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FURIOUS 7

Movie review by David Blackwell

 

137 minutes, Rated PG-13

STUDIO: Universal Pictures/ Original Film/ One Race Films

Theatrical RELEASE DATE: 4-3-2015

Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) looks for revenge for what our band of racing heroes did to Deckard’s younger brother Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) and he starts to strike out at everyone close to Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel).  Dom wants to kill Deckard for trying to kill his sister Mia, Brian (Paul Walker in his last acting role), and her son.   He gets help from some super secret agent (Kurt Russell) who wants Dom and his crew (Brian, Letty, Tej, Roman) to rescue some super hacker who has created some super tracking software and he will let Dom use to track Deckard Shaw (which is kinda of a McGuffin since Deckard is hunting Dom anywhere he goes and it is never addressed how is Deckard is able to find Dom and his crew anywhere).   Also Letty is starting to remember who she was before her accident in the fourth FAST AND THE FURIOUS movie.

 

FURIOUS 7 is an inferior follow up to the really great FAST FIVE and almost as good FAST AND FURIOUS 6.   The cars parachuting out of a plane is cool, but the direction of the movie features too many super cuts and shaky camera like the camera operator is undergoing the shakes or some type of drug withdrawal.   They do tie up some threads from previous movies while coming up with some massive plot holes.  You don’t go to theses type of movies for the plot.  The audience goes for the over-the-sop car stuff, the likeable cast, and the babes.  Jason Statham is pretty awesome as a bad guy that you wonder whether you should be rooting for him or for Vin Diesel.   The car stuff is very much over-the-top compared to the last three movies and I hope that James Wan- the director of FURIOUS 7 learns to dial back on the camera style for this movie and make the action seem clearer and less jittery for AQUAMAN (if he ends up doing that movie).   This sequel is making a lot of money, but I hope Universal Pictures gives this series a break for them to think of a better plot for the eighth FAST AND FURIOUS movie.  If they don’t do another FAST AND THE FURIOUS movie, this imperfect sequel is going to the best they can do as a send off for the franchise.

 

This review is 4-10-2015 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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