MOVIE REVIEW: “Furious 7”

FURIOUS 7

FURIOUS 7

Synopsis: “Deckard Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his family for his comatose brother.”

Review:

The seventh installment of the Fast & Furious film series should be the final film made for the franchise for several reasons. The first few reasons are for the film’s ability to please its die-hard fans with the series’ best action sequence and comedic moments, while being able to deliver a powerful goodbye to the late Paul Walker.

However, the film uses too much style over substance and becomes cheesier rather than cooler. There were more than a few times where I felt that the film was in serious danger of “jumping the shark.”

Like many recent action movies, the movie is too long and tries to incorporate several plot points and characters to justify it. This includes the characters played by Kurt Russell and Djimon Hounsou, who are here only for star power and give awkward performances.

The subplot that revolves around their characters is stupid and unoriginal. Nathalie Emmanuel is also wasted as just another pretty face in the film.

Even some of the returning cast and characters are not used to the greatest effect; Dwayne Johnson’s character is barely in Furious 7, Jason Statham’s character is forgettable, and Tyrese Gibson’s character, although very funny in a couple of scenes, has too much screen time and some jokes just seem forced.

In terms of performances, no actor stands out. The film’s multiple action scenes also suffer from the film’s runtime. While the first couple of scenes, specifically the scene that introduces the characters played by Emmanuel and Tony Jaa, are extremely entertaining and fun to watch, the last few are too silly to enjoy and are lazily directed and edited.

However, despite these issues, Furious 7 is still very entertaining and fun to watch. If you are a fan of the Fast & Furious franchise, you may consider the seventh film the best one, and the final scene will move even casual moviegoers.

That scene is a beautiful tribute to Paul Walker which is both powerful and very emotional to watch.

Although the film may appear to be the average blockbuster, it is actually a heartfelt goodbye to Walker and possibly the series. Furious 7 receives 3 out of 5 stars.

Rafael Guerra:  Rockland Voice Photo/Journalist Intern working the Movie Review Beat.  Msr. Guerra is a  student at Paramus Catholic High School.

Rafael Guerra: Rockland Voice Photo/Journalist Intern working the Movie Review Beat.
Msr. Guerra is a student at Paramus Catholic High School.

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