The latest installment of the Fast and Furious franchise has arrived and it is bigger and better than it’s previous adventures. Bringing back the old crew of Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodrigues, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Tyrese Gibson, Dwayne Johnson and Jordana Brewster, plus a few new extra faces, this film was unstoppable. And the amount it has made at the box office opening weekend proves just that.
Furious 7 picks up where 6 left off. Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) has been hospitalised, and his big bad brother Deckard (Jason Statham) is out for revenge against Dominic Toretto’s (Vin Deisel) family. In steps Kurt Russell’s mysterious Mr. Nobody who offers them a deal to find a tracking device God’s Eye created by the gorgeous Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel) and Toretto can use the device to find Deckard and take him out.
This latest escapade takes all over the world, Abu Dhabi, Turkmenistan, Tokyo and back to Los Angeles for a final showdown. And the final showdown is spectacular. Furious 7 is, typical of the franchise, filled with wild car chases and stunts (flying cars!), gun fights and street fights that bring you to the edge of the seat. The camera work in this film is brilliant too. You feel as though you’re in the car yourself as the camera rolls with the car, andjolts as the car rights itself. It makes it more intimate.
The cars in this installment do not hold back. Featuring Torreto’s signature car the 1970 Dodge Charger once again (with that sexy engine roar), an Aston Martin DB9 for the English villian Deckard, but topping them all is the £2.3 million Lykan Hypersport. A stunning car with only seven in the world, and Toretto drives through 3 skyscrapers and then it tumbles to its death. The gasp of what can only be described as horror at such destruction that rippled through the cinema was amusing to say the least. (It wasn’t an actual Lykan Hypersport, just a model).
The film doesn’t disappoint in the comedy area either. Tyrese Gibson is on top form as the fast talking Roman, always ready to talk his way out of the situation or hilariously panic when he can’t. And his back and forth between Tej (‘Ludacris’ Bridges) and Brian (Walker) creates a lot of laughs. This lighthearted goofiness has always been a big appeal for the Fast and Furious films.
Similar to the previous films, Furious 7 has an emotional heart. With continuing themes of family and loyalty, this one creates more of an impact being Walkers last film ever as he died during production in 2013. A touching tribute at the end reminds us that these films are not just about the fast cars, beautiful women and impressive stunts but a family who stay together no matter what, and those that are lost are never forgotten.