Plot: Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his tight-knit gang of street racers must battle the brother of a defeated nemesis and rescue a software genius from terrorists. The film is dedicated to series regular Paul Walker, who died halfway through production.
Review: To say this is one of the most hyped movies of the year is an understatement. The Fast and the Furious franchise has grown so much since it’s debut in 2001. It went from a movie about street racing, to one of the most action packed franchises of the new millennium. The two stars that have stuck with the franchise are none other than Vin Diesel and Paul Walker. They have had success in other movies, but it’s this series that they are most known for. Everyone by now knows that tragedy had struck when Paul Walker passed away two years ago. The actor died while filming this very movie. The media wondered what the studio would do about Furious 7. After a couple of months, the studio and cast finished making the movie(after re-writes of course) and dedicated it to the late actor. And we have the best entry of the franchise yet.
The film picks up from where Fast Five ended with Deckard Shaw(Jason Statham) seeking revenge on Toretto(Vin Diesel) and gang for what they did to his brother. Shaw is one bad ass motherfucker. He ends up finding Hobbs(The Rock) at his own job. The two duke it out in a pretty entertaining fight scene in Hobb’s office that leads to Hobbs ending up in the hospital. Shaw gets all the information he needs to find Toretto and his gang. He kills Han in Tokyo(scene from the Tokyo Drift entry of the franchise) and sends a bomb to Toretto’s house which nearly kills Dom, Brian O’Conner(Paul Walker) and his family. Toretto visits Hobbs in the hospital and learns what kind of a guy Shaw really is. The gang team up with a covert ops team(led by Kurt Russell) to stop Shaw once and for all.
I can easily go more in depth of the movie, but why ruin it. You already know what the plot it. The main focus of this movie has and always will be that this is Paul Walker’s last movie. To finish the film, Walker’s two brothers had to stand in for him and the director digitally altered their faces to look like Paul. If you didn’t know that(which everyone already did), it’d be pretty hard to notice. Walker does have a GREAT scene in which he tries to get off a truck that is about to fall off a cliff. It was insane. Vin Diesel obviously had to step it up in Furious 7 with him being the last of the remaining two leads. It kind of feels like it’s his movie. He does a terrific job by the way. One thing i did love about this franchise were the action sequences. For that reason, it was a great job adding Jason Statham into the movie. He has great fight scenes with both The Rock and Vin Diesel. Another cast member they added was Ong-Bak’s Tony Jaa. He also was a great added character in this movie and also has a fight scene with Brian O’Conner(Paul Walker).
There were two scenes that audiences will remember walking out of this movie. One was of the team jumping out of a plane with each one being in a car. Yes, you read that right- cars flying out of planes. In an interview, Vin Diesel reported that the crew actually threw cars out of planes to have that “real” effect. That scene really made you feel like you were falling with them. Another scene was set in Abu Dhabi and had Toretto and O’Conner in a Lykan Hypersport(a very rare car) jump from building to building….to building. It may sound outrageous, but it works on screen. And the fact i thought to myself, “if a car was going that fast, maybe the car could make it to the other building” blew my mind. That scene alone looked like it cost more than the first movie’s whole budget.
Other than those two scenes, it is Paul Walker’s tribute at the end that will have people walking out of theaters teary eyed. I don’t want to ruin what happens to Walker’s character, but the tribute was beautifully made. It showed scenes from all previous movies. A lot of speculation was made of what would happen to Brian O’Conner(would they kill him, would he retire), and i think the people behind Furious 7 made the right choice. Director James Wan had one of the hardest tasks of all time – complete a movie(which is one of the most popular franchises of all time) after one of the two main leads passed away during filming. After all the rewrites, he did a near perfect job. I heard the movie was suppose to lead into the next installment, but they wanted to finish this film as a memory to Paul Walker. I can’t wait to see what is next and kudos to all the cast and crew who did a hell of a job on this great movie. I give Furious 7 a 9/10. Thank you Paul Walker for all the memories. R.I.P.