A film so ludicrous that it actually has Ludacris in it.
There’s a scene from Die Hard 4 (spoiler for that film ahead), where a guy stands dumbfounded and says “you just killed a helicopter with a car!” and John McClane replies “I was out of bullets”. Fast & Furious 7 is that scene made into an entire film and dear God is it fun.
Fast & Furious 7 is the latest in the franchise following Vin Diesel, as Dominic Torreto, and his extended family in a direct sequel to Fast & Furious 6. In Fast 6, Torreto and co. took out a ruthless mercenary in order to get pardons for their previous crimes and go home. Well as it says in the trailer, their new sins have followed them home and now that mercenaries’ big brother Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) is hunting the Torreto clan down to get revenge.
It’s a pretty simple plot all things considered and yet somehow it is blown out of all proportion to become a world spanning, over the top, action fest that I really can’t do justice to.
If I had one word of advice going into this film it would be prepare to suspend your disbelief. A lot. No really, possibly more than any other film I’ve ever seen – that Die Hard 4 scene would just be a blip in a whole film full of ridiculousness. So if you’re the kind of person that nitpicks at films and struggles with fantasy, then do yourself a favour and don’t bother to watch this.
If, however, you can hold back that voice in your head that cries “THEY SHOULD ALL BE DEAD FROM THAT!!!!!”, then you’re in for a treat of a film. The action is intense and the big set piece stunts are completely jaw dropping. The cast are largely pretty good and as they have for a couple of films now, come across as the family they are supposed to be.
The loss of Paul Walker is handled well, with nothing crass or in poor taste and even looking for it, I couldn’t see a single scene with a really out of place double. A fitting testament to how much he meant to his extended family both in the film and in real life.
It’s funny but any other franchise would have been considered to have long since jumped the shark or nuked the fridge or whatever (nuked the shark, maybe?). Somehow, even though everything here is totally ridiculous, you get carried along for the ride and just don’t care. Maybe it’s because it’s supposed to just be a fun popcorn movie, maybe it’s because of the winks to the audience, maybe it’s the charisma of the cast but everything works here – even if it probably shouldn’t.
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