Furious 7: Film Review

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Furious 7 is totally insane – the stunts are ridiculous, the dialogue is cheesy as hell and the acting is laughable – but fans of the franchise will love it, whereas for people like me who think seven  is more than enough, it was a bit much. That being said, the way it rounded things off for Paul Walker (Brian O’Connor) was so sweet and emotional and I doubt there will be a dry eye in the house.

The gang reassemble to take down Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) who has major beef with Dom (Vin Diesel) and his team – Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Tej (Ludacris), Roman (Tyrese Gibson) and Brian – for almost killing his brother (played by Luke Evans in the previous film). The plot is the most basic it has ever been and is not as tight as it should be. Sure, previous F&Fs have been a bit silly but this one is off the charts, especially when you compare it to the franchise’s humble beginnings. It’s almost like the makers know the films have gone crazy, so they just run with it and make it even more so.

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The dialogue is terrible. I laughed out loud a lot, and I don’t know if this was intentional on their part. Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel are lumbered with a lot of duds. I particularly like a moment when Johnson breaks his arm out of a cast by flexing his muscles. You don’t feel anything for these characters at all (except for Brian – but for different reasons) because they are like 2D action heroes – they can do anything – leap down a cliff in a car, drive off a bridge in an ambulance or drive out the window of a skyscraper – and they will live. Dom should have died at least five times. I don’t remember previous F&F films being so ludicrous.

The film is essentially fights – car action – fights – car action with basic dialogue scenes in between to give a reason why the next things happen. It’s like they dreamed up all the set pieces (skyscraper, cars out of a plane etc) and THEN figured out to create a movie out of those. The trailer also ruined all of those for me – it would have been so much better if we didn’t know those crazy stunts were coming.

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I had braced myself for an emotional ending and man, it was. It was a great send-off to Paul as it went back to the car racing roots where he met Dom. I wish I had paid more attention to Diesel’s voiceover but I was too busy trying to contain myself. I would have preferred Brian to die purely because it doesn’t make sense (in character terms) for Dom and Brian to quit being friends simply because Brian is focussing on family life. I also thought the digital work done to finish the movie was impressive – none of it looked too obvious.

In the end, it doesn’t matter what I say because this franchise has so many fans and this caters to them perfectly. It has super-humans, sweet cars, insane stunts and super-speedy combat scenes but my main complaint (except dialogue and plot) is that it went on WAY too long. It got monotonous and I was so ready for the final showdown to end about halfway into it. There is such a thing as too much action. However, in terms of Paul, it was beautiful and I’m still so gutted he is no longer with us.

Out now 

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