The seventh installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise and directed by James Wan, Furious 7 continues the unstoppable franchise as the crew have returned to the United States to live normal lives. That it is until Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), a rogue special forces assassin seeking to avenge his comatose younger brother, puts them in danger once again, as he seeks revenge against the franchises best – Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker), Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), Roman (Tyrese Gibson), and Tej (Ludacris). To get to Deckard, Toretto must first do a favour for Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell), and find hacker Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel).
Furious 7 is the ultimate Fast & Furious film. Everything has been building up to this, and whether the franchise continues or not, it’s never going to be as good as this again. With the whole crew together for one last time, Furious 7 goes all out on cars, action, and over-the-top thrills. And with the perfect action cast, you’re going to love every second of this ride.
With Fast & Furious (2009), Fast Five (2011), and Fast & Furious 6 (2013) being set after 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), Furious 7 is the first installment in the franchise to take place after The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006). With the crew having returned to their normal lives, we needed a good story to get them out of retirement. Furious 7 delivers on this drama just as well as it does with its excellent stunts and special effects, which are as breath-taking and energetic as always.
It’s a franchise that will never get old. You know what to expect with a film like this, but at the same time it’s full of characters and relationships that keep it very personal. Just like this year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron did to bring its superhero cast all together for the first time, Furious 7 does the same in reunited some faces from the past.
The last ten or so minutes are what makes this film such a stand-out instalment in the franchise, though. As we say goodbye to Brian O’Conner, fans are able to relive some of his best moments, as the film dedicates itself to Paul Walker, who died half way through filming in 2013, giving him the sendoff he deserves. These final scenes are full of emotion and heart, and if the franchise continues then he’s going to be hugely missed.