Friday, April 10, 2015

Furious 7

Release Date: Apr 03, 2015 
Runtime: 2 hr. 17 min. 
Director: James Wan 
Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Kurt Russell, Djimon Hounsou,
Tony Jaa.

The "Fast and Furious" franchise has gone through its share of metamorphic changes, from imports to actors to out-of-this-world stunts. But one thing that's stayed true has been its affinity towards family a notion more applicable now with the unfortunate passing of Paul Walker. In spite of the hardships, the series has endured for this reason or another, and the latest installment is a testament to that sentimental value. As a continuation from "Fast & Furious 6" and, in turn, "Tokyo Drift," the gang is now being hunted by the brother of Owen Shaw (Luke Evans.) Jason Statham joins the cast of automotive villains, as an ex-special forces operative with an appetite for vengeance. Unlike previous adversaries before him, he's a physicality to be dealt with, proving to be a match for even Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. In a chase that spans the world from LA to Abu Dhabi, the action stakes are higher than ever before. Airdrops and building jumps are only the tip of the iceberg, as James Wan pulls out all the stops in this high-octane frenzy. Just as improbability takes the forefront in every action sequence, the emotional ties are visible in every heartfelt conversation. Using a reverential combination of CGI and body doubles of his siblings, Walker gets a proper sendoff in his final performance. Alongside those who that have stood by his side including some old from "Furious" past his story comes full circle in a gratifying way. With parallels to the first film, as well as its successors, there's a sense of nostalgia deep beneath the surface. Of course, the plot itself is not as equally substantial, as additional narratives further complicate the matter. But Wan does a good job of carrying on the torch, taking over for Justin Lin who has directed the previous four films. At the end of the day, it's the fond memories that will ceremoniously live on though live on it shall in at least two more sequels.

Rating: 4 stars

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