Furious 7 (2015)

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Furious 7 (2015)
  • Time: 140 min
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Thriller
  • Director: James Wan
  • Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Kurt Russell

Storyline:

Dominic Torretto and his crew thought they left the criminal mercenary life behind. They defeated an international terrorist named Owen Shaw and went their seperate ways. But now, Shaw’s brother, Deckard Shaw is out killing the crew one by one for revenge. Worse, a Somalian terrorist called Jakarde, and a shady government official called “Mr. Nobody” are both competing to steal a computer terrorism program called God’s Eye, that can turn any technological device into a weapon. Torretto must reconvene with his team to stop Shaw and retrieve the God’s Eye program while caught in a power struggle between terrorist and the United States government.

8 reviews

  • Movie Name : Furious 7
    Genre : Action
    Rating : Good 3/5

    Enthralling car chases , heavy-duty action stunts coupled with immensely likable stars like Jason Statham, Paul Walker. Rock and Vin Diesel is what defines Furious 7. Fasten your seat belt cause this one gonna blow your mind !!!

    Dom and team faces new challenge when they are contacted by Shaw who vows to wipe out the entire fraternity to avenge his brother’s death.

    It is little surprising to see James Wan taking the director’s seat this from Justin Lin. More surprising is Wan gives you yet another knockout core action film which is breath-taking and stunning and moves away from his comfortable zone of directing horror flicks like SAW, The Conjuring etc. The story is simple but it is execution part which is effective. Though the screenplay falters especially the climax action sequence ( which never ends smile emoticon ) but the gripping performance and well- choreographed stunts will keep you on the toes. I was entertained throughout the film and was almost on the edge seat while watching the car dropping down from 10,000 feet or jumping from one building to another building. Cinematography is excellent . Art direction is spellbinding. Editing could have been better. I think the entire star cast gave a captivating performance and were true to their character. Last few minutes paid tribute to Paul Walker and was well picturised.
    Overall , I liked Furious 7. It had high volatile action , cool car chases and strong performances by entire star cast. Good 3/5

    – Ketan

  • When a series hits theaters with an entry that has reached beyond two trilogies, it shows that something is being done correctly (and I don’t mean straight to Direct-to-Video). Amazingly for all the flack the first number of films critics gave it, each entry managed to become better and better. All around they were good popcorn action flicks that kept things moving (rightfully so). However it wasn’t until about Fast & Furious 6 (2013) that it felt like the story to these characters was beginning to grow into a powerhouse with real substance. This particular aura only became more potent with the untimely death of actor Paul Walker, who essentially was the core of it all. Vin Diesel was also the main character but Paul Walker’s character was how it all began. To say that the last couple of films have been best is now only an understatement. THIS is the franchises greatest output thus far and a satisfying closure for Paul Walker.

    After Dominic Toretto and Co. defeated Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) in the last film, Deckard Shaw (Jason Stathom) Owen’s older brother returns to finish the job. Unfortunately, capturing Shaw won’t be any easier than tasks given before. After putting Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) in the hospital, Dominic and Co. are recruited by Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell), a friend of Hobbs to bring Shaw in, which also requires a prior favor. The favor is getting a flashdrive with important info on it by saving a computer hacker named Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel) from a ruthless arms dealer named Jakande (Djimon Hounsou). It is a lot to take in but it can be digested. Chris Morgan’s screenplay is for most part at the top of his game. The timeline is correctly working in order the minute it starts and continuity is kept tight. All main characters that have faded into the background remain; audiences just see less of them. All backstories and subplots are completed the way they should’ve been.

    All actors are worthy of the role they play (including new additions). Nathalie Emmanuel plays her part smart enough to compliment Tej’s (Ludacris) wits. Kurt Russell’s big return to mainstream theater releases is also a grand welcome. Russell is able to play his character comically while also being serious. Jason Stathom also looked like he enjoyed his role. Considering he usually doesn’t play villains, it certainly wasn’t his usual typecast. Djimon Hounsou as the arms dealer was probably the only character that was the least interesting. He had a significant part; it just wasn’t memorable. Every other main cast member to this film has mastered his or her role. One of the big reasons why there are no flaws in the main casts’ performances is because of how real the relationships are. All the emotions shared on screen feel real because they are real. That means comical, serious, dramatic and heartfelt moments. The interactions are as authentic as they get. With only Paul Walker having half his scenes filmed when he passed, the end result is again only several times truer than they could have ever been.

    Cinematography provided longtime veteran Stephen F. Windon & additionally by Marc Spicer hasn’t lost the touch. With sweeping wide panning shots of various landscapes from the Middle East to the city streets looks great. The action was well staged too. James Wan was a smart replacement for Justin Lin because of his experience with Death Sentence (2007). As ridiculous as the action keeps getting in the series, this was by far the most creative. So many things happen that many viewers may not expect (other than what the trailer showed). The choreography and special effects all worked well in the mix too. Viewers should not be able to tell what scenes Paul Walker missed. It’s as good as Brandon Lee’s The Crow (1994). You really can’t tell. This shows that everyone in this production did it for Paul and it’s sincere it in its delivery.

    Surprisingly, even the music by composer Brian Tyler was an improvement. Unfortunately, for such a long running franchise there is still no main theme. Aside from this though, the action scenes do have energetic tunes to maintain proper flow. However, it is the emotional scenes either between Dominic and Letty or Brian and Mia (it’s mostly for Brian though) that the cues Tyler creates for these moments that truly standout. Plus with some of the exchanges the conversations have, it hits closer to home because of the knowledge that Paul Walker is no longer around. If there’s anything to say about the movie that doesn’t feel right, it’s the fact that so much destruction happens in all these recent entries that the physics do not apply anymore. Seriously, these characters are superhuman! Viewers can’t even knock on Letty’s amnesia or that no consequences come to these characters after all the destruction because if you’re a fan for this long, nobody honestly cares.

    Of all the installments before, it cannot be denied that this is by far its greatest accomplishment. In order to agree with this, you have to be a fan of the franchise or at least find them moderately entertaining; and to make it through 6 films before this, you must be dedicated. Its action is even more over the top than before with physics that still do not apply regularly but every other element overrules them by an enormous margin. Paul Walker’s last film is a respectful and loyal knockout to the end.

  • Let us get the overstuffed plot out of the way: the sins of London have followed the crew back to Los Angeles. Deckard Shaw (the suitably menacing Jason Statham), a special forces assassin who evaded a government-mandated retirement, has sworn revenge against Dom (Vin Diesel) for incapacitating baby brother Owen (Luke Evans) in the previous film. Dom has his own reasons for wanting to get his hands on Deckard, who manages to kill Han from the Tokyo crew, hospitalises Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), and nearly bombs Dom, Brian (Paul Walker), Mia (Jordana Brewster), and Brian and Mia’s young son at their home.

    Mysterious government shadow man Mr. Nobody (a smooth and wily Kurt Russell) offers to help Dom capture Deckard in return for a favour: rescue kidnapped computer hacker Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel) from the clutches of Djimon Hounsou’s international terrorist, and retrieve the software program she developed. The program, not-so-subtly named God’s Eye, is all-seeing, capable of tracking anyone’s movements anywhere on the planet. Of course, this is easier said than done. Both programmer and program are inside a heavily guarded bus somewhere on a remote stretch of a narrow and winding mountain road in Azerbaijan.

    It is admirable that the producers still require a script, such as it is, for a franchise that would greatly benefit from dropping all pretense at a plot. The point of the franchise has always been about the high-speed toys; specifically, crafting increasingly absurd and illogical scenarios wherein all manner of tricked-out vehicles perform eye-popping, jaw-dropping, and breathtaking stunts. On that front, Furious 7 does not disappoint, offering arguably two of the best sequences in the history of the franchise.

    Director James Wan (taking over from longtime helmer Justin Lin) and stunt coordinator Spiro Razatos stage a lengthy sequence that starts with the crew driving their cars out of a cargo plane in mid-air, gliding through the sky in all their sleek majesty before landing with the barest of bumps on that Azerbaijani mountainside. From there, the crew evade machine guns as they near the bus whose back they will rip away, all the better for Brian to fling himself off the hood of his car to engage in fisticuffs with the men holding Ramsey hostage. Deckard, who has the uncanny ability to be wherever the crew is, shows up to bump fenders with Dom, who swerves him down the mountainside before everyone’s vehicle starts catapulting down the steep and rocky slope. Having momentarily ditched Deckard, Dom finds himself and Ramsey surrounded by Hounsou’s crew. Dom, with nowhere else to go, does the only reasonable thing and drives off the cliff.

    Meanwhile, Brian is still on that bus, which has now lost its driver thanks to a bothersome bullet. Brian’s combatant has managed to lock Brian in the bus as it overturns and skids towards the edge of yet another cliff, where the bus will play teeter totter as Brian drops out the front window, hoists himself up, and makes a mad dash as the bus begins to slip to its doom. Oh, and Michelle Rodriguez’s still-amnesiac Letty shows up in the nick of time, sweeping the back of her car over the edge so Brian can catch hold of the bumper once he finishes flying through the air. This sequence alone is worth the price of admission. That Razatos manages to equal it later in the film with a car going from one Abu Dhabi skyscraper to another, without ever touching the ground, is remarkable.

    The returning cast are game as usual, though it is unfortunate that its most valuable player, Mr. Franchise Viagra himself Dwayne Johnson, is sidelined for most of the film. There is something about Johnson that elevates every scene he is in, and why, given the film’s flair for excess, he wasn’t trading punches with Diesel and Statham during their climactic showdown is beyond understanding.

    Furious 7, however, will most likely be remembered as Paul Walker’s final appearance. The actor had only finished filming half of his scenes when he died in a high-speed car crash in November 2013. The filmmakers dealt with the rest of his scenes by using unseen footage of Walker from the previous installments; and shooting new scenes using stand-ins, including Walker’s younger brothers Caleb and Cody, and then digitally superimposing Walker’s face onto their bodies. It is a testament to the late actor that all that time and money were spent – the filmmakers could have just as easily killed off his character, which would have actually strengthened the story’s “family is everything” mantra – and a testament to the technical team’s meticulous work that the end product is so seamless.

    The franchise has never been known for nuance, but it crafts a tasteful and touching farewell that honours both the character and the actor.

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  • Quickie Review:

    Dom (Vin Diesel) and his family finally get to return home after leaving their criminal life behind. This calm life doesn’t last long when Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) seeks out revenge against them for his comatose brother. This franchise made a great comeback in the past three movies, and this movie continues that momentum. Fast & Furious 7 is not perfect, adding too many story elements taking away the screen time from Jason Statham as the principal threat. However, the all-out ridiculous set pieces, non-stop one liners, and the character banter make this movie a joy to watch. Also Fast & Furious 7 serves as a great tribute to the late Paul Walker.

    Full Review:

    Most would agree that the Fast & Furious movies aren’t meant to be taken seriously. The point is to go to the cinema with a group of friends and enjoy the absurd fun while stuffing your face with cinema snacks. Fast & Furious 7 is the perfect film for that. I just wish we had seen more awesomeness from one of the most loved action heroes, Mr. Statham.

    There a lot of movies that have ridiculous amounts of explosions and action set pieces but in the end are horrible movies *cough* Transformers *cough*. What makes Fast & Furious work are the characters that are so likeable. All these sequences would be white noise without the cast. The way they react, interact and tease each other, you can really tell that their comradery is genuine. There are countless moments where I laughed at the sheer stupidity of some of the things going on, but I didn’t care because I was having so much fun. So if you loved the over the top nature of the previous movies with the great cast, you will continue to love this movie.

    My only complaint is also a major one, Jason Statham was too much in the side lines. I love Statham in his movies, and when I saw that he was playing the villain I was excited. However, apart from the final act, he only conveniently appears at random points of the movie to make Dom’s side missions a little harder. Don’t get me wrong, Statham is great in all his scenes, but Djimon Hounsou a secondary villain has just as much screen-time. Hounsou’s character wasn’t even all that significant or menacing to warrant him being in the movie. All he did was scream “WHAT!?” like the artist Lil’ Jon whenever things didn’t go his way. So if the filmmakers had kept Statham as the sole villain it would have served the vendetta plot and the threat that Dom faced a lot better.

    Of course I can’t do this review without mentioning Paul Walker. It was tragic the way he passed away, and all of us know how devastated his family and his Fast & Furious family were. This movie carried a lot of emotional weight for the people involved. The way they honoured Paul Walker was truly heartfelt. I was really moved by the tribute.

    All in all, Fast & Furious 7 was fun and entertaining, did almost everything it set out to do. If you’re not a fan of this franchise this movie will not convert you, but if you are fan then you will have a great time. Even with my complaint with the way Statham’s character was handled, I still highly recommend checking out Fast & Furious 7. A great start to the summer blockbuster season.

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  • The climactic death of Han in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift was a grim eventuality during his tenure in Fast Five and Furious 6, but at the end of the latter it was teased that his death was deliberately perpetrated by British ex-Black Operations psychopath Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham). The motive being that by killing Han Shaw can bait Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his adopted “family” as revenge for them defeating his brother Owen (Luke Evans) in Furious 6. From this point onwards the plot modifies this over-arching revenge story with a Macguffin side-plot involving the enigmatic and enthusiastic “Mr. Nobody” (Kurt Russell) and the sexy & intelligent hacker (literally her only characteristics) Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel of Game of Thrones). Russell adds an extra dose of enthusiastic wit into the mix, Rhonda Rousey and Tony Jaa appear to (successfully) beef up the fight scenes, and Djimon Honsou continues his recent trend of intimidating villainous roles. This all builds upon Furious 6’s James Bond-like jet-setting trend and growing reputation for choice casting, allowing for ridiculous action set-pieces to take place in vastly different locations, and truly allowing the individuality of this series to shine.

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  • Furious 7: Without a doubt, this is the biggest fast and furious movie to date. Everything is bigger. The action scenes are bigger, the car scenes are even faster, and of course, “The Rock” is bigger. Furious 7 was already highly anticipated, and then tragedy struck, Paul Walker was killed in a car crash when filming. He will always be sorely missed and no one can ever take his place. Even though some of the dialogue and action might be a little cheesy, with great action and car sequences, Paul Walker got the send off he deserved in the series he dedicated his life to.

    What I mean by cheesy dialogue is primarily applied to “The Rock’s” lines in the movie. He still has a supporting role but it is not nearly as big as his role in the previous two films. To put it simply, his entire dialogue is a series of one-liners to show how big of a badass he is if for some reason you can’t already tell. It is amusing still, but it gets slightly irritating after a while. Once he takes out a few helicopters single handedly, you forget those lines and just laugh and love the enormous action taking place. The trailer also clearly shows Jason Stathom who plays Deckard Shaw in this installment as the main villain, but he really is only sprinkled throughout the plot. He never really gets the same screen time Luke Evans, who played Owen Shaw, in the previous installment got. Nevertheless, in the screen time he gets, he acts like the ultimate badass that he is and we can’t ask for anything more.

    The action and car scenes speak for themselves. In some of the tallest buildings in the world, we see Vin Diesel and Paul Walker practically fly a car straight through three of them and you can’t ask for more than that. Sure, it might be outlandishly crazy but everyone should know walking into this movie that it is a hardcore action-car film, not an art film. The fight scenes are also pretty well done. Seeing Vin Diesel and Jason Statham going in a slow-mo glorifying fight to the end shot is incredibly funny and widely entertaining at the same time.

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  • The Fast and Furious franchise has come a long way since the cheesy, Point Break rip-off that was 2001’s The Fast and the Furious and under director Justin Lin the franchise truly found it’s muse with Tokyo Drift, Fast 5 and Furious 6 and gradually the franchise has developed into the the high-octane, if outlandish summer blockbuster we all look forward to every year. However, the latest installment in the hit franchise faced a major hurdle when star Paul Walker tragically died mid-way through filming. Despite this however director James Wan completed the film and the results are worthy to the legacy of the previous films.

    The thing about the Fast and Furious movies is what you see is what you get. You know that it’s going to be an adrenaline pumping ride filled with fast cars and over-the-top action sequences involving fast cars. The latest entry in the franchise, Furious 7 is nothing less, infact it’s actually one of the best installments of the franchise. The latest entry picks up where the previous left off, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) wants revenge for his insensate brother, Owen (Luke Evans) and comes after Dominic Toretto and his family, meanwhile a government agent, Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell wants Toretto and his team to help him, help themselves by capturing a computer terrorist program known as the God’s Eye from a Somali terrorist, Jakarde (Djimon Hounsou).

    Furious 7 boasts some of the most audacious set-pieces we’ve ever seen in the series and it’s just as entertaining as you’d expect it to be but this is probably it’s biggest drawback as well. While the action is quite invigorating, it proves excessive at times. This something Furious 6 also did but Fast 5 managed avoid with it’s perfect mix of both action and drama. The writing isn’t particularly great either and while the story works well the film fails to make an impact whenever it’s characters are not jumping off plans or running cars through buildings. The performances are good, Vin Diesel is his usual self as Dominic Toretto, Jason Statham is quite effective as the villain, Kurt Russell is a worthy addition to the cast, Paul also does well in his last role and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, despite having very little screen-time does very well as Agent Hobbs. The tribute to Paul Walker is superbly done and provides a heat-warming and fitting send-off to one of the franchise’s biggest stars.

    In conclusion, Furious 7 is a solid entry in the Fast and Furious franchise that provides us with the unrelenting, high-octane action we’ve come to expect from the franchise, even if it feels excessive at times. The send-off to star Paul Walker is touching and the film itself should please anyone looking for blockbuster popcorn entertainment.

    Final Score: 7.2/10

    -Khalid Rafi

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  • First of all, personally, I love the movie.

    I have heard many people complain about the franchise veering off street racing (and racing in general). I have to agree with you. If you came to watch Furious 7 expecting some racing action, then I am sorry but you will be disappointed.

    On the other hand, the action in this movie is intense and with constant location jumps, be sure to have your seat-belt on, and try not to sweat. Now the reason for this major jump in action? As Vin, the cast, the producer have constantly emphasized, “It gets bigger every time”. And to add, the addition of James Wan as the new director of this second trilogy (yes trilogy, I’ll explain later), he came with the mindset of a major blockbusting action movie, and he did just that.

    So some of you may be upset about the story, but you must come in watching Furious 7 in the mindset of the director and producers, then you can truly appreciate what they are doing.

    From this point, I’m just going to explain other Fast and Furious things, feel free to move on or read on.

    So first, the trilogies. The first trilogy is ‘Fast & Furious’ (4), ‘Fast Five’ (5) & ‘Fast & Furious 6’ (6). Although the stories are consistent with previous movies (Except Tokyo Drift but the order is a known fact) these were produced separately, and you can say this is where things began to veer of street racing. The next trilogy is ‘Furious 7’ (7) and then Fast and Furious (8) and (9). Now with the tragic death of Paul Walker, I think they should just stop at 8, some may think it will end at 7, but here’s the thing, if Paul Walker was alive, he will call us all ‘soft’ (or the word used to define a small feline, or the part between a woman’s legs) if the franchise was to end after 7. Now whether or not 9 will happen (8 is confirmed) is likely, but after that, there are no plans ready yet.

    And just an interesting tip, Furious 7 is actually the movie with most involvement of cars and fighting out of all the movies, involvement in cars however barely includes racing (only the first race in race wars). It also has the least amount of NOS uses. The reason may be more action but also as the movie is longer than the rest (and watching it sure feels like it will never end).

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