A review by CJ Dee
In the last instalment of the Fast & Furious franchise, Dominic Toretto’s (Diesel) crew comatose their nemesis Shaw. This time, Shaw’s brother (Statham) is out for revenge against the Toretto crew.
[‘Comatose’ is not a verb. — Editor]
The crew must team up with government agent Mr Nobody (Russell) to beat Shaw at his own game before he can destroy them.
There’s not a lot to the plot but that’s not why you go see a movie like Fast & Furious 7. It’s fast. It’s furious. It’s some damn good car porn. It delivers on what it sells and not a scrap more.<
In the interest of full disclosure, dear reader, I feel I should tell you that I haven’t seen some of the Fast & Furious movies. I’ve seen 1 and 2, now I’ve seen 7. I haven’t yet made my way around to seeing movies 3-6, not from lack of interest but, mainly, lack of motivation. They’re not going anywhere.
Yet when I saw that number 7 had Kurt Russell in it, I knew I had to see it. My point is that I assumed this wasn’t a franchise where you needed to keep up to date to understand what was happening. I was right. There was just enough backstory to lead the viewer in and the BAM! Cars flying on the road, through buildings and out of planes. Booyah.
The end was reshot after the death of lead male Paul Walker. There couldn’t have been a nicer send off for the series veteran.
Fast & Furious 7 isn’t going to win an Oscar and it’s not going to be something that people are still talking about in 50 years (unless the franchise is still going). What it is, though, is a fun action movie where aesthetically pleasing men drive fast cars around aesthetically pleasing women while people shoot guns and plot plots. If that’s your kind of thing then grab some snacks and settle in for a great trip.
‘Cars can’t fly, Dom. CARS CAN’T FLY!’
Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars
Director: James Wan
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Kurt Russell, Nathalie Emmanuel
Other notable appearances: Lucas Black, Iggy Azalea
Running time: 137 minutes
Watch this if you liked: The Fast and the Furious franchise, Need for Speed, Bad Boys