Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of Furious 7.
James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series that also welcomes back favorites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black.
They are joined by international action stars new to the franchise including Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey, Nathalie Emmanuel and Kurt Russell. Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel and Michael Fottrell return to produce the film written by Chris Morgan
What We Thought:
I can’t help but think that if you watch Furious 7 and don’t like it, then you probably shouldn’t have been watching it in the first place.
And what I mean by that is this: these movies do a very particular thing, and they do it extremely well. If you haven’t figured out by now whether you like them or not, you probably don’t. If you like the previous films, there’s absolutely no reason on earth you shouldn’t like this one.
Me, I loved it. I literally sat in the theater grinning from the very first scene to the last. The action scenes are incredible, the dialogue is incredibly bad (as usual), and Jason Statham makes a kick-ass villain.
Of course, the shadow of Paul Walker’s death hangs over this film, and it makes for a little more emotional punch than usual. I always liked Paul Walker; he was never the greatest actor in the world, but he really did fit so well into the Fast and Furious universe. The film doesn’t shy away from his tragic death, either; the end of the movie pays nice tributee to him, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get teary-eyed while watching it.
Luckily, that sadness doesn’t take away from the film’s overall mood and enjoyment. It’s easy to get lost in the bombastic action and enjoy it for what it is: an over-the-top action movie that pulls out all the stops and then some.
For my money, Fast Five is hands-down the best action film of the past decade, and while Furious 7 doesn’t reach that high water mark, it’s a touch better than Fast & Furious 6, making it one of the best entries in the franchise. It’s obvious that this will be another box office juggernaut, but I think people are going to have a really good time getting it there, too.