RELEASE DATE: April 3, 2015
STUDIO: Universal Pictures
DIRECTOR: James Wan
MPAA RATING: PG-13 (for prolonged frenetic sequences of violence, action and mayhem, suggestive content and brief
SCREENWRITER: Chris Morgan
STARRING: Paul Walker, Jason Statham, Lucas Black, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Vin Diesel, Djimon Hounsou, Kurt Russell, Tony Jaa, Dwayne Johnson, Nathalie Emmanuel, John Brotherton, Iggy Azaela
Dominic Torreto and his family are coming to the big screen for the seventh time. A new chapter that promises to be more fast and more furious than ever before. With the continuity finally catching up to itself and some of the people they’ve screwed over, the Fast crew becomes the targets. Now, with the blessing of the U.S. Government they hunt those who have taken out Han and are aiming for all of them.
The storyline is a little out of chronological order as the 3rd film is actually the 6th in the series. The ending of Tokyo Drift is the beginning of the 7th movie. With Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw (brother to Furious 6 baddie Owen Shaw) being revealed as the man who took out Han at the end of the 3rd film and currently on the hunt for the rest of the team that brought down his sibling in the 6th film.
Dominic has some help this time from a debuting government agent called Mr. Nobody played by Kurt Russell. Dwayne Johnson as Agent Hobs (although far too little of him) is back as well. The two have some of the best one liners in the movie. Also speaking of newcomers a hacker named Ramsey is a key to taking down the Crews host of enemies. Most Game of Thrones fans will recognize her as Missandei. Dijmon Honsou has a role as bad guy Jakande but, he only is relegated to yelling random orders to his men. Tony Jaa is Kiet a soldier for Jakande and is an extremely welcome addition. His fighting style brings something brutal to the on screen melees. Him and Paul Waklers confrontations are some of the highlights of the action. If you’re in to the chemistry of the Crew from the last few films you’ll love Fast 7 as they’ve all perfected their characters and are very comfortable in their skin.
The action of course is the bread and butter of the series. Let me tell you it’s pretty insane. The enormity of the stunts you see in the trailers are not enough. You must see it full scale on the big screen. I will say though that the way the movie progresses feels like a setup for one big action piece to the next. This kind of makes the film have a detached feel to it as far as keeping you emotionally invested throughout. The movie was finished with the help of Paul Walkers brothers and CGI after his sudden death during the filming process of Fast 7. Honestly, it was done fantastically. I could not tell when they used the brothers or CGI except for one point in the send off tribute sequence to end the film. By the way, the tribute/send off was awesome as Dominic’s speech could have been to used to talk to Brian or Walker in reality as it felt like a goodbye between two guys that spent years together and were brothers.
Overall, the Fast franchise is putting out one of it’s best entries. The action is bigger and better. The cars are freaking awesome as always. And they found a meaningful and tasteful way to write Paul Walker out of the storyline. Never thought I’d be when the 1st came out but, I can’t wait to see the 8th.