Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson
Director: James Wan
Running time: 140min
Alert: SOME SPOILERS
Synopsis: This movie is the 7th instalment of the Fast&Furious series. Deckard Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his family for his comatose brother.
Review: I feel terrible to give a negative review on this movie because I was a fan of Paul Walker, but it has to be done. This movie is so far removed from the Fast&Furious films I have come to love. It was an overdone, loser-Tom-Cruise-Mission-Impossible type of movie. I mean for the love of cars! They could have kept it action packed AND believable. Why make our favourite characters perform stunts that only a fantasy superhero could manage and also expect us to believe they can do it unscathed?!
The thrill and appeal of these movies has always been the convincing aspect that it could maybe, possibly happen in real life. But with this one, it’s all out the window for me.
Parachuting cars, men who defy the laws of gravity and driving through the top floor windows of three high rise buildings are amongst the many spectacles you will witness.
It’s gripping to watch but after a while the clichéd dialogue and one liners paired with the exaggerated, implausible action scenes make your eyes roll. The main villain could have been shot dead in the first scene- he was not made of steel. And I feel embarrassed for Dwayne Johnson and his cheesy parts!
The ONLY thing that saved this movie was the ending. Yes, the tear jerking tribute to Paul Walker. You can watch the music video for the song "See You Again" by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth from the film's soundtrack. It has clips from the previous F&F movies with a few shots from the new movie, including the film's final goodbye scene.
Here’s the link on Vin Diesel’s Facebook page: Tribute to Paul Walker
Although this movie was over the top, cringe worthy and dragged on for a bit too long, it’s entertaining and you won’t be bored. Give it a go.
Side note: After I watched the movie, I read up on it and found out the cars were actually dropped from planes (without any actors in it). It wasn’t CGI or any other special effects. That's definitely impressive!!
Paul Walker passed away half way through filming. By rewriting the script and with the aide of body doubles, Paul’s brothers, CGI effects and montages of previous scenes, the director was able to keep him in the movie. RIP Paul Walker.
♡, Sana xx