Furious 7 – Review

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May I present to you the highly anticipated Furious 7!  I have to say that I was one of the many millions that was excited about this movie.  I love the Fast and Furious franchise.  When they announced that Jason Statham would be joining the lineup, I was stoked!  I’ve been following his movies since The Transporter series.  However I was a bit skeptical because I’m not a huge fan of sequels.(Star Wars Phantom Menace just ruined it for me.)  I went to see this movie and I have to say, it did NOT disappoint!

Furious 7 opens with what the “team” did to Shaw in the 6th movie.  Shaw is in a hospital bed and his big bad brother, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), comes to his bed side and vows to get back at those who did this to him.  Deckard begins to seek out members of that team and goes to LA where he finds Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and they begin to battle it out at Hobbs’s office.  It is here that Deckard gets the famous “rock bottom” from Hobbs that so many recognize from his career in the World Wrestling Entertainment world.  Hobbs ends up in the hospital.  Deckard’s attack continues on the team. The Torreto family receives a package from Tokyo on their doorstep at the classic house from the 1st movie where everyone came together.  Torreto (Vin Diesel) receives a call from Deckard and shortly thereafter the package explodes destroying their house.  It was here that Torreto finds out that Deckard already killed Han in Tokyo.  He makes a quick trip there, retrieves the items left by Han and then comes back to LA.

Hobbs asks for Torreto in the hospital and they exchange some dialog of who is after them and how to find him.  Deckard is described as a special forces kind of guy that has taken out entire teams who have tried to capture him.  During the funeral of Jun Torreto spots Deckard driving through the graveyard and the scenes quickly jump into a high speed pursuit.  The pursuit is brought to a halt when Deckard faces off against Torreto and the two play chicken.  Of course, both being the type that never give up, they smash their cars into each other and then the moment that I’d been waiting for, a fist fight ensued in the classic Statham style that we all know and love from his prior movies.  Torreto is about be wasted by Deckard when the team of Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) storms in and allow Deckard to escape.

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Mr. Nobody strikes a deal with Torreto and his team to extract a hacker from a trained assassin that has the technology called “god’s eye.”  Torreto and his team parachute their cars out of a plane, yes the CARS PARACHUTE out of a plane, and the team pursues the bus with the hacker inside.  It felt like the 1st film with their takeover style of the bus and the armored vehicles around them.  Brian (Paul Walker) jumps into action leaping off the car of his team members into the bus.  As Brian battles his way through guard after guard he finally rescues the hacker and begins to extract her.  He gets her to “safety” with Torreto and then goes into a knock down drag out fight with another bad dude as the bus is being ripped apart by all the vehicles around it.  It eventually goes onto the side.  Brian and the bad dude slide to the edge of a cliff. I have to admit every scene like this one in the movie I was on the edge of my seat knowing that Paul Walker died during filming, I thought that they would kill off his character in a scene like this.  Brian ends up escaping, in only the fashion that Fast and Furious do, with a slide to the edge of the cliff by Letty (Michelle Rodrigues) and Brian grabbing onto the back fin of the her car.  Torreto and the hacker are side swiped by Deckard and the two exchange vehicle jabs at the edges of the cliffs.  You’d have to see it to believe it.  These scenes were done with great art and exhilaration.  Torreto and the team plus one hacker head to the sandy beaches in Egypt to obtain “god’s eye” from a friend.  A lot of action in this attempt to get the USB drive followed by “flying 3.4 million dollar cars” and fight scenes between Letty and the man-beast woman body guard.

The team decide to face Deckard in LA on their streets that they know.  The final battle scenes involve the assassin that stole the hacker, Deckard and the bad dude from the bus scene.  The team are all involved in their battles while Brian’s family are safely in the Dominican Republic.  The end fight scenes draw a good majority of 40 minutes and really leave you on the edge of your seat.  I loved the tribute to Paul Walker at the end of the film and it brought tears to the eyes of my wife seeing this touching part of the film.  I would say, as with all other sequels, that nothing is as good as the original, but for a sequel, this is a MUST SEE!

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