Movie Review: “Furious 7” – Intense

Written by Caitlin Cooper April 06, 2015

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Who would’ve thought that a film series about driving would last this long? I sure didn’t. While I like the “Fast & Furious” films – especially “Tokyo Drift” – aside from the objectification of women, with each installment of the franchise I was wondering how they could keep making sequels. With each film the action sequences became bigger and, dare I say, more over-the-top. But what “Fast & Furious” does well is entertain, so of course I had to see “Furious 7”. I also wanted to see the last film Paul Walker filmed before his sudden passing. Please note that this review has spoilers.

“Furious 7” finally fills in the time holes from previous “Fast & Furious” films by revealing who killed Han (Sung Kang) and why he was targeted. Deckered Shaw (Jason Statham) wants to make Dom (Vin Diesel) and his friends and family pay for what they did to his brother in “Fast & Furious 6”. The government vows to help Dom stop Deckered if he helps them get a computer genius named Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel) back from a terrorist group. In order for Dom to save his family, and for Brian (Paul Walker) and Mia (Jordana Brewster) to finally be able to have a danger-free life, the crew must join together to stop any who would destroy their family.

“Brian in a mini-van. Times have changed.”

The problem with “Furious 7”, I think, is that the plot tries to do a lot. There’s a revenge plot, a terrorist plot, and the plot about the various family of drivers getting their lives on track. It’s a lot going on in a film, especially when there’s a plethora of entertaining – and very unrealistic – action sequences. It felt like the revenge plot was forgotten about and then BAM! There’s the other villain crashing a party or interrupting a rescue mission. It was a weakly written plot. The terrorist plot isn’t original, but it’s cool. The addition of Ramsey allows for some comedy when she tells people off, but also because she’s terrified of Dom’s driving. In this film, Dom is trying to help Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) re-gain her memories, but she’s scared she won’t remember everything. I like that she tells him to stop pushing her to remember quickly, because she needs to figure things out herself and decide who she is now. There is, however, a big jump from her only having flashes of memory to remembering everything. We aren’t shown how or when she remembers, so it’s jarring. Also, there’s a scene following the big fight near the end with her and Dom that is so cheesy and out of place. She tells Brian to stop administering medical help so she can talk to an injured Dom. I’m sorry, but can’t you talk while he’s being helped? It’s just odd. You might think that because the plot has weak spots that I didn’t like the film, but I did like it. The action scenes make your heart race, and you lean forward in your seat. They may be crazy and unrealistic, sure, but they’re cool and suspenseful.

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What the film gets so, so right is the way it handled Paul Walker’s passing, and the tribute it paid to him. “Furious 7” may sometimes be borderline soap-opera, but the ending is so bittersweet and lovely that it makes you think about the heart of the story: the people. I confess that throughout the film whenever Brian was in danger, I thought they’d write the character out of the film by seriously injuring him. What they actually did is so much better. In “Furious 7”, Brian wants one last adventure with Dom and their friends before he becomes a full-time dad. So the character is given a happy ending with a growing family, and I think that’s the best ending the film could’ve had. If you’re wondering, there are some moments when you can tell it isn’t Walker playing Brian, but the director was smart with camera angles and the CGI team did such a good job of making it look like Paul.

“They say the open road helps you think about where you’ve been and where you’re going.”

For a cast that has been together for such a long time – with a few additions along the way – playing characters they’ve become so familiar with is easy. Diesel plays Dom with intensity, but there are also moments of lightheartedness. Paul Walker is great, as usual, and the way he plays his comedic scenes is hilarious and well done. Statham seems to always be in action films, so nothing is really new. Rodriguez gets to play a more vulnerable Letty in this film, but she’s still strong. Ludacris as Tej provides funny one-liners. Together, the cast make the movie funny, sweet, and more.

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“Furious 7” suffers from a bit of weak plot and some odd scenes, but the action is extremely entertaining even though it’s nowhere near realistic. The one plot the film does really well is that of Paul Walker’s character, Brian, deciding to put his dangerous life behind him so he can be a full-time husband and father. And if you’ve been curious about how the film would handle Walker’s passing, then I think you’ll find it done as tastefully as it could be; the tribute at the end makes the movie special. So go watch “Furious 7” because the action scenes are awesome, but also go see it because it does justice and pays tribute to a great actor.

My Rating: 7.5/10

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About Caitlin Cooper

Caitlin Cooper

Caitlin is an avid watcher of movies and television shows so she decided to use her passion to write about them. She has a B.A. in English Language and Literature with a Minor in Creative Writing.

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