, the signage is quiet clear, the franchise is nowhere near its final destination. There’s a haunting poignancy in how Fast & Furious 7 reiterates “family” and sticking together, while keeping the blazing momentum of the speed and action unperturbed, if not ever progressing. Centripetal to this theme, is Paul Walker’s character’s retirement, fueling the film’s emotional core with piercing capacity.
In Fast & Furious 7, the level of action are thrust into all new-heights, and visual drama are brought into breathtaking levels. Whether action and emotions are immiscible or not, that theory is totally dismissed here, as both blends well to bring the attempt into a glorious result. While the narrative is far from perfect, there are lots of reasons to shrug off such shortcoming. Fast & Furious 7 vaunts a solid assemblage of action stars led by Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Kurt Russell and Jason Statham. Jason Statham, plays as the main antagonist here, and he makes a decent job, so does Vin Diesel as the leader of the crew. There is no shortage of visual extravagance, as every high-octane action stunt is delivered with breathtaking CGI-trickery, magnifying the thrill into several seismic folds. At such instances, the visual artistry overshadows the real intention of the moment, and when it does, the narrative falls with no more than rudimentary appeal. But then again, with the level of adrenaline employed to fuel up the death-defying action sequences that looms up every now and then, it will be totally forgivable to lose thought of the said flaw, and just enjoy the ride.
Regardless of its faults , Fast & Furious 7 is a ride worth taking over and over again, not only because of the level of action it presents, but more strikingly, of how its core is imbued with resonating message of family and brotherhood. Evident to this, is how it pays tribute to Brian (Walker), dotting the movie with flashbacks of him, to further build up his character. And towards the end, as the momentum further spikes, Fast & Furious 7 places Brian on spotlight, bringing the movie into a highly sentimental send off and a heart-rupturing finish. The plot was very good and well written, but the amazing stunts and car chasing scenes are so well done you would barely pay attention to the plot. Fast & Furious 7 also has a good message about family. Overall, this is a film that is not worth missing, especially you are a big Fast and Furious fan.