I’ve just returned from seeing “Furious7” and what a roller coaster of a ride it is. For those not familiar with the Fast and Furious series, this is the 7th entry that features fast cars, lots of explosions, macho guys and strong women. Furious 7 is filed with a vast array of wild, super fantastic, arm chair gripping, pulse pounding way over the top stunts that make you say “How are they going to top this?” but they always do. I Myself did not get into the series until No.4 came out.
Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of Furious 7. James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series that also welcomes back favorites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black. They are joined by international action stars new to the franchise including Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey, Nathalie Emmanuel and Kurt Russell as the head of covert operations that recruits Dom Toretto and his stealth crew.
The series stars Vin Diesel as Dom Toretto and Paul Walker as Brian O’Connor both race car enthusiasts from the streets of L.A. Unfortunately Paul Walker died in a real life high speed accident before the film was completed. When Walker died, the film was only half completed. But filmmakers have digitally fused Walker’s face onto stand-ins (including Walker’s brothers Caleb and Cody) and artfully incorporated footage from previous films. .
This time around Jason Statham playing Deckard Shaw, a former British CIA assassin who was kicked out because even they couldn’t handle him, is out to avenge the team for putting his brother in a coma in the hospital several years ago. Deckard gets in a huge fight with team associate Luke Hobbs (Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson) and after a bone crunching knock down, dragged out window smashing fight Hobbs lands in the hospital. Jason Statham is a great actor and equally adept at playing a mean, evil bad guy here as he is at playing a heroic good guy in “The Expendables” series. Statham has a long film history of playing both sides and he’s a great actor.
Shaw continues on his vengeance spree killing one of the team’s main drivers Han and blows up Vin Diesel’s house. Now it becomes personal and what follows is one of the most cartoonish, outlandish over the top, pulse pounding sequences that would rival any Marvel super heroes.
There is a great sequence where they have to land in the Caucasus Mountains in Azerbaijani on the border of Europe and Asia looking for a hacker named Ramsey who has been kidnapped and who can help them track Shaw. These are brand new souped up high speed cars and dropping them out of the plane with the riders inside them landing on the road is spectacular and wild to say the least. The chase takes them to Abu Dhabi where they end up stealing a prince’s car that is on the top floor of a high rise on three towers which has a flash drive that can track any person anywhere. They race the car through the air crashing through each tower on one side and coming out on the other before crashing below only to have them emerge unscathed. There are suspenseful moments and emotional moments as well, but it is the wild action sequences such as L.A. being shot up and the Rock breaking through his arm cast in the hospital grabbing a gatling gun like cannon shooting at the manned drone attacking them in the streets of L.A. and stealing an ambulance to join in the fracas, crashing it so it blows up in flames only to have him breakthrough the crashed windshield like Superman breaking through a wall.
Upon release, the film became a critical and commercial success. Critics praised the film for its action sequences and its tribute to Paul Walker. It made $392 million in its first three days of release, which is the third highest opening of all time. It has grossed over $500 millon at the box office, making it the second highest-grossing film of 2015.
The original plan was to make ten films in the series and judging by the commercial success of this one I’m sure Furious 8 will soon be in the making. My only question is ,”How are they going to top this?”
Check out the awesome trailer and other great links and see what I mean. 😉