Verdict: 4 / 5
Furious 7 will have your adrenaline rushing from beginning to end as Dominic Torreto (Vin Diesel) gets his crew together for one last ride. They face an enemy like none other. Yes, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) is out for blood as he avenges his brother.
Over the last few installments, the franchise has really been revived and revved up, to the point where line between human ability and action fantasy has become rather blurred. This has made the franchise far more enjoyable. Many die-hard fans were upset by the lack of car eye candy since the films new direction, but everyone will be pleased to know that this latest installment offers a strong story filled with awesome vehicles and the most insane action sequences to date. Imagine The Avengers but instead of super powers they have supercharged vehicles that seem to defy the laws of gravity and human logic.
You get all you were expecting and more from Fast 7 and its all-star cast of action heroes. Jason Statham dukes it out with the likes of Hobbs (The Rock), Dominic and basically anyone else that dares to stand in his path of destruction. Statham really added strength to the films action department. His character always seems to be one step ahead and rather invincible. He is definitely the most entertaining and the most deadly character that the Toretto family has ever encountered. He is a demolitions expert and a highly trained assassin. Expect to see a large amount of cameos in this one – with the likes of Iggy Azalea and T-Pain (where has he been?) popping in, while new additions to the main and supporting cast consists of Djimon Hounsou, Kurt Russel, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey and Lucas Black (yes, they complete the Tokyo Drift timeline sequence in this film).
Toretto and his crew become “mercenaries” for a secret government organisation in hopes of finding Deckard, who is somewhat of a shadow and always one step ahead of them. With a full arsenal at their disposal expect to see over the top cars that will leave you salivating at the mouth. The amount of car chase scenes in this film is enough to keep any fan satisfied. No explanation could do the action sequences any justice, as this is something you will have to see for yourself. The hand to hand and weapons combat in this film is about the only thing that outshines the car chases. Dwayne Johnson hands some heavy blows as this film opens, giving his character an almost “Terminator” like sense of appeal. Ronda Rousey (Kara) and Michelle Rodriquez (Letty) pull off an intense action scene and Tony Jaa does what he does best – his insane Muay Thai fighting. This movie really has it all.
Dominic puts his family in focus once again. You see his strong bond with Brian (Paul Walker) and how he tries to convince him to become the father he needs to be. His love for Letty knows no bounds, despite the fact that she does not know who he is. This strong sense of family and the importance of making a difference to the people closest to you plays into the rather emotional ending that will leave you filled with nostalgia and sadness.
This is definitely the best the franchise has offered. Furious 7 will leave you on the edge of your seat as you try to absorb this visual experience. This is definitely one that will provide a heck of an IMAX experience. The revving of engines and screeching of tires are only rivalled by the burning of jet engines and epic explosions that are on display. This is made for the cinema. A small screen will not do this movie any justice.
R.I.P. Paul Walker and thank you for leaving us with a movie to remember.