James Wan action sequel, Fast and Furious 7 marks the final appearance of Paul Walker and so was highly anticipated by fans across the world. Finally, the seventh installment in the blockbuster franchise has reached our screens, and thankfully it has lived up to the high expectations.
The gang are back with a strong supporting cast. This time they go up against Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) who is seeking vengeance against Dom and his crew for the death of his younger brother Owen. Meanwhile, a mercenary named Jakande who has obtained computer programme God’s Eye from the hacker who created the digital device causes trouble.
This film proves to be different from the previous films as were introduced to new locations, cars, races and characters. Most importantly though it has an emotional edge which makes it stand out from the rest of the franchise and means you have to make sure to remember your tissues.
The cinematography is stunning, thanks mainly to the great shots of the beautiful scenery and views that range from the Caucasus Mountains to the brilliant Ethihad Towers. These prove to be the perfect settings for some rather jaw-dropping stunts that are well choreographed and feel real and are visionary. One of the most notable scenes sees the crew aidropping their cars from a jet over the Caucasus Mountains all the way to the ground. We see each characters’ point of view before they reverse their cars out of the jet and into the air, something that was quite nerve-wracking to watch. The film also delivers some fresh comedy scenes from Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) with his one line jokes having us in stitches in some of the serious scenes.
Changed my expectations
I have to admit I didn’t expect much out of the characters in this film, but Dwayne Johnson’s character particularly caught my attention and kept me laughing. Vin Diesel outshines the rest of the cast though in his action sequences along with Jason Statham, showing us why he is the leading man after all.
The scene which I knew was coming that got the tears flowing was the very last tribute scene to Paul Walker. With Diesel’s voice over, we get to see flashbacks of co-star Paul Walker from the previous films before the words “For Paul” are shown before fading out.
If you love watching fast-paced action movies with strong men and fast cars then this is the film for you. It continues well from the previous films satisfying fans, but leaves it open at the end too to keep you waiting for the next sequel.
Kettle Rating – 4/5
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