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Published January 28th 2016
Furious 7
Furious 7's subtle humor is portrayed in the absurdly impossible which becomes more apparent as the film progresses.

Cars parachuting out of airplanes and landing on the road then spinning into high speed, is one example.

Director James Wan said it was too dangerous for the actors to be in the cars as they were falling from the sky so he had to use a variety of methods to get the shots. This included a combination of having the actors in cars on the ground in specially made rigs, special effects, and reality.

"We took actual cars in an actual plane and we flew up into the sky and we threw a bunch of vehicles out of the back of a plane" James Wan told the New York Times.

"We had sky-divers chasing after these cars basically trying to get the shots for us".

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A re-enactment of a falling car

Screenwriter Chris Morgan said the Fast and the Furious franchise works because of the connection the characters have as a family which was set-up in the first film.

"It's one thing to have cars going from building to building to building" Chris Morgan said about one scene in the film.

"The only reason you accept it in our movies, honestly, is because you care about the people inside the car" Mr Morgan told ScreenCrush.

"You're worried for them, you're excited for them, you're with them" he said.

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An impression of the Lykan Hypersport which Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) flies between three towers as Brian O'Connor (Paul Walker) as passenger retrieves a hidden disk from the car.

During the filming of Furious 7 one of the much loved and adored co-stars Paul Walker (Brian O'Connor) died while on a break during the filming of the movie. The red porsche in which he was a passenger, sped out of control, hit a pole, burst into flames, and rendered him and the driver dead at the scene. The sudden death came as a shock to all of the cast members and fans of the Fast and Furious franchise around the world.

James Wan did consider whether to continue with the film following Walker's death, but decided to anyway.

Mr Wan said he finished the film with the help of Walker's brothers and an actor who looked similar to him.
One of the ways we moved ahead was we got Paul's brothers Caleb and Cody involved and an actor John Brotherton who was already in the movie playing a different character" he said

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Furious 7

The plot follows the Furious 7 cast as they seek revenge on an enemy who is also trying to kill them, while they simultaneously protect a hacker downloading secrets from the enemy's computer.

Speed, shiny cars, perfect timing, exotic locations, colour, music, action, fight scenes, camera-angles and good lighting combined to make this box office hit a sensation with audiences long after its initial release.

Yet despite the thrills and excitement of street racing on film, road rules in real life were also made to keep other car users safe on the road.

In 2010, the World Health Organisation published a major study which concluded 1.2million people died as a result of road traffic accidents on roads across the world during 2010.

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When: Anytime
Where: Anywhere you can access the internet, a dvd player or other e-device on which to watch this film. Most likely lounge-room though.
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