Maybe it was fitting that I saw Furious 7 last weekend with family. Because that’s what this one is all about.
Let’s be clear.
I’m a fan of the Fast & Furious franchise. Sure 2 Fast 2 Furious was a little different and Tokyo Drift didn’t make as much sense until the end of Fast 6, but there’s something inherently enjoyable about these simple movies that reinforce the simple message that family is important. So take what I say next with some understanding.
Furious 7 was outstanding!
As mentioned above, the ending of Fast 6 introduces Jason Statham as Deckard Shaw who is out to avenge the severe “longest runway in the world” beat down of his brother by the Fast & Furious crew. Add in a little Mr. Nobody (know in the real world as Kurt Russell) and a mythical device called the God’s Eye and we have a couple of story lines to follow.
Enough story to make the movie outstanding? No. But none of us were there for that as it was.
We were there to watch the high-speed chases. The serious stunts and effects. Maybe even a Rock Bottom. But there was also a little tug at the heart-strings on the side. And I think that’s what got to me.
With the sudden passing of Paul Walker in 2013, while the movie was still in production, it’s obvious director James Wan had to smooth down a few rough edges to make the movie work. But that didn’t matter much to me either.
Again, it was the tug at the heart-strings.
Without spoiling much, I can tell you that he did right by Paul Walker. Instead of sending his character Brian O’Connor back to the garage, Wan kept Walker tightly woven through most of the film. And if I wasn’t trying to pay as close attention throughout the entire movie, I probably wouldn’t have known that something was up.
But that wasn’t all.
There was the ending. The tying together of loose strings. The last ride. In fact, if any one of you could point out a better send off, I’d be surprised.
So if you haven’t seen Furious 7, go see it. And for those of you who have, what did you think? Does this take top spot in the list of franchise editions or is it a solid second. Can’t be any lower than that, can it?