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Friday, May 08, 2015

Flick Review: Fast and Furious 7

5/7/2015 8:29:58 AM

It’s been almost a month since the last time I hit a movie house, and apparently there are lot of really good movies for the past month (April 2015).

And one of them is the most-publicized seventh installment of The Fast and Furious series. 

Close to two years, Fast 6 was running wild with Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Chris Bridges, Tyere Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, kickboxing champion Gina Tarano, Luke Evans, and Dwayne Johnson manning their roles. Plus a sudden teaser from Jason Statham then guarantees a sequel.

All of them were a total huge chunk of good news, until Walker’s death came like speeding up in the fast lane in 30 November 2013. 

Plus, the fact that the film was on its nearing completion stage. Thanks to his brothers and CGI, though.

Okay, let’s get this thing started: The plot was siding on the antagonist himself (Statham), and I’m always a fan of revenge-driven storylines. 

And apparently, it’s a swerve from the typical movie series where everything’s chronologically arranged.

Well, at the end, they squared off in an apocalyptic fashion (like in any superhero movies) at downtown Los Angeles. Could this served a fitting end for the movie? I suppose.

Funny thing though: it also appeared like “clash of the bald ones” if you noticed their looks. Alright, too much for the intended pun.

But other than that, it’s like any other Fast and Furious movie: chasing cars, baring mission, jaw-dropping ‘in the air’ stunts, featuring other personalities, and also switching locations. Since the third and fourth Fast and Furious picture, when the plot shifted from drag racing to those law-breaking missions, we have witnessed a lot of these factors; plus flashbacks regarding Letty’s great escape from death over Fast 6 and Furious 7.

The question: did these factors amused us at all? Maybe, at some point.

The problem, though, is the lack of screen time for Rousey. Compared to Expendables 3, the current UFC women’s bantamweight champion was only shown at the movie’s scenes at Abu Dhabi. Perhaps due to her training and then upcoming fights at the octagon.

Same goes to The Rock. Nothing more spectacular than doing a Metal Slug-ish character (something I also seen at GI Joe Retalliation), and a signature Rock Bottom in the early fights with Deckard Shaw. Perhaps, Hobbs’ injury makes up for a new ally.

But overall, it’s like a first tribute to the departed Paul Walker, especially the closing scene where you see things that is rarely seen in an action movie like Fast and Furious. I guess that’s how they’re gonna put Brian O’Connor’s character to an end. And that accompaniment of See You Again solidifies the picture the most.

The question, how will Fast 8 go on without him? That’s the only thing we have to find out come April 14, 2017. 

I can’t say Fast 7 was the best movie of all the F&F series since there will be 8th in 23 months; however, one thing’s for sure: this is the most emotional one I have seen in them.

Author: slickmaster | © 2015 september twenty-eight productions

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