Thursday, April 2, 2015

A Furious Farewell

      It's been a long time coming. The Fast and Furious Franchise makes a lot of money. The last 3 films have truly been the best of the bunch, but with Paul Walker's untimely passing, no one knew what was next? The film was re written. The cast returned to filming. The final product is in theaters now. You can't help but feel sorry for the cast and crew, but this film truly embraces the idea of the show going on. Is it too much to overcome or a fitting tribute to someone gone too soon?

Dom and the crew thought they got their lives back. They defeated an international terrorist named Owen Shaw and came home with their freedom. But now, Shaw's brother, Deckard Shaw is out killing the crew one by one for revenge. Worse, a Somalian terrorist called Jakarde, and a shady government official called "Mr. Nobody" are both competing to steal a computer terrorism program called God's Eye, that can turn any technological device into a weapon. Dom must put the team together to stop Shaw,,retrieve the God's Eye program, and settle the score.

   Furious 7 requires some suspension of disbelief. Most of theses movies do, but more so here. The stunts are bigger and over the top, but these films have evolved. There is a real story and characters that we care about even beyond Walker's Brian O'Connor. The cast has incredible chemistry and you can tell they love to make these beyond profit. The stunts are fun and stuff in Abu Dhabi is some of the best.

  The film takes us to new places, but also takes us home in a sense. The house in California and Race Wars all feature. We also finally make it to Tokyo and deal with Haan's passing. The transition is seem less, but Lucas Black has little more than a cameo. The movie does wrap up loose ends and the biggest of which we will get to.

  The action is top notch. The fight between the Rock and Jason Statham is early and epic. It's got cars, exotic locations, a good story, new characters, old faces, and purpose. Furious 7 is more than just the latest chapter in the life of Dominic Toretto. It is the end of an era. One last ride. Paul Walker was there from the start. You can tell how hard they worked. He is in the film without being in the film. I felt like I knew where the rewrites came into play. There will probably be a Furious 8, but it will be without Paul Walker. So will every other installment. The film ties up loose ends as best they could. It has a few flaws, but it is a fitting tribute. The last scenes of the movie are beyond touching. CG or not. In the end, Furious 7 is worth one last ride.


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