Fast & Furious 7
Out Now On-Demand
Vengeance hits home.
The action moves to Los Angeles, where it all started, in the seventh Fast & Furious. Having taken down Owen Shaw in the previous film, Shaw's brother (Jason Statham) seeks revenge on Dom (Vin Diesel) and his crew. Kurt Russell also joins the cast, with Dwayne Johnson, Tokyo Drift star Lucas Black, Michelle Rodriguez and the late Paul Walker all returning.
Rating: M Violence
Reaching what would have seemed an improbable number of sequels when it got underway back in 2001, the seventh instalment of the Fast & Furious franchise has a lot to live up to. For starters, there’s self-imposed pressure to top the increasingly preposterous action which has become a trademark of the latter half of the series, and seems to have won over many a sceptic – including yours truly. Then there’s the tragic passing of Paul Walker, and the intertwined filmmaking challenges and need to honour his memory this posed. While Furious 7 eventually does Walker’s memory justice, it’s after an aggressively nonsensical couple of hours that struggle to match the franchise’s peak in Fast Five, even as the kitchen sink of excess is hurled non-stop at the screen.
Don’t get me wrong – there’s plenty of memorable action, from awesome dudely fisticuffs to many a flying car. Incoming director James Wan has chased the ultimate adrenaline rush here, but by the time two hours of one ludicrous globe-trotting, vehicle-destroying mission after another have played out, you’re left wondering if there is such a thing as too much. Yes, that’s a ridiculous thing to say about a Fast & Furious film, but after the heights the series has hit in the past, just going bigger does not necessarily mean better.
It’s impossible to avoid the shadow that Walker casts over the film, but the constant awareness that he’s no longer with us mixes awkwardly with the film’s lack of anything really being at stake. Absent a sense of danger, the set pieces come off cartoonish, and while that delivers plenty of action for your buck, this could have used a story or some half-decent jokes, both of which are in short supply.
Total Film (UK)
Time Out London
After Walker's untimely passing this was never going to be anything more than a goodbye for him. Entertaining and tugging at the heart strings in the closing scene. Great send off.
Driving Miss Daisy
Fast & Furious 7
Wheel, I wasn’t expecting the epicness of ‘Braveheart’, but this latest instalment managed to keep me entertained as I’m sure it did with everyone that knows the contents of any film within the F&F franchise. Since the original “Gone in 60 Seconds” with Steve MacQueen was released in the 70’s, hoons have enjoyed watching the driving antics of professionals behind the wheel of a road going beast. This film is just that, fighting, driving, more fighting, more driving, little more fighting, last bit of driving, then some story. A good farewell to Paul Walker
Genre : Action, drama, redemption/retribution
2/5 : Really hope this is the last one in the series, if you liked the others then you’ll still enjoy this, if you didn’t, then why did you go to this one!?
Over the top fun !
Giving the fans just what they wanted more of everything
Fun and aweome
I loved this film with it's explosions and car driving, furious 7 is the best film
worst movie ever...
0 stars. I The worst movie I've ever seen. If your brain dead your going to love this one. The actors in this film should be embarrassed.
An action movie with fast cars, fun stunts and fight scenes. It's not the worst and not the best FF movie in the franchise. If you like the others, you'll be happy enough with this one.
Unbearable primitive macho crap!
It gets worth with every new movie and the high rating by the “People” means that the brain dead have finally taken over this planet.
Done Well, Done Right
Unless you jumped on the FF franchise bandwagon already you are so far behind. This movie is made to give fans what they want, bigger action, fast cars, iconic sequences. The treatment of the late Paul Walker was done well, no awkward rewrites and a fitting tribute at the end. This movie series is the definition of popcorn films, you go to be entertained and no doubt this will achieve that.
I like to be entertained but this was too far fetched at times and ridiculous. The dedication to paul Walker at the end of the credits was very moving. Vin Diesel still cannot act,it usually looks like he is reading the words and he should open his mouth when he talks as the re is no life in his voice..
It was a great cast and jason Statham was good as the Bad dude. I just hope it is the last in the franchise,no more please,no Furious 8. The action was good but got monotonous after awhile. Mind you, I am a fast&Furious Fan
You Don't Have Friends, You Have Family.
How do you even start off discussing this film?
While it enters the market with a huge amount of recognition behind it from wanton audiences, it's also the film that is now the last for late actor Paul Walker. Like Vin Diesel's Dominic Toretto, Walker's character Brian O'Conner is synonymous with the series success and story.
Before his untimely passing, Walker had finished around half of the production. Going into an indefinite hiatus, the production team, with new Director James Wan (Saw, Insidious), began the job of working out a way to continue the story and honour Walker's career and life.
A film that's frenetic in its excess action, Furious 7 pulls no punches with their escalation of all-out-action that has been jumping up in leaps and bounds since Fast 5.
The team is being hunted. With the ending of Fast & Furious 6 linking us to the third film, The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift, we are introduced to Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), the brother to part 6's antagonist, Owen Shaw (Luke Evans).
Looking to avenge his brother, Shaw becomes the "Man from the Shadows" that comes into play whenever the team aren't looking. With no way to know when he'll come, the team are offered a lifeline by a 'Mr. Nobody' (Kurt Russell) who asks the team to track down a captured Computer Specialist by the name of 'Ramsey' who may have a tool that could assist them. As they enter the world of Black-Ops, the team deal with larger set pieces, faster cars and the retirement of one of their own.
There's always one film that acts like a beacon for the coming of the 'Blockbuster' season.
Furious 7 is this film.
With an opening sequence that bluntly points out "This character is the toughest they've met", you see that Toretto and Crew will be put to the test. With hand-to-hand combat scenes that match the intense theatricality of pro-wrestling, giant explosions that eat up the screen, and a moment to make people believe that cars will fly, Furious 7 doesn't just want to top its previous installments.
It wants to leave them so badly in the dust that you can't even see them any more.
Adding to this is a story that continues the tradition of family, with all major players returning. Having Paul Walker's 2 brothers, Caleb and Cody, act as stand-ins for some scenes, the re-writes pay the utmost respect to not only Walker's character Brian, but to the actor himself.
As the final scene begins, it would be hard to find anyone in the audience who isn't running off an overflowing tank of adrenaline that's mixed with a sadness over the celebration of the art Paul Walker gave to us with each film he acted in.
Furious 7 while insane in what it works to defy, not only solidifies the series standing in popular culture, but bids farewell to a star in a way that says "Goodbye" for all of us.