Fast & Furious 7 Courtesy Sporteology

Fast & Furious 7 Courtesy Sporteology

Vin Diesel is one of the biggest actors in Hollywood because of his unique muscular bodies, philosophical dialogues, white vests and fast cars. He completes the Fast and Furious franchise with “Furious 7” on a both emotional and commercial note. Emotional because of the untimely death of his co-actor and ‘brother’ Paul Walker who died in a speed car crash; commercial because as one of the film’s producer he is expecting it to cross the $1 Billion Dollar mark and possibly even enter the Oscars 2016.

Here’s the film, Furious 7- set on the subject of vengeance where the brother to Owen Shaw, Deckard Shaw comes to seek the team of Fast and Furious for what they did to him in London. Our opening scene is immediately met with a fight sequence between a buffy Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and a stringy Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) who does a lot of damage, gets the team information and is off on a quest. Vin Diesel who is Dominic Toretto puts family first and he starts to pay the price when Deckard bombs their home and sets off the revenge story.

There is still the memory loss, love lost tagging going on between Dominic and Lettie (Michelle Rodriguez) and one of their iconic scenes is Dominic holding a sledgehammer ready to bring down her gravestone. The second backstory is that Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) now has a family and is adjusting to it, or trying to and how will his new family with Mia (Jordana Brewster) face this new threat and come out of it.

The team has to go back to the drawing board and nobody wants to die, because already Deckard kills their Tokyo friend Han. But I think this was not enough for the film to run for its entire length of about 130 minutes so they decided to put another “save your world” situation. The officials approach Dominic to help them get “God’s Eye” software, which has been designed by a tech-lady and that, can track anywhere, anytime within seconds. This most wanted software and maker are also being hunted by a war lord Mose Jakande (Djimon Hounsou) and partners with Deckard to finish the Furious 7 team who have been hired by the officials represented by Kurt Russell to return the software and the tech-lady so it goes into the right hands.

Finally the film is settling down to its core, fast cars and a chase. But there is a big sense of Bollywood going on. The flying cars scene is like the film Race 2 and at some point you think are you watching an Abbas-Mustaan film? The Ferrari going through the Towers in Abu Dhabi was also dumb. The head on collision between Deckard and Dominic was also silly and then they fight with rods, the parking lot collapses but somehow Deckard comes out without a scratch, how?

Also how can a fully armed helicopter flying over LA miss so many cars and not kill the Furious 7? It was like watching someone playing an Xbox game and missing the target so badly.

The bus hanging on the cliff reminding you of a Speed film still though and the exchange of the tech-lady from one car to another were cool.

On the performance end, Vin Diesel is looking hurt and emotional. Michelle Rodriguez looks old, Dwayne Johnson pulls his weight around, Paul Walker is a ghost, Jason Statham was a horrible, bored, tired villain, and they could have had a better choice. Kurt Russell does his fair charm, but the shiny stars were Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris. They were on point, a little funny and kept the movie moving forward. It was nice to Bollywood’s Ali Fazal (Fukrey, Khamoshiyaan & Bobby Jasoos) playing the role of the rich man in Abu Dhabi, his performance was good.

Finally Fast and Furious 7 reaches the finish line, was it worth it? Yes if you are a mega fan of the films so far and it was a good end. Director James Wan showed off his love for the series, knew how to place the cars and use them but he can do with more body of work to become a John Woo (Mission: Impossible).