Author’s Note: I must apologize for the delay. It has been a hectic couple of weeks and I haven’t been able to post any review. I decided to go with the review I wrote for Furious 7 because it was so popular and I actually have something to say about this movie. So, go ahead… enjoy it.
Recently the wife and I were discussing what films are the highest grossing. When going down the list of each entry was met with annoyance, irritation, indifference, and non-shock. After reading what movie rounded out the top five, we were left genuinely surprised. I remember Furious 7 doing well in theaters, but I had no clue it had earned $1.5 billion! Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always loved the Fast & Furious films. They’re fun and simple action films, but I never realized that it was such a wide-reaching series. So did the seventh movie in the Fast & Furious franchise earn its 81% Rotten Tomatoes rating? Let’s find out.
After the events of Fast & Furious 6, Dom (Vin Diesel), Brian (Paul Walker), and the rest of the crew have returned to normal lives only to have their world shaken up after Han (Sung Kang) is killed by Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) in an act of revenge for his brother (Luke Evans). In exchange for their help rescuing a kidnapped hacker, a government agent (Kurt Russell) promises to help the crew take down Deckard
One thing you need to prepare yourself for as you sit down to watch Dom & Company’s latest adventure is the amount of absurdity. Even for an action film, we’re starting to reach the insanity peaks with this physics-defying installment. From flawlessly running up a bus as it falls over a cliff to being able to walk away from a top speed head-on crash with a crack of the neck, it’s clear the plot armor was strong in this movie. And you know what? It’s pretty damn impressive.
Once you accept the craziness as being the physics for the Fast & Furious Universe, it’s the right amount of over the top. Director James Wan is unforgiving with the number of balls he places firmly to the wall. Every action beat (and there are a lot of them) hits the mark straight on and gave the not-as-thin-as-usual story a chance to shine.
The acting was predictably… meh. It has never been outstanding, but it isn’t dismal either. Michelle Rodriguez turns in a typically obnoxious performance , Jason Statham plays Jason Statham perfectly, and Vin Diesel and Paul Walker give the exact same performances that they always have (minus Paul Walker in 2 Fast 2 Furious). Meanwhile, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is apparently only in the film to provide trailer moments and give Jason Statham a warmup. Let’s face it; the acting is not why we watch these movies.
Furious 7 is easily the most ridiculous and out-there of the series, but it’s also the most fun to watch. The final fight between Dom and Deckard is outlandish, especially the final moments, but it’s still one of the single most entertaining action flicks I’ve ever seen. Not to mention that it has a very tasteful and heartwarming tribute to the late Paul Walker who unfortunately passed away during the filming of this movie.
Not every movie has to be deep and make you think to be good. Sometimes you need a movie that you can sit back and forget reality because, honestly, fuck reality. Reality sucks harder than The Happening and it doesn’t hurt to forget it every now and then.
If you have the opportunity, pick this movie up and have a fun night in.
*Plot Armor is when something happens in a movie that should kill the character by every right, but the plot isn’t ready to have the character die yet.
Another Author’s Note: Another reason it has taken so long is because I’ve been working on my first video review in… well, a long time. So here’s a treat for my tardiness:
All Images Courtesy of Universal Pictures