After the events of Fast & Furious 6, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) seeks to take revenge upon Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his gang for the harm caused to his younger brother, Owen (Luke Evans).
Let’s make things clear from the off that this film is all about action and non-stop thrills with not much else happening in other departments… but that’s fine because this franchise knows exactly what it’s best at – and oh shit does it accentuate the positives!?! There are moments of extremely over-the-top cheesy soap opera drama, poor dialogue, and lazy plot structure but it’s so brief, you hardly even notice it. Having not seen F&F 6, I was slightly apprehensive that I may be a little out of the loop but it really didn’t matter as you know from the get-go that this is a plain and simple old fashioned revenge story with a ton of action practically all the way through.
The franchise has come along way since it’s Racer X/Japanese Street racing culture influenced days. It began as an extension of Street racing culture which not only inspired a lot of viewers to partake in troublesome activities but seemed limited to a niche market. However, since the installment of Fast & Furious in 2009, we’ve seen a very successful all-round action packed franchise. Which is exactly why Furious 7 excels as it not only gives the audience what they want but also what they expect. In that regard, you have to give James Wan a lot of credit as it must have been difficult taking on the mantle left by Justin Lin – This master of horror has shown everyone that he’s not a one-trick-pony.
Fans of action films in general will be pleased to see this film not only for it’s high octane style but also for the cast. Martial arts hero Tony Jaa makes a typically electric gung-ho appearance, Kurt Russell is excellently mysterious and chirpy as the enigmatic Mr. Nobody, and fans of UFC will be pleased to see “the world’s most dangerous woman” Ronda Rousey kicking some ass. As a fan of WWE, I was hoping for a bit more of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in this movie but he still turned up with some pretty entertaining one-liners.
I felt Jason Statham was excellent and he fits in to the franchise with such ease (almost as if he was made for it). The usual gang were as good as you’d expect which leads me on to the most obvious issue, Paul Walker. The visual effects (and the help of his two brothers) used to substitute for missing shots of Walker are truly remarkable – for the simple reason that you really can’t tell that he was missing for most of the shooting. The film is a brilliant and wonderful tribute to the man that helped make this franchise become as successful as it has.
The kind of movie Michael Bay would be proud of but also one he’s incapable of making – (We all know it would end up being Pro-America.) If you’re a fan of the franchise, motor racing, scantily clad women, muscular men, explosions or just ridiculously silly pedal to the metal (sorry) action then this film is for you.
3 and a half Lykan Hypersports out of 5
by Simon Garganera Price