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Fast & Furious 7

April 9, 2015

Furious 7 (** ½)

I’m sure glad that they chose to show clips from the last couple of installments of the Fast and Furious series at the beginning of Furious 7, the latest installment in a series that has turned out to have way more mileage than anyone would have possibly guessed. I’m thinking that perhaps director James Wan realizes that these films have such a fleeting nature that perhaps it’s best to incorporate some scenes from previous entries for filmgoers like myself who have trouble remembering what we just experienced some five minutes after exiting the theater. It isn’t that the films in this series are bad, per se. They’re fairly engaging and fun to experience as they’re unfolding. The trouble is, like so many tent pole franchise pictures of this nature, there’s so little substance in these things that there’s not much worth remembering when the dust has settled. In fact, I’m already hoping that whoever the director of the eighth installment of this series turns out to be has the good sense to include scenes from this picture because I’m sure I will have forgotten ninety percent of it once this review is written, but that’s another story.

The plot is nothing you haven’t seen a hundred times before in films like this but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t competently done and fairly compelling as far as these sorts of things go.

Rodriguez & Diesel in Fast & Furious 7

Jason Statham is the villain this go round as the Furious gang put a hurtin’ on his brother in the last film and he’s out for blood. He plans on wiping out the entire gang unless Dom (Vin Diesel), Brian (Paul Walker), Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) and the rest of the Fast-Furious bunch can stop him dead in his tracks first. With FBI agent, Luke (Dwayne Johnson), in a hospital bed for half of the picture, the rest of the gang carries on their mission. Just when they almost have their man, another agent (Kurt Russell) interrupts the group’s exploits to enlist their help with recovering a hacked computer device. Of course, this is where the bulk of the film’s admittedly incredible stunts and set pieces come into play and they do astound.

Of course, the question most want to know is if the late actor Paul Walker gets the send off that he deserves. The answer is yes, indeed, he does and it may even bring a tear or two to the eye of those who have a certain fond feeling for this series. Then again, who would really expect anything less than the kind of tribute that the filmmakers include in the film?

Just because Paul Walker’s character won’t be a part of future installments doesn’t mean that the filmmakers are intent on stopping here. Make no mistake about that as the filmmakers leave the doors wide open for episode eight in the series and I’m sure it will turn up sooner rather than later. For those indiscriminate action fans, Furious 7 will not disappoint. And that’s really all that needs to be said about the film.

This film is playing all over North Carolina.

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