Fast & Furious 7 (2015): James Wan's star-studded extravaganza for action lovers

A perfect Summer Blockbuster from Hollywood

By Murtaza Ali

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Fast & Furious 7, Furious 7, Directed by James Wan, Movie Poster, starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker
Fast & Furious 7 (2015) By James Wan
Our Ratings: 7.0
IMDb Ratings: 8.7
Genre: Action | Crime | Thriller
CastVin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson
Country: Japan | USA
Language: English
Runtime: 137 min

SummaryDominic Torretto and his crew thought they left the criminal mercenary life behind. They defeated an international terrorist named Owen Shaw and went their separate ways. But now, Shaw's brother, Deckard Shaw is out killing the crew one by one for revenge. Worse, a Somalian terrorist called Jakarde, and a shady government official called "Mr. Nobody" are both competing to steal a computer terrorism program called God's Eye, that can turn any technological device into a weapon. Torretto must reconvene with his team to stop Shaw and retrieve the God's Eye program while being caught in a power struggle between the terrorist and the United States government.

Fast & Furious 7 (aka Furious 7) is every bit as fast and furious as some of the franchise's previous installments, if not more. Fast & Furious 7 showcases adrenaline pumping action from start to finish with Vin Diesel once again leading the juggernaut as the macho anti-hero Dominic Toretto. From LA to Tokyo to Azerbaijan to Abu Dhabi, the movie is high octane and absolute carnage and it features some of the coolest heart-stopping fight as well as chase sequences seen in recent times.

If you are excited by fast cars, hot chicks, badass dudes, and exotic locations then Fast & Furious 7 will certainly impress you. Like with most action movies, the plot is secondary and what happens is of little consequence vis-a-vis how it happens. While the heroes are larger than life, the villains don't get any meaner than this. Jason Statham is a great addition to the franchise and his presence as the story's antagonist immensely adds to the thrill and excitement.

Vin Diesel (right) and Michelle Rodriguez in Fast & Furious 7, Directed by James Wan
Michelle Rodriguez and Vin Diesel in Fast & Furious 7
In Fast & Furious 7, Paul Walker is quite impressive to watch in sadly what is his last screen appearance. He will certainly be missed. Michelle Rodriguez is kickass as ever as Toretto’s love interest Letty; the chemistry between Rodriguez and Diesel is electrifying. In one of the movie's most scintillating fighting sequences, Rodriguez battles the American mixed martial artist and judoka Ronda Rousey. The raw intensity of the entire scene (given that Rodriguez herself is a trained boxer) makes it absolutely breathtaking to behold.

Although, he gets less screen time than usual, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson makes his presence felt in Fast & Furious 7 (all thanks to his hulky physique and great comic timing). Another actor who deserves a special mention is Kurt Russell who is easily the movie's biggest surprise package and an absolute treat to watch. It’s a role that can be seen as a tribute to some of Russell’s memorable performances in the Action flicks of the ‘80s, particularly the movies directed by John Carpenter. The supporting cast is solid as ever.

Toretto with family, attending funeral, Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Fast & Furious 7, Directed by James Wan
A Still from Fast & Furious 7
While the action can be nonsensical at times, it is great fun to see men fight like machines, and at the end of the day we can't really complain. Can we? Well, who can nitpick at the sight of a sports car jumping from one skyscraper to another? Who can be bored by the sight of a half-a-dozen cars getting jettisoned from an airplane? Who can be turned off by the sight of two alpha males beating the hell out of each other in a street fight of sorts? 

The bottom line is that Fast & Furious 7 is supposed to be an Action feast and action is what it exactly delivers. It is a very strong contender to be adjudicated as the best film of the franchise, thus far. Fortunately, the action never gets to the point of being obnoxious like so often the case with the films from the Transformer series. Fast & Furious 7 is the perfect Summer Blockbuster from Hollywood; the movie has set the benchmark for the upcoming Action films this summer. The movie's greatest USP is that it is exactly what it is supposed to be, no less or no more.

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  1. Thank you for sharing this, i can't wait to see the actions.

    1. Hope you have a nice time watching it! :-)

    2. Just went to see this yesterday, and absolutely loved the actions. I would rate 8.5


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