The Fast and Furious franchise is back and fans will be happy to know that Furious 7 does not disappoint. Spectacular action scenes, intense car chases and high stakes drama makes this installment one of the best and barely gives you time to come up for air.
Furious 7 reunites the gang for another adventure, set in the aftermath of 2013 Fast and Furious 6, and introduces Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), the franchise’s most lethal villain yet. The meaner older sibling of the sixth installment’s villain, Deckard has his sights set on the people responsible for putting his baby brother in the hospital. Dom and his friends have to find him to save their own lives.
While most of the cast who have been making these films for fifteen years have returned, it is with heavy hearts that one of their co-stars and best pals Paul Walker died while the movie was being made. Walker was involved in a horrific car crash (unrelated to filming) with having shot about 80 percent of his scenes. Cast and director James Wan decided to carry on with the movie, promising it would honour Walker with a fitting tribute that is seen at the end of the film (bring plenty of kleenex.) The remaining scenes with Walker were shot with his stunt double and twin brother. Walker’s familial scenes with on-screen wife Jordana Brewster take on an ironic poignancy, and he brings the film a kind of energy that it’s easy to take for granted: Brian is simply a good guy, wanting to do right by his spouse and child, and the actor makes that relatable and interesting, even in these larger-than-life situations
It’s an absolute blast to watch Jason Statham play the bad guy in this movie. Not only are his fight scenes with Vin Diesel and The Rock worth the price of admission but the non stop car action is mind blowing. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly Jason said, “There’s nothin’ better than that car stuff. I’ve never seen anything to compare to it. And Vin [Diesel] is terrific. Everybody in it is just terrific. They’re a great little crew. I know Tyrese. I know Paul Walker. I’ve met all of them, and they’re all really cool. I’m really excited to be involved with it… I’m just not gonna tell ya what I’m gonna do.”
Furious 7 will undoubtedly delight fans of the franchise from giving Diesel fewer speeches about the importance of family to mounting a exciting centerpiece involving cars, parachutes, a well-armed bus and lots of sheer cliffs. All in all you are in for the ride of your life.
I spoke with director James Wan and some of the cast (an emotional Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster, Dwayne Johnson,Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, and new comer Nathalie Emmanuel) in Los Angeles about stepping up their game for number 7 and how they hope the film will honour Paul’s legacy.