Fast & Furious 7 Review (contains minor plot details)

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Fast & Furious 7 – 3 out of 5

Awe-inspiring action sequences, chases, and fight scenes are combined with poor plotting and witty dialogue in the latest sequel. The film picks up shortly after the events of part six as villain Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) vows to avenge the hospitalisation of his brother at the hands of Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his team.

As “British badass” Shaw – an all-in-one black-ops/government assassin/rogue agent – embarks on his rampage, the gang are dealing with their own personal problems. Two of their number are dead and Toretto’s wife Letty is still suffering from whiplash-triggered amnesia.

As the action flits between Tokyo, London, Abu Dhabi and Los Angeles, the drama draws in the mysterious Mr Nobody (Kurt Russell) and Djimon Hounsou’s Nigerian terrorist, both of whom wrestle for control of an Orwellian spy device called the God Eye.

While I appreciate that in order to sustain the longevity, the series had to manoeuvre into action adventure territory, but the introduction of characters such as Mr Nobody, and plot devices such as the God’s Eye border on the ridiculous. Also, Jason Statham’s character is severely underused and underdeveloped. You would think someone as skilled as his character would be able to deal with the likes of Dominic Toretto and his crew with relative ease, however the film did link back with “Tokyo Drift” quite nicely.

If you simply want to watch a good action movie then Fast & Furious 7 is a good choice. The action sequences are bigger and better but simply tick a box in my opinion. They look good, but when you put everything into perspective, the weak plot means that in my opinion, FF7 can’t be considered to be the best in the series. However, Fast and Furious 7 is already the most successful in the series, destroying box office records, probably because this is the last movie featuring Paul Walker (who died in a car crash in late 2013). The project was completed after his death using his brothers Caleb and Cody, as well as digital effects, and the filmmakers orchestrate his exit here in a suitably graceful and poetic way.

In true Fast and Furious fashion, the banter between the dysfunctional family provide the real comedy moments, with Tyrese the central focus of the jokes. His relationship with Ludacris’s character has not mellowed throughout the years, and in this film more so, every character seems to have a more defined role in the crew.

With Fast & Furious 8 confirmed, it will be interesting to see how the series progresses into a new,  post-Paul Walker era. Leave your thoughts in the comments section below and vote in the poll.

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