Furious 7 is the 7th installment in the Fast & Furious franchise, the film stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson & the late Paul Walker all reprising their roles as Dominic Torreto, Agent Luke Hobbs and Brian O'Connor respectively as well as newcomer Jason Statham as the films main villain. The story is pretty simple. It's a revenge story with Deckard Shaw (Statham) going after the crew after his brother is severely injured and arrested due to Dom and the team.
Now, there were always going to be rumors of this movie collapsing due to the tragic death of Paul Walker and the fact that he only shot around 50% of his scenes before his death. But James Wan and the team behind Furious 7 were able to use CGI to truly mask those missing scenes as well as bring together a good, pop-corn, fun action film with a touching ending. Like all Fast & Furious films, the pros are great and the cons are pretty obvious - so let's go through them.
The pros in this film are that ever since the 5th installment in my opinion, the franchise has done a great job of sticking to its guns, using big action set-pieces, parties, cheesy yet still cool catchphrases and of course, fast cars. The actual performances in the film are decent, there are some that are better than expected such as Paul Walker, there are some that are below the standard such as Michelle Rodriguez and then there's The Rock, who is always brings that beloved charisma. But the individual performances do not make or break this franchise, it's more about all there performances combined and their chemistry together. The story is fine, but nothing to flashy and at some points gets very convoluted. But a touching tribute to Paul Walker really brings it home. The cons are not too bad, a bad performance here and there, a dragging plot at times and maybe just one too many action scenes.
In the end, the 7th installment in the Furious franchise may not be the best, but most certainly isn't the worst, It's fun, loud and pretty hectic at times. This is a good film to watch with pretty much anyone. I'm giving Furious 7 a B-.