Vic's Flick Picks
(4 Popcorn Boxes)
Even before Furious 7 hit the theaters, the brilliant daughter and I agreed on one thing after watching the preview trailers… the seventh installment of any movie should not look this good! As always, this Fast and Furious sequel (as per usual, I do not include movie two and three – they were awful) lives up to the hype.
So, what did they do different to make Furious 7 interesting? Nothing! Lots of cars chases, fight scenes, explosions and bullets. Still as cool as in films four, five and six.
In Furious 7 we learn that Dom (Vin Diesel), Brian (Paul Walker), Mia (Jordana Brewster) and the rest of the team… Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Ludacris) and Letty (Michelle Rodrigez) are being hunted by Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) who is the older brother of bad guy Shaw from Fast and Furious 6, things did not end well for him.
I know! Jason Statham! Handsome Rob! How exciting is that?!?!?!?!?! I’m pretty sure I squealed at the end of Fast 6 when he showed up on screen.
While the car racing and chasing was just as mind-blowing as ever (rs can’t fly Dom!”), I think the fight scenes were more intense this time around. And not just because of Statham, although his fights with Diesel were amazing. In my humble opinion Brian was much more visible in the fighting and he was brilliant. I had a hard time catching my breath as he was running out of a huge RV/military headquarters bus thingy – as it was falling off a cliff! Bam! Wicked.
We meet some good guy new characters too… Kurt Russell is Mr. Nobody, the government agent who needs Dom and the team to help him rescue Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel), a hacker who has created the ultimate spying machine. I am mostly sure the real government doesn’t use street racers to do their retrieval work, but it would be a whole lot cooler if they did. (rs don’t fly!”)
Four boxes out of five for Furious 7. If you aren’t a fan of the Fast movies, this will be just one more that you don’t like – and why did you buy a ticket? If you are a fan you will love the fights, love the cars, love the chases, be ambivalent about the storyline and love the team. The team, mi familia, is always the heart of why we laugh at the humor and yell OH! (everyone in the theater) when that car hits the tree. As a tribute to the late Paul Walker, the final 10 minutes before the credits are meaningful and tastefully done. I almost cried. The film is rated PG-13 for violence, action and serious mayhem.
I hope you get a chance to check out Furious 7, but for all the talk about “one last ride” I can’t imagine the powers that be will turn their backs on this multi-kazillion dollar making franchise. I’ll wait for eight.
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Another easy one – I’m still recovering from the awesomeness of Statham and Diesel in a street fight with gi-normous wrenches and stuff. Why do I call Jason Statham ‘Handsome Rob’?
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