Despite rampant rumors of there being an eighth installment, “The Fast and The Furious 7” really felt like a wrap-up to the famous series. If there was to be a subtitle to the movie, it would be ‘One Last Ride,’ a phrase repeated by various characters during the film.
Paul Walker’s absence from the scenes which he was not alive to finish acting for were shot showing the side or outlines of his head, while others were played by Walker’s two brothers along with digital editing to recreate the deceased actor’s face.
In addition to Walker, who played the role of Brian O’Conner, the cast of the star-studded film includes Vin Diesel as Dom Toretto, Jordana Brewster as Mia, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Hobbs, Tyrese Gibson as Roman, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges as Tej, Jason Statham as the main villain Shaw, and Michelle Rodriguez as Letty.
The film opens with Dom, Brian and the rest of the crew trying to normalize their lives after the events of the previous movie. However, things go downhill as Shaw seeks revenge for his brother’s defeat. Things become further complicated when the group is tasked with protecting a computer program called God’s Eye from being stolen and used for evil. After all is said and done, the movie ends with a tribute to Paul Walker in the form of flashbacks to scenes of him from previous Fast and Furious movies, narrated by Vin Diesel, who says they will always be brothers.
For lovers of action movies, this is definitely one to watch. The movie is packed with adventure, chases and fights from beginning until end, and is wildly entertaining as expected. As always, cars play a major role in the film’s action. The vehicle-action moves to the sky as well, with a plane, a helicopter, and even a drone.
While the action is an adrenaline rush, fans of the series may note that some of the action and fight scenes are too unrealistic compared to those in the rest of the series. Awesome, but pretty ridiculous at the same time. However, the film still carries the action, like when two cars turned around each other and a passenger opens the window and dives from one into the next.
“The Fast and The Furious” is undoubtedly a great movie. It lives up to the hype and is definitely a must-see, although fans may be slightly disappointed by how unrealistic the action and fights were compared to previous installments in the series.
Paul Walker will be missed by all of his fans. His legacy will live on through Vin Diesel and fans of “The Fast and The Furious.”