Grosse Point Geek cast s his critical eye over the latest Fast franchise instalment…
Directed by James Wan
Actors: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Jason Statham, Kurt Russell, Jordana Bewster
When the big bad older brother of Fast 6’s villain shows up looking for revenge, Dom, Brian, Lettie and the rest of the gang strike a bargain with a shadowy CIA agent (Kurt Russell) to retrieve a super computer called “God’s Eye” and in return he agrees to help them track down their unstoppable and ever pursuant nemesis.
To be honest when i saw The first Fast and The Furious in 2001, i thought it was good but wasn’t that blown away by it, the second film (2003’s 2 Fast 2 Furious) was OK, but by the third entry (FF:Tokyo Drift – 2006) the franchise appeared to have run out of gas completely. Then in 2009 Universal reunited most of the cast from the original film for a fourth feature simply called Fast and Furious, which surprisingly was a vast improvement on the previous two sequels and did very well at the box office. After this we got Fast Five in 2011, where half of Rio was destroyed and the man mountain of testosterone that is Dwayne Johnson went head to head with Vin Diesel in what has got to be one of the best and brutal fight scenes ive ever seen. 2013 saw the release of the London set Fast 6 – which upped the stakes even further and gave us some of the most mental action scenes ever committed to celluloid.
We now have this seventh entry which ups the ante even further. Now lets get one thing straight, if you are a fan of arty farty, Oscar worthy stuff like Shakespeare in Love, Sense and Sensibility etc etc, then its safe to say that Fast and Furious 7 is not for you, so do yourself a favor and save your money (and while you’re at it don’t waste time reading this review!) However if you go to the cinema to be absolutely thrilled, have lots of fun and be completely entertained, then this film might just be right up your street.
Putting it mildly Fast 7 has got everything an action fan could want – explosions, gun fights, fisticuffs,one liners – the lot. All expertly delivered by director James Wan and well played by the cast. I mean don’t get me wrong – its completely preposterous and if you do go and see it you will have to swallow such sights as a load of cars parachuting from a plane, Walker and Diesel driving a souped up super car between not one but two skyscrapers and oh yes and did i mention the utterly bonkers drone strike/car chase/Diesel vs Statham LA set finale????
There are a few faults with the film – most notably the script which, for all its one liners is a bit leaden in the more serious dramatic scenes, not only that but Dwayne Johnson’s wonderfully butch Federal Agent Hobbs isn’t in it nearly enough and the excellent Jason Statham could have done with a bit more character development and alot more to do than just blow things up.
Despite these criticisms i absolutely and completely loved Fast 7 – not just because it was so much good fun but also because of the wonderful way that the filmmakers said goodbye to the late Paul Walker who tragically died during production. Indeed the final 5 minutes were so well handled and so touching that it really hit home to me what a tragic loss Walker’s death was to the film world. From what i have read, he was a smashing chap, who loved life, gave it his all in every film he appeared in and had a very bright future ahead of him. Such a shame we will never see his like again.
Fast and Furious 7 is in cinemas now and I would highly recommend it.
Author: Will Strong