Furious 7 (Review)
By Jake Buchanan
Buckle up, because the Fast and Furious franchise is back again! This time around Toretto and his gang are being hunted down by a man who’s seeking out vengeance for wrong doings against his family, and this time around the crew might not all make it out alive!
Furious 7 is directed by James Wan (The Conjuring, Insidious, and Saw) who jumped into the driver’s seat after director Justin Lin (Fast & Furious, Fast Five, and Fast Six) decided not to return for the latest installment into the franchise, and for taking over a franchise that was reinvented under Linn’s vision Wan completely stayed true to what was now the Fast and Furious world.
What James Wan brought new to the franchise was a very different side of camera angles which made the scenes more gritty and intense, but even though this was a new direction for the franchise you could feel the absences of what Justin Linn brought to both five and six.
Explosions, fights, and cars are what every Fast and Furious movie has become over the years and Furious 7 didn’t disappoint at all, but some of the scenes were so farfetched that they’re literally impossible to actually do even though that’s what the franchise is built on. Overall the best part about this movie was Jason Statham, because he might have to be the best villain that this franchise has had yet. Every time his character arrived on screen you knew something insane was about to go down and a lot of damage was about to be done, because the intensity of his character just poured off him and audiences could feel it coming off the screen.
With this being a Fast and Furious movie people usually don’t ever really care about the plot, but in Furious 7 it basically had two plots that were completely different that never connected which made no sense at all by the end of the film. Although plots are always important when it comes to films the complete mess of the Furious 7 plot wasn’t the biggest problem with the film, but the under utilization of both The Rock and Jason Statham was the biggest problem with the movie.
When The Rock was introduced in Fast Five his character helped jump start the franchise and has been doing so since, but in Furious 7 you hardly see him at all which is a huge let down due to the humor and charisma he brings to the screen.
Now as stated above about Jason Statham potentially being the best villain in this franchise's history audiences barely were able to see him at all until he popped up in certain scenes hunting down the team, but with how intense and destructive his character was audience members craved to see more of what Statham’s character was capable of even though in the short amount of time he was able to do some completely insane moves against the crew.
In the end Furious 7 wasn’t as good as Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6 but it was definitely a fun ride to have, but in the future hopefully they’re able to recapture what they did in Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6 bringing that into future films. Also the final chapter for Paul Walker’s character Brian O’Connor was very fitting and respectful which is the absolute best scene in Furious 7.
That’s why we’re giving Furious 7 a 4/5 due to how well it was with a new director, introduction to a good villain, and overall a fitting ending for Paul Walker’s character.
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