Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Kurt Russell, Nathalie Emmanuel
Directed By: James Wan
Written By: Chris Morgan
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 2 hr 17 min
Furious 7 is an interesting film, in that it delivers mindless over the top action thrills with a weight of sadness at the passing of Paul Walker. Feeling less like a movie in its own right, and closer to one of those really lazy TV episodes that just replays clips from the series. Getting by on nostalgia, rather than pushing the franchise forward. Frequently lingering on shots of Mr. Walker, while Vin Diesel deeply growls about this being their last ride.
One thing’s for sure, the makers of this film had no respect or understanding of Newton’s third law. Remember the fridge from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull? Furious 7 has lots of scenes like that. Over the top moments of action, that would kill any normal human being. Which pretty much rules out the possibility of any tension in the story, because seriously, all the heroes are indestructible!
But you might rightly say, ‘this is a movie, and some suspension of disbelief is required.’ Which is true, but I think Furious 7 asks too much of its audience. You’re not merely required to switch your brain off to enjoy this film. You have to forget you ever had one. And judging by the giggles I heard in the theater during the more ridiculous moments of high-octane mayhem, I think some people had been pushed too far.
As a piece of preposterous action entertainment, Furious 7 hits all the marks it should. It’s loud and stupid, the dialog is mostly lifeless save for some fun banter, and the action ups the ante over the previous installments in the series. Basically operating on the same intellectual and entertainment level of a firework show. Stuffed with pretty scantily dressed women, gratuitous butt and cleavage shots, beautiful cars and big explosions. I honestly think director James Wan was trying to out-Bay Michael Bay!
If you’re a fan of the series and its characters, this film should keep you entertained. If you’re looking for some mindless fun at the theater, Furious 7 isn’t a total waste of time. The movie is rated PG-13, so the violence never gets too graphic.
With all the huge set pieces, locations and cool looking cars, this movie should be seen in a theater. If you wait for the rental, watch this in HD on your TV. The movies impact will be negatively effected on a portable sized screen.
Best Moment: << spoiler! >>
Furious 7 ends with a very classy tribute to Paul Walker.