Emotional. Furious 7 brought back so many memories. This franchise introduced me to the noble concepts of street racing, high-speed car chases and deadly stunts. But the majority of the sentimental emotions that came out from the viewer’s side was because of seeing the late Paul Walker set the asphalt on fire for the last time ever, on the big silver screen. Furious 7 brings back all of its classics, the girls, the cars and death-defying stunts.
The movie starts with something we had not seen in the longest time in a F&F movie, a proper street race without any ulterior motive. Letty (Played by Michelle Rodriguez) wins the race but has flashbacks of the repressed memories while celebrating the win. She then goes onto break up with Dominic Toretto AKA Dom (Played Vin Diesel). This sets the tone of the movie, gets the viewers ready for an emotional roller coaster ride. If you have seen F&F: Tokyo Drift and Furious 6, you might remember both the movies end with Han dying in an accident and Deckard Shaw (Played by Jason Statham) calling Dominic from Tokyo, telling him that he is coming for him next. In this movie, that scene is continued with a package from Tokyo blowing up Brian’s (Played by the late Paul Walker) and Mia’s (Played by Jordana Brewster) house. Dominic realises this rivalry had become personal. And as you know, Dom simply cannot stand any threat against his family.
But from here, the movie starts taking a downward slide story-wise. Dom and his team are recruited by a secret government organization to recover a program called the ‘god’s eye’. The program gives the user the power to spy and locate anyone, anywhere on the face of the planet. Mr. Nobody (Played by Kurt Russell), who is the head of the organization gives Dom an offer; if he recovered the ‘god’s eye’ for him, he’d let him use it to locate Deckard. Dom agrees and the next thing they know they are jumping off a plane in cars! Yes, they sky-divided in cars. Roman Pearce (Played Tyrese Gibson) is at his comic best throughout the movie, and provides the necessary comic breaks in the emotional tension that the movie creates. They needed to save a kidnapped hacker who also is the programmer of the ‘god’s eye’ called Ramsay (Played by Nathalie Emmanuel). With classic F&F, car stunts, the viewers are in complete awe of the stunt choreography. But after a while, the chase does tend to get a little tedious and illogical. Post this action sequence, the movie goes spiralling down in the logic department.
Dominic has developed this new monomaniacal obsession of jumping off roof-tops and cliffs and always managed to remain unscathed. Deckard who is shown as the lead in the negative role, is too sporadic and there is never enough background development as to why he just pops at different locations like that, all we know is that he is a dexterous (and apparently omnipresent) rogue spy. Honestly, he reminded me of the old Asian women, in Johnny English Reborn, who used to pop up out of nowhere. Agent Hobbs (Played by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson) is literally there for only three scenes. BUT HE DELIVERED A ROCK BOTTOM! *major fangirling went down after that*. A crazy showdown, goes down in Los Angeles. If you thought Man of Steel was illogical because of the ensuing battle between Superman and Zod’s army and the US Army and the destruction that followed, I don’t know how you’re going to be okay with the final fight sequence, in Los Angeles. Let me give you a small sneak-peak into the movie, as to show what I mean; a military-grade, semi-autonomous, assault drone is launched over the streets of LA and the USAF hadn’t even reached the location of these attacks until the end. Yes, the stunts were amazing and awesome. They were death-defying, but were also logic-defying.
But the movie ended on a very emotional note, where Dom and Brian drive off in different directions, followed by a tribute to the late Paul Walker. I believe this is the end of the F&F franchise, and maybe it wasn’t a suitable one, but it definitely wasn’t a disappointing one. The music and the background score were as usual catchy and the acting was just as lucid as ever. Vin Diesel was born for the role of Dominic Toretto and has done complete justice to the role through-out the series. Maybe the direction could have been a little better, because the movie had no development, it was basically an oscillation between emotional scenes and action sequences, which leads to the viewers to vicariously feel either sentimental or thrill, which can become tedious and boring after a while. But all this being said, if we look at the movie from a different perspective, from the tribute perspective, I believe there could be no better tribute to honour the legend, Paul Walker.
My rating for Furious 7: 7.8/10