Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Film Review - Fast and Furious 7 (2015)

Fast and Furious 7 is the seventh film in the Fast and Furious series and it continues on from the events of the last film in the series but this time Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) is out for revenge against Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his gang for what they did to Owen Shaw his younger brother (Luke Evans from the previous film) so it's time to get the motors running and go for one last ride.

Fast and Furious 7 is surprisingly good fun and well worth seeing in the cinema space and a lot of that comes down to director James Wan who made his name with Horror flicks Saw and the Conjuring and he really lets the car stunts fly and they are insane to watch and when the film is over you do feel like you've been taken on a wild ride for 2 hours and I have to say I felt a wee bit dizzy walking out of the cinema and in a good way primarily because Wan doesn't go for the Michael Bay route of BANG! CRASH! BOOM! DOOOOOOOOOOOOO! BWOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMM!!!!! SCREEEEEEEEEE!!!!! effects that make you feel like you've been hit over the head with a frying pan while VERY LOUD MUSIC PLAYS NEAR YOUR EARDRUMS, hopefully Wan gets more directorial work in the future.

As for the cast well it's impossible not to talk about this film without mention what happened to Paul Walker who had completed half of his filming before he was killed in a car accident in 2013 and filming was left delayed for a year while Wan and Co took time to both mourn his passing as well as figure out what to do with his remaining scenes and I have to say that this has been handled very well and huge kudos is given to the filmmakers on this regard so Bravo though I must also say that this feeling could repeat itself with Phillip Seymour Hoffman when Mockingjay Part 2 opens in November in terms of saying goodbye to a beloved actor taken in very tragic circumstances.

As for the rest of the cast Diesel, Tyrese Gibson, Dwayne Johnson, Kurt Russell, Michelle Rodriguez and Ludacris were fine here and I have to say that I loved seeing Russell again in his role and when he was on screen I thought of his role as Good ol Jack Burton of the Pork Chop Express from Big Trouble in Little China and Statham is a nice foil for these guys and throws down in the action scenes very well.

Sadly however some of the editing in these action scenes feels overcooked and as a result the cuts come and go so quickly you find it hard to enjoy watching these scenes and it's a pity that this spoils what is good directorial work from Wan.

So all in all Fast and Furious 7 is good fun and a nice send off for Paul Walker which is worth seeing at the cinema despite some overcooked action editing, 2 and a half out of 5.

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