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Yesterday I saw “Furious Seven”, the 7th (but hopefully not the last) installment of the Fast & Furious franchise. In the spirit of full disclosure I will say that I LOVE these movies (with the exception of 2 & 3 which were barely mediocre). Ever since the first one I fell in love with the insanity, the stupidity and the machismo. As the movies have grown up, we see the characters turn into real people, not just caricatures. They are more than just street racing thugs, they’re a family, they’re people.
All of that being said, this is still an action movie, it basically goes from zero to insane in about ten seconds. But it does it in the most delightful way possible. Watching the movie, you know they all had a blast making it, knowing that the stunts were getting more and more insane (all I have to say is flying cars…FLYING cars…you gotta see it to understand). As the stunts reach insanity levels you cannot help but wonder how they could possibly top themselves…and then they do.
The death of Paul Walker does dampen the fun slightly (especially at the end) but only because you know you won’t be seeing him in the 8th installment (that Vin Diesel teased on Jimmy Kimmel recently), the dynamic between Walker and Diesel is fantastic. They are truly brothers on and off-screen. The family bond between the actors is part of what makes the Furious Franchise so much fun, you can tell that they all genuinely love each other on and off screen.
The addition of The Rock (aka Dwayne Johnson) to the mix adds another level of fun to the whole ridiculous romp. He actually FLEXES his way out of a cast. It was amazing.
The story is a simple one, if you saw the 6th movie you know that the Furious Crew took on a London terrorist and his brother (the ever wonderful Jason Statham) is out seeking revenge for his brother. Statham’s character is a bad-ass “Shadow” from British Secret Ops and he will stop at nothing to kill the Furious Crew, one at a time. Once the crew realizes what’s happening they immediately go on the defensive (with the help of Kurt-Freaking-Russel!) to take care of the problem. Because, as they say over and over, they are family and you don’t mess with a family.
I don’t want to spoil too much so I’ll leave it at this, what we experience with “Furious Seven” is a fun romp through multiple countries with the required awesome cars, beautiful women and machismo that we have come to expect from this group. They do not disappoint in any way.
Oh, and there is a KICK ASS lady fight between Michele Rodriguez and MMA fighter Ronda Rousey. What I really enjoy about the Furious movies is that they don’t shy away from letting the women kick some butt. Women aren’t just eye candy in these movies, Gal Gadot and Michelle Rodriquez especially prove that, time and time again.
The movie is a non-stop action powerhouse…and then we get to the end. Unless you have been living under a rock you know that Paul Walker died tragically during the filming of the movie and they had to use both CGI and his brother to fill in some of his scenes (If you can tell what scenes those are, you’re better than me, I couldn’t see it) so you know that the end is going to be sad in some way. And it does not disappoint. I’ll admit to weeping openly (I was not the only one) at the touching tribute to Walker that Diesel and the Crew created.
If you are looking for a movie with fun, sexy ladies, spectacular and pretty insane action and cars than I’d say that “Furious Seven” is for you. It’s in theaters now so get out there and enjoy the crap outta some monster cars and action!
Did you see “Furious Seven”? If so, what did YOU think? Tell me in the comments!