- Writing 7.5
Furious 7 is much more fast-paced than 6 and it's also full of some highly effective camerawork that especially shines during the film's many hand-to-hand action sequences and of course, the film's driving sequences. Wan films his scenes with a steady balance of super quick cuts and peeled back camera movements, which makes things easy to digest and fun to watch.
James Wan‘s Furious 7 is the loudest and most energetic Fast & Furious entry yet. Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and the rest of the crew return, while also inviting Kurt Russell, Jason Statham and Tony Jaa to the mix, giving Furious 7 a unique balance of fast cars, great action and a story rooted deep in family. James Wan‘s direction gives the series a new paint job, bringing forward a much more fast-paced and high-intensity experience that still fits into the usual craziness that all Fast & Furious films include. Furious 7 is 2015’s first real blockbuster.
The sins of London (and Fast & Furious 6) have caught up to Dom (Vin Diesel) and his group. Now, the gang must battle Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham); the big bad brother of Fast & Furious 6‘s main villain Owen Shaw. But this battle raises the stakes and strikes the group much closer to home, leaving everyone on edge while they prepare for one last ride.
James Wan‘s Furious 7 is powerhouse film. It’s completely crazy in all of the right ways. Just throwing out a big disclaimer for any non-Fast & Furious fans right now. You will not like this film at all if you aren’t completely on board with everything established in the previous films. Things are only getting more outlandishly wild and insanely fun. The tone is never going to change.
Furious 7 is the most cartoonish and silly Fast & Furious yet, but that’s not a slam against the film and instead a compliment. That’s its charm and while the film may be a little long and extensively over-the-top at times — it’s still a whole lot of fun and fun that you just can’t get anywhere else.
My biggest complaint from Fast & Furious 6 was that it felt like a summer popcorn flick that you ended up getting a little sick from, because of the over-the-top action and destruction. Furious 7 doesn’t correct those mistakes and instead embraces them, but it does so in a way that doesn’t feel quite as eye-rolling to watch, even though the film definitely stretches the laws of reality and gravity.
The Fast & Furious films were meant to be pure entertainment of the highest form and Furious 7 is exactly that. Director James Wan (Insidious, The Conjuring) switches gears from horror and jumps back to action for the first time since Death Sentence and he does so in a way that feels absolutely right for the Fast & Furious franchise.
Furious 7 is much more fast-paced than 6 and it’s also full of some highly effective camerawork that especially shines during the film’s many hand-to-hand action sequences and of course, the film’s driving sequences. Wan films his scenes with a steady balance of super quick cuts and peeled back camera movements, which makes things easy to digest and fun to watch.
Tony Jaa and Jason Statham give the franchise legitimate fighting credentials, mixing both of their martial arts styles to make for an action movie that can actually deliver when cars are off and the fists are up. Statham is a one man wrecking crew that can’t be stopped or predicted, while Jaa remains the background bad ass, constantly stealing the spotlight in his several scenes.
Wan knows exactly how to film them and the rest of the stacked cast, making Furious 7 the biggest entry yet, without ever feeling like too much is going on. He even manages to throw in his now trademark “revenge shot”, which features his star loading up an old double-barrel shotgun and getting ready to serve up some justice.
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson and Jordana Brewster all capture their characters so well, reminding us that we don’t just watch these movies for the insane car stunts, but also for the family that they have created and continued to expand upon.
Johnson sits out for more of the film than one might like, but he does it to allow the core family to take the center stage, while Kurt Russell gets thrown into the mix and adds a decent bit of flavor and fun from the other side of the law.
Wan keeps literally everyone at an even playing field, occasionally letting Diesel break through as the crew’s alpha male and rightfully so, because it isn’t a Fast & Furious film without a trademark Dom speech or moment.
Of course, many are going to want to know how Furious 7 handles Paul Walker‘s character Brian and I’m here to tell you that they handle it perfectly. Walker’s legacy will live on and his final role is definitely one that will be remembered. Wan, Diesel and the entire Fast & Furious family give Walker a sendoff that honestly made me choke up a little and will definitely touch the hearts of people around the world.
Also, the special effects used to ensure that Walker was on the screen and just a part of the movie as everyone else are amazing and almost unnoticeable. I’m not exactly sure how much of the film he actually shot, but the scenes that they either used his brothers as stand-ins or digital alterations are nearly impossible to spot and never act as a distraction to the film.
Furious 7 isn’t the best one of the series, but it’s definitely up there. Fast Five still remains my personal favorite, but Furious 7 is an easy number two or three. It’s the biggest on an action scale and the most personal a much smaller scale. It also feels like the most complete.
The film may drag on occasion and definitely push your boundaries of how much unbelievable action you can take in one sitting, but it makes up for all of that with its ending, which truly is one of the most touching things to grace the screens in some time. Furious 7 honors Walker’s name and holds high the Fast & Furious name that has been built strong by its close-knit cast and crew that have turned this franchise into a global phenomenon.
It’s going to be really hard to top Furious 7 as the summer blockbuster of 2015. James Wan has constructed his largest and most entertaining film yet, while also making a film that hits close to home for those that have been along for the ride ever since Dom and Brian first graced the screen together back in 2001.
This one’s for Paul.