Dominic (Diesel), Brian (Walker), Letty (Rodriguez) Roman (Gibson) and
Tej (Ludacris) are approached by Frank (Russell) to acquire a device
called 'God's Eye' designed by a hacker, Ramsey (Emmanuel). This is a
backdrop for the real confrontation - Deckard Shaw (Statham) who seeks
revenge from Dominic for the death of his younger brother. From the US
to Azerbaijan, then Dubai and back to LA, the fight is, indeed, both
fast and furious.
Review: Amazing stunts
aside, James Wan (Insidious 2, The Conjuring) probably faced two big
challenges when making this film. The first, crafting a movie that
glorifies insanely reckless driving while also being sensitive to the
fact that one of the leads (in a sad irony) died in a reckless sports
car crash. Secondly, making a seamless film given the fact that Paul
Walker - a name synonymous with this series - is no more. In both cases,
he hits the sweet spot.
The plot of this film is just an excuse for some of the best car
chase/action scenes recently seen on screen. You get a taste of what's
to come in the beginning, when Shaw and Dom, much like two
testosterone-fuelled bulls, ram their cars into each other head-on. No
one backs away; no one bats an eyelid. They then step out of their
mangled metal steeds and almost come to blows before Dom is rescued by
Frank, who calls himself 'Mr Nobody'. A deal is struck: Dom and his crew
will help Frank nab the terrorist Jakande (Hounsou, with some
ridiculous lines) and the 'God's Eye' device and in return, Dom can use
the device to locate Shaw. Ludacris is spot-on as the jester, whose
cringing caution is a great counterfoil to the rampant machismo on
display. The Rock packs some serious weaponry.
Furious 7 has a
humane angle. The touching tribute to Walker puts the entire series into
perspective and will make many eyes teary. The film's flaws suddenly
vanish when you realise that if there is another film in this series, it
just wouldn't be the same. RIP Paul.