Sunday, April 16, 2017

Movie Review: Furious 7

A direct sequel to the sixth installment and an extension of the ever-growing Fast & Furious series, Furious 7 picks up with the lenient physics and insane car stunts that were set as a precedent in the previous films. Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), introduced in the end credits of six, takes out a hospital to visit his comatose brother. He promises revenge on Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his family. Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) is still coping with her amnesia and has some post traumatic stress. Shaw's rampage leads him to the office of Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) where they duke it out over the information about Toretto. 

Brian O'Connor (Paul Walker) is having troubled becoming accustomed to the parent life with Mia (Jordana Brewster). When a mysterious package explodes on Dom's front porch and Dom receives the call from Deckard, he ventures to Tokyo after stopping by to see an injured Hobbs. After a brief cameo from Sean (Lucas Black), the team gets together to mourn Han. Dom chases after Deckard only to crash right into him. Dom gets recruited by Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) who saves his life from Deckard. The mission is set as the team is brought in to work with this shadow organization. 

The first task is to rescue Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel) from the mercenary Jakande (Djimon Hounsou). Mr. Nobody has already gathered Brian, Letty, Tej (Ludacris), and Roman (Tyrese Gibson). Roman has been reliable comedic relief season the second film and really great from Five on, but he shines in this one as an especially hilarious member of the team, trying to take charge. Roman's plan with the help of Tej is to parachute with cars onto an isolated road to free Ramsey from a militarized convoy. Shaw shows up to battle Toretto on the Azerbaijan roads and forest hills. Brian just makes it off a bus before it crashes off a cliff with the help of Letty. Dom has to drive off a cliff just to get away.

The goal of this rescue mission is the God's Eye, a device that can be used for super surveillance. The team has to go to Abu Dhabi where Ramsey's friend has sold a car containing the God's Eye to a wealthy prince. Letty breaks into the prince's room and encounters Kara (Ronda Rousey) setting up a big fight between the ladies. Roman uses his comedic skill to distract while Tej and Ramsey hack into the security system. Brian and Dom try to extract the device from the car but with the increased security have to drive it out of the building into another, in an impressive stunt even for these films. Shaw shows up somehow and is shooting grenades at them as they fly through two skyscrapers finally jumping to safety as the car plummets.

Using the God's Eye, they hunt down Shaw but Jakande swoops in to rescue Shaw and shoot Mr. Nobody. Dom and Brian barely escape but they have to protect Ramsey from Jakande and Shaw. They return to Los Angeles to protect her by speeding around the streets. Jakande flies above the city in a helicopter using a drone to track Ramsey. Shaw confronts Dom at the top of a parking garage, and even Hobbs joins the fight with a chaingun. The battle rages as Brian has to reconnect a satellite, Ramsey is switched from car to car finally ending up with Letty, and Dom fights Shaw. Finally, Dom does some crazy driving to blow up Jakande and the helicopter. The emotional ending is a tribute to Paul Walker who died during the filming. This series has grown to a tremendous size and now an eighth film is in theaters.

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