With deceased actor Paul Walker performing from beyond the grave, the seventh addition to the Fast and Furious franchise is about style, speed, action, emotion and one very short tempered furious family. Implausible yet highly entertaining with a story that revolves around races and chases, this film is the most popular of its sequels, however not necessarily the best in its belt as the storyline is only average.
It maintains the historic legacy of display and destruction of dream cars as Dom (Vin Diesel), Brian (Paul Walker) and the rest of their team fight against a vengeful elder brother, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) of an old defeated enemy who now lies in comatose condition. An amnesia suffering Lettty struggles dealing with the absence of a past as her old self slowly surfaces during the events of the film and Brain faces the sweet blues of family responsibilities as he balances between babies and bullets.
The film has moderate violence, some serious gravity defying stuns, traditional street fights and a lot of life risking high speed chases.
The real life tragedy of Paul in a car crash brings the emotional element of this film to a different level. Predictably, the intensity of action accelerates with every fight, finally raising it to an unrealistic level and with physics ignored, it is 'hair-raising, keeping you at the edge of the seat' good. Although, the plot could have been better, the cast and choreography helps maintain the entertainment value with an extremely well executed ending.
The film allows a fair catch up on previous events making it equally enjoyable even if you missed one or all of its predecessors. It leaves several doors open for a sequel and Vin Diesel announced the 8th film will be released in April 2017, although the writer and director of the sequel is yet to be announced.
Director - James Wan
Cast - Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez