Fast & Furious 7

Fast and Furious 7 - Wikipedia
Fast and Furious 7, (labelled Furious 7 for short) is the next sequel in the tale and last of the films that will have Paul Walker in a starring role.

The team are in a danger yet again, just when they thought they could go home and live normal lives. Owen Shaw, who is an old nemesis of Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian (Walker), has a brother Deckard Shaw who won’t rest until he’s destroyed the lot of them for sending Owen to jail.

He’ll steal, fight and blow things up to get at them and none of them are safe from him. He’s got the tools and contacts to do almost anything he likes.

Dom meets a convert operations team, led by a ‘Mr Nobody’ who says he’ll help Dom get Deckard, if Dom and his crew capture a computer program called ‘God’s eye’. The ultimate weapon in cyber tracking.

These movies are so wonderful. They have a good plot, great car effects and a first rate cast. The locations were just as varied as previous editions. It keeps a fast pace and you sense the family feel this group has. They look out for each other. It’s so rare that by movie seven, you’re still as gripped and surprised as you were in movie one.

For me at least, the cars aren’t the only stars. It’s not a car catalogue with no detail. There are some great vehicles featured and yes, there’s a helicopter again. But it’s the team behind the vehicles that sell it for me. Vin Diesel, Walker & Co have a great connection. You could imagine this little group in real life, with all their ups and downs fighting to stay afloat.

The plots may be predictable but the way in which they are conveyed makes them seem new. I felt a genuine interest in this group’s struggle. There was something more than car chases, as you do need something to fill the gaps between action sequences. They can’t do stunts every minute!

My only concern, is obviously the loss of poor Paul Walker. What will happen next and how will this group survive not only on-screen but off-screen too? It doesn’t seem to me the feelings stop when the director says ‘cut’. I wish them all the best.

Until the next movie, for which I really hope they do, 10/10 from me.

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Trailer reproduced from Universal Pictures UK.

Film Review: Fast and Furious 6

Fast and Furious 6
Fast and Furious 6 is the next sequel in this thrilling series. Lots of twists and turns keep this movie fresh. All the regular crew return with a chance of earning a full pardon for their past misdemeanours.

Paul Walker and Van Diesel star as pals Brian O’Conner and Dominic Toretto respectively. Brian and Dominic have been racing cars illegally and a few things in-between for the first five films. Now Brian has a wife and baby, he wants to settle down. Dominic advises him this is right.

But a new rival gang of racers committing crimes, soon drags them both back. The new team have some new experimental racing cars – skeletal frames and very low hung. They’re very fast and this makes them difficult to stop. Only Brian and Dominic’s team could stop them.

The leader is after something very big that the army are guarding. Luke Evans plays Owen Shaw leading the new team and is very ruthless. I wouldn’t want to work on his team! However it is good to see a villain that’s neither crazy or just plain evil. There was touches of humour and personality that made him more chilling.

There are numerous car chases each as exciting as the last. The ride never stops. Tanks and planes get added into the mix, it was nail biting. I liked the fact it was mostly set in London.

Jordana Brewster (Elena in Dallas) pops up as Dominic’s sister and is also Brian’s wife. The biggest surprise for me was Dwayne Johnson turning up as cop Hobbs. A no nonsense tough cop who really makes a bad cop look like an angel. He’ll do anything to catch the crooks. And he’s in the diplomatic branch? Now that’s just ironic.

The cast gel so well and I loved the fact there a major twist with one of the characters. There’s a surprise return and I loved it. It really added to the film. It was great.

The sense of family was so strong of Brian and Dominic’s team. They really do care for each other. After six films it’s still a joy to watch all of them interact. It’s so rare that by film six the banter is still witty!

The cars themselves are star features. Simply stunning and should satisfy most car lovers. I wished I could’ve bought them all!

Now don’t worry if you have a liking for smashing things up! You will love the demolition derby theme. It will have you on the edge of your seat! Just like the Sheryl Crow song from ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’, there’s martinis, girls and guns. (ok no martinis – it’s beers!)

Lots to keep everyone entertained! So a well deserved 10/10 from me. Great effort all round. I hope there’s a number seven!

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