Film Review - Furious 7
Well I just got out of Furious 7. The seventh film in the underground racing franchise that at this point in the series centers on Dom Torretto and his "family" of street racers. In this film he and his family are being hunted by Deckard Shaw, the brother of Owen Shaw the villain in the last movie. The movie plays like an homage to the entire series. This is the movie that Paul Walker did not get to finish as he passed away during filming. There is a really beautiful send off at the end of the movie for him that I thought was really well done. Now that I got that out of the way, what about the movie. Seeing as there are seven of these movies you should know what you are getting in to by now. This movie has plenty of car chases, hot women, car racing, and fight scenes. There are three standout fight scenes in this movie to me. The first one is the Rock vs. Jason Statham's Deckard Shaw and yes the Rock does the Rock Bottom. The second fight that I enjoyed was Tony Jaa (yes he is in the movie) vs. Paul Walker. Actually, I thought the scenes with Jaa while not that many were not that bad. The last fight I enjoyed was Michelle Rodriguez vs Ronda Rousey, this is another one that I thought was shot well. As a matter of fact the stunts in my opinion were all shot well and I may just have to pick this one up on blu ray just to see how they did some of that stuff. The action sequences as well were done well. Jason Statham in the movie acts like his character from the Transporter movies only completely evil and almost Terminator like in his mission to get Dom for what they did to his brother. I actually liked that about the movie. Now here's what I didn't like about the film. If you know me or have been reading my blog for a while then you know I hate when a movie has to many plots going on in the story. I mean I know what I signed up for when I walked in to this movie but there were still one to many plots going on for me. Some of the cameos in the movie as well felt forced (I'm looking at you Iggy Azalea and T-Pain). I am not going to even talk about the laws of physics because those were abandoned in Fast Five. However, I couldn't help but feel like they were the Avengers of car racers. I mean they really tried to turn them in to super heroes, it was kinda funny to me.
With any film in this franchise you are going to see a lot of half-naked beautiful young women. There will be the occasional cuss word dropped. There will also be action and violence in the movie as well. That being said it is rated PG-13 and if they have watched any of the previous films I don't see why they can't watch this one. Also the film runs at about 2 hours and 20 minutes long, but it doesn't feel like it, the film has good pacing.
I am going to give this a MATINEE. By now you should know what you're getting in to and it is a nice film to see on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Also it was nice to see the sendoff that they did for Paul. It was a really nice touch and the way they ended it was in such a way that they can keep going or stop. Time will tell, but something tells me we're going to get more of these.