Fast & Furious 7 Review
Written by Tammy Lui on April 3, 2015
In Cinemas: 3 April 2015
For someone who has never actually followed the Fast & Furious series, I went into the cinema with my doubts and mild interest. Sure, the cars falling out of the plane looked very thrilling, and that little bit of humor did make me giggle (a bit), but with all the boobs and just too much testosterone in the trailer, I was not 100% impressed.
However, in an unexpected turn of events, I surprisingly really enjoyed FF7.
The movie starts off with British villain Deckard Shaw (played by Jason Statham), seeking revenge over the Fast and Furious squad for putting his FF6 villain brother Owen Shaw (played by Luke Evans) in a coma. The Fast and Furious squad, as I like to call them (#squadgoals), is forced to take down Deckard as their last mission before retiring from all the action and settling down. A deal with an organization to take down Shaw gets the squad caught in even more trouble, which endangers their lives even more.
Being primarily an action movie, the action sequences – including deadly car chases, cars jumping out of planes, buildings collapsing with main characters rushing to escape etc. – were everywhere. Despite the tension in these action scenes, the director was sure to inject some humour to make everything more lighthearted and a bit easier for first-timers like myself to watch. The script was peppered with jokes and comedy, notably provided by characters like Roman Pearce (played by Tyrese Gibson) and even Hobbs (played by Dwayne Johnson).
A movie is nothing if it lacks a riveting plot, and FF7 knew that very well. There were moments that tugged at my heartstrings, particularly the angsty moments between Dominic Toretto (played by Vin Diesel) and his wife Letty Ortiz (played by Michelle Rodrigues). Of course, everyone would probably agree with me that the biggest tearjerker was the tribute to the late Paul Walker, who passed away while filming this movie, the seventh installment of an 11-year series.
But fear not, faithful FF followers, I can assure you that you will be very pleased with how the director tied up the film as well as Paul’s farewell. My only bit of criticism would have to be the depth of most of the characters. Apart from Dom and Brian whom the movie centralized most on, the rest of the characters seemed to be sidelined, even overshadowed and forgotten amidst the action. I would have loved to see more Roman, or even more of the new chick, Ramsey (played by Nathalie Emmanuel).
Overall, FF7 was quite enjoyable, and definitely a movie to catch if you are a fan of explosions, sweet rides, and jokes that buuurrrrnnn. Thank you NBC Universal for inviting us for the preview screening of Fast & Furious 7 and for being such hospitable hosts at the event! I will definitely be binge watching Fast & Furious the next time I get the chance to!