I didn’t know where to start when it came to the seventh install of the Fast & Furious franchise when I’ve never seen any of the movies before this. I knew nothing more about it than cars, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and the fact that my boyfriend obsesses over all the movies. I can’t count the number of times my boyfriend tried convincing me to go watch the movie with him, so I was ecstatic when I was sent an advanced copy of Furious 7. I knew I was going to gain points with my boyfriend and this would be a great opportunity to have our movie night!
Where would this well famed franchise go following the devastating loss of one of its prime characters. How does it rebound from the loss of a character who has been the center focus in six of the seven movies? I was curious, but first…I was curious how the story progressed to this point since I hadn’t seen any of the earlier movies? After annoying my boyfriend for the first 15mins, I was surprisingly deeply enthralled in the action packed storyline. I’ll be honest, I had no expectations. I anticipated a lot of cars; a lot of sweaty man stuff; and a boring storyline I probably will dose off to. From the moment the story begins you’re faced with action. Jason Stathams character opens up in one of the most bada** ways. The instant action between him, Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Dom (Vin Diesel) is projected so well. It leaves you want more impact scenes. I was surprised at the actual lack of car based storyline. There was so much physical action that it took my attention of the boring car stuff. One could give all the credit to the director, James Wan for the successful execution in this movie, but major credit must be given to Stephen Windon and Marc Spicer. The true hero behind the cinematography! Instead of the fast paced, adrenaline rushing through the fuel lines approach, the movie leaves you on the edge of your seat wondering how they could possibly match the intelligence of Deckard, the brother of Shaw, the character the ‘team’ chased in Fast 6. This villain is a lot more intelligent and much more powerful than his kin. Some may say this matches up a Vin Diesel & Jason Statham rivalry for another movie ahead.
Beyond the blows of the fight scenes and the many crashes in the chase screens, this story had a deeper message of retiring the fallen Brian O’Conner, Paul Walker’s character- and you could this in how much of a role Vin Diesel played in this movie. Overall the route they took was a very admiral and honorable way to retire everything that Brian had stood for and accomplished to this point. It was time to take a different road. One that is around and safe for the raising of his now two children. Although the character may be gone for now, it’s going to be interesting to see how Vin Diesel can carry this franchise on his back alone. The ending leaves an open slate for Lin to start a new chapter. How will the fans take to this idea…? I do know that I’ll be interested in sitting through another two hours to watch this. If you’re skeptacle that this may only be about cars, it might be wise to reconsider your opinion. I assure you that you’ll be mistaken and take a whole new stance on the movie. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself having a Fast & Furious marathon one weekend.
Fast and Furious 7 out on DVD September 15th!
What is your favorite part of the Fast and Furious movies? If you’ve never seen it then what have you heard of it?