Outrageous stunts, incredible fights and gorgeous cars — the latest in the ‘Fast And Furious’ series has it all. With ‘Furious 7’ promising to kick the action into high gear, we all want to know: does Paul Walker’s final ride fire on all cylinders or does it run out of gas? Find out in this review round-up!
The whole gang is back for Furious 7 – Dom (Vin Diesel), Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Mia (Jordana Brewster), Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Ludacris) and Agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson). This time, they battle for revenge against a new villain, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) in a high octane adventure with action driving right off the screen. With Paul Walker‘s untimely death during the filming of this movie, does Furious 7 do justice to its fallen brother? Read the reviews!
‘Furious 7’ Movie Reviews: Furious Action In A Loving Tribute To Paul Walker
The critics knew what they were in for: cars, fights and eye-popping stunts. While they thought the film wasn’t the best in the series (many critics gave that honor to 2011’s Fast Five), they all agreed that this movie certainly delivered a solid film to its fans and gave a proper send-off to the late Paul.
The always-fabulous autos spend much of the time airborne in stunning, heart-dropping effects. But it is in the handling of heartfelt sentiment that “Furious” truly soars, as the on-screen and off-screen family gives one of their own — Paul Walker, who died in a car crash in 2013 as “7” was filming — a near-perfect final ride.
Walker died part-way through the making of Fast & Furious 7; the film was completed with help from his two younger brothers, Caleb and Cody, and some subtle, unobtrusive computer graphics….But as a commemoration of his talent – the peculiar one, vital to Hollywood’s survival, of being able to shine like a brilliant-cut gemstone the moment you climb behind a steering wheel – the film does him justice.
The latest film, which opens Friday, can’t help but take on some deeper meaning, as the death of main cast member Paul Walker, killed in a car accident in late 2013, looms large throughout. But it doesn’t overwhelm—Furious 7 is respectful, even solemn, when it needs to be, but is still, thank God, plenty of crazy fun.
“Furious 7” never even pretends to be a stand-alone movie. This is a fan event through and through, filled with references, inside jokes and a loyalty to continuity that may baffle newcomers. It’s actually less a movie than a collection of scenes that feel constructed to make “Furious” fans cheer. And cheer they will, because “Furious 7” features physics-defying action that looks like it belongs in a superhero movie.
The movie indulges in one or two action sequences too many. The audience is left feeling stuffed to bursting with the spectacle of it all, rather than satisfied and wanting more. However, the final sequence – a delicately rendered goodbye to Paul Walker – entirely resets the tone. There’s something genuinely beautiful in the way they’ve handled his sendoff, and just when you think you can’t take one more car smashing, jaw breaking action extravaganza, Furious 7 switches gears. The farewell to Walker is not only entirely in-line with what this franchise is all about, it will leave even the prickliest Fast and Furious fan just a little bit heartsick.
The final moments, when Mr. Walker’s longtime colleagues say their farewells while he still appears to be on screen with them, are both awkward and moving. They remind you what these movies have always been about, underneath all the noise and the bravado: the ferocity of friendship and the terrible speed of loss.
There you have it, HollywoodLifers. So, are you revving up to go see Furious 7? Tell us below!
— Jason Brow