Monday, April 6, 2015
Furious 7 Review: One Satisfying Ride
Continuing from Furious 6, Furious 7 has vengeance hitting home for Dominic Torretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew. When assassin Deckard Shaw ( Jason Stathem) seeks payback for his brother Owen (Luke Evans), Dom seeks revenge himself after Deckard destroyed the Torretto house and killed fellow crew member Han (Sung Kang). This leads Dom, Bryan (Paul Walker), Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) and the rest of the crew on global mission to get an item for Agent Frank Petty (Kurt Russell) who in return will help Dom track down Shaw and kill him.
The stories to this franchise have never been complex; though I compliment the series for its sense of continuity. However, these movies have never needed dynamic plots to be engaging. The plot to Furious 7 is no exception from this particular factor. The movie follows the action movie plot forte to a tee, and keeping true to this formula does work in the movie's favor. Because of its simple narrative, the plot was easy to follow while not feeling to much like a rehashed story. Though the pacing was a bit extensive, it still work for Furious 7's story by creating a plot that ,in my opinion, brings the series to a full circle.
It is hard to believe how established The Fast and Furious ensemble has been. Sure enough, this franchise has formulated a strong cast of characters; and much like the movie's story, Furious 7 keeps true to this strength. Vin Diesel and Paul Walker continue to be engaging leads as Dominic and Bryan. Though Dominic does not develop a great deal in this film, he continues to be a likable anti-hero while Bryan does get some development as he plays the hero on the verge of retiring. Michelle Rodriguez as Letty continues her development that started in Furious 6. While her development does not have a major impact on the overall story, it was good for the filmmakers to continue this progression for the character's sake. Both Roman (Tyrese Gibson) and Tej (Chris Bridges) were as enjoyable as always, though Tyrese's comic relief was bit excessive. Hobs (Dwayne Johnson) was barely in the film due to the plot, but far be for it for The Rock not to make every moment count.
Furious 7 certainly lives up to the name Fast and Furious. Though it can be argued that this one is the best in the series, I can safely say that the film is among the better movies in the series as it exceeds at being a popcorn film. Among the movies many attributes, I feel that Furious 7 could be a fitting conclusion to the franchise; that is if the filmmakers/studio decided to end it here. If anything, the movie is a good send off to Paul Walker's character, which was cemented in a touching moment at the end of the film. Needless to say, Furious 7 shifts all the right gears as this film is a terrific blockbuster to see this year.