Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Adeaue, Paul Walker
What can I say? The Fast and the Furious series is one of legends…it’s not exactly perfect. It has so many flaws, plot holes, and technical issues – but at the same time, each of these films, particularly from five onward, has been out of this world exciting and full of entertainment. What you love about these films is a mixture between the characters and their chemistry, the action sequences, and the cars. It’s really simple – this series was meant for guys. Cars, chicks, violence, and beer. If you can take that with a grain of salt, then I encourage you to watch Furious 7 – because all in all, they did it again.
Before you go to the movie, though, I do recommend you freshen up on the series, because at this point, a lot has happened. That’s not rocket science. There’s not too much flashbacks as the movie begins, so if you’re not full of F&F trivia…you might be a little confused as the film begins…but you slowly start to piece things together. I’ll give you the cliffnotes – Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) is out for blood – specifically speaking, Dom’s (Vin Diesel) because his gang put his brother in the hospital. The NSA, or something like that, is willing to give Dom access to God’s Eye, a seriously intrusive security service – to find Shaw – if he’ll agree to do something for them in return..which involves lots of action, stunts, and explosives.
Alright, so I had some issues following the plot as the film began. It’s been a while since I’ve seen the other movies, but when you keep introducing characters, it becomes a bit of a hassle to juggle everything and still make sense. Thankfully, I expected as much, so this wasn’t as big of a deal. You watch these movies for the crazy things that they do, and trust me when I say – there is a lot of great things going on in this film…a lot of it is shown in the trailer…but still. It has a strong focus on Vin Diesel’s character this time around, as he faces off against Statham. There’s a lot of revenge and emotion going on between these two, and it’s really pretty fascinating to watch.
Now that there are seven movies, it’s starting to get really difficult at picking a favorite. Ever since the fifth movie came out, each film has been consistent at displaying just the right amount of energy and emotion. I have to say either the 5th or 6th film is probably my favorite, but again, this is up there. It’s mostly bittersweet because of Paul Walker and his recent passing. There was a lot of questions surrounding how the film would ultimately play that out – and I have an answer.
There are specifically three main scenes that appeared to be altered in respect to Paul Walker’s passing. One is near the beginning, when he is made to promise that there will be no more funerals…I feel like this was key, and they had to put it in – his face just didn’t look right. It was there, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was CGI. Later on, there is a huge action fight scene that Walker stars in…but it’s distant, dark, and is done with careful choreography and camera angles. That’s not him. The last scene I noticed was clearly made as a form of farewell that could have only been done after he died – and I’ll let you decide for yourselves…but I’m pretty sure it was CGI again.
As for respect – they did a good job at making this a send-off film for Walker. Obviously the movie couldn’t be made the way they originally wanted it to be made, but with all due respect, they still did a really good job with it. I wish I could explain more about the route they took, but it would just be too spoilery. Watch it and decide for yourself, but personally, I had fun watching it, and believe the movie itself did a good job saying goodbye to a beloved actor.
This movie kind of had it all. It was action oriented, as always, had an amazing cast, characters, and chemistry – and it was really smart with its farewell message to Paul Walker.
Obviously, they had to change things up. The initial vision had to be changed, and I think Paul’s death effected some scenes that if you’re paying attention – can spot right away. They did a good job, no doubt, but you can spot a few things here and there that feel off or incomplete.