Film Review: Fast and Furious 7 Starring: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham. Produced By: Michael Fottrell, Vin Diesel, Neal H Moritz. Directed By: James Wan
THE LATEST INSTALMENT of the Fast and Furious franchise finally arrived hitting our cinemas on Good Friday. With the countdown on over the last two weeks on facebook and twitter adding to the hype of this action blockbuster.
Arriving at the packed-out cinema, there was a mixed atmosphere of suspense, excitement but also a subdued sadness of knowing that this was going to be the last one ever... well, the last ever with Paul Walker.
Fast and Furious 6 ended with the spectacular teaser car crash involving Jason Statham ploughing into Han (Sung Kan - Fast & Furious Tokyo Drift). While Statham casually walks away while leaving a voicemail message on Dom's (Vin Diesel) mobile phone, Han's car explodes into a fireball. 'Dominic Toretto, you don't know me.... but your about to.' He promises to hunt them, and hunt them he does.
All the old crew is back, including some new faces that are written into the storyline very well and not just thrown in for good measure. While Hobb's (Dwayne Johnson) character is hospitalised and out of action, they bring in Kurt Russell as the new head of the task force to hunt down Shaw (Jason Statham).
This film is jam-packed full of action from start to finish. Particularly, the scenes where they drive the cars out of a plane which includes some comedy and the scene with Paul Walker about to crash over a cliff on a bus. There is no real storyline – which I think was intentional. Other than, Shaw hunting down Dom and his team, fast car chases, gripping fight sequences and comic scenes from Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson - Transformers) the most poignant moments in the film were most definetely the constant references throughout to Paul Walker's tragic death.
During Han's funeral at the start of the film, Brian O'Connor (Paul Walker) is involved in a conversation with Tej (Ludacris-An American Rapper) and Roman about how they want to see 'No more funerals'. Later, before the final showdown, the audience is exposed to a tear-jerking telephone conversation between Brian and Mia (Jordanna Brewster) about whether or not he'll survive this last job.
Cleverally, once the audience has the chance to catch breath after the final action sequences, the mood of the film completely changes making the final film scene as emotional as it gets.
I dont want to spoil the finale of the movie for those who have not seen it, however, those of us that were wondering if the filmmakers were going to pay tribute to their friend and colleague were left sobbing into our popcorn in the end. The screen then turns white and the words 'FOR PAUL' appear.
This last instalment of the Fast and Furious franchise had it all. Action, a blockbusting cast, comedy and sadness. It is a rollercoaster ride of emotions from start to finish. Most of all though, a very fitting and respectful tribute to the late Paul Walker. Personally, I would like to see another Fast and Furious movie in the future but I know it will not be the same without him.