Furious 7

Oh man, it’s the Furious 7. It’s finally out. I have seen all the movies, though out of order. For simplicity’s sake, I’ll refer to them by number rather than their own title things. I saw 1, 5 (which got me back into the series), 2, 4, 3, 6 and now 7.

Furious 7 continues the trend set by 5 and 6. That means it makes physics bend over and take it. The plane takedown scene in 6 is still my favorite, but 7 pulls of some great and ridiculous stunts. Any normal people would have died many times over, but by now you should all know that the team has superhuman durability. The bad guys get pretty physical as well.

The action scenes are great as always. Things normally done with people, such as cornering someone against a cliff, is now done with cars. Other things done with cars? Skydiving. Man, Fast and Furious.

Furious 7 intersperses the action and crazy hijinks with some poignant character moments, but it never loses the fun and awesomeness. And everything can be solved with the right car. The quiet scenes bring a sense that the characters are people that feel deeply pained by what’s been going on.

Basically, if you’ve watched at least 5 and 6, you’ll want to see this and see how the story ends. They might make some more Fast and Furious movies after this, but it will be different due to the unfornate real life death of Paul Walker. Many scenes in the movie feel overly tragic with what happened, but at the end, they added in their tribute to him in a touching way.

They managed to complete the movie very well. I’m not sure just how much they got done with the filming, but the final product very much feels like he’s still there all the time. They did a great job finishing up the film that kept the character of Brian O’Connor throughout.

Moving on to some spoilers for the movie.

I wanted more Sean (Lucas Black) and Twinkie (Bow Wow), actually. I don’t care that they’re technically still playing teenagers despite the actors aging 9¬†years or so. Sure, Tokyo Drift wasn’t as well-recieved as as the others in the series, but I was hoping they would join the team ever since the end of 6. Even as back late as 4, Sean felt like he could have driven with the team, but I suppose with 5 and 6, there was no way that was happening. But their scenes amounted to just a tiny bit more than what we saw at the end of 3.

As for the bad guy, Jason Statham plays the older brother of the previous movies villain. And from what you know of Owen Shaw, the older brother should be awesome. The character does not disappoint. He hounds the protagonists for most of the movie without any backup at all, and he’s going up against five or so people.

The other villain, and yes, there are two, is played by Djimon Hounsou. He barely got any mentioning in promotional materials, I think. He actually only feels threatening because he brings all the weapons. But he certainly is more active compared to the other movies’ boss type ordering people around villains. And that way, it doesn’t take away from Jason Statham’s one man wrecker even when they do eventually team up.

Also, Inspector Hobbs is awesome, as always.

And I got to wonder if they planned out movies 4, 5, 6 and 7 since the ending of the 3rd? If so, that was some really long foreshadowing going on. But I enjoy that kind of planning, so bravo.

Goodbye, Paul.