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“Fast and Furious 7” brings staggering numbers

By Jack Cowper
Staff Writer

Furious7onelastposterbigRating: 8 out 10
Duration: 2 hours 17 Minutes
Rated: PG-13

“Fast and Furious 7,” directed by James Wan (“The Conjuring” and “Insidious”), gets the crew back together once again to fight off bad guys, starring its original classic duo of Diesel and Walker with Dwayne Johnson, Ludacris and many other recurring “Fast and Furious” characters.

As in the previous “Fast and Furious” movies, right from the opening scene, there is an antagonist introduced, Deckard Shaw, played by Jason Statham. The FBI and agent Hobbes played by Dwayne Johnson requires the help of Dominik Toretto, played by Vin Diesel, and Brian O’ Conner, portrayed by Paul Walker.

The plot of “Furious 7” was similar to many of the other films in the series; the whole crew works together to achieve their goal, accompanied by action packed sequences along the way.

Toretto, Hobbs and O’Conner are working to stop Shaw, who is doing everything in his power to take out Toretto because of Toretto defeating his brother who is now in a coma. In previous “Fast and Furious” movies, the villains were intimidating, but not to the same degree that Shaw is in this film. In every scene there was a new reason to fear him.

One fault with the story was one of the critical plot points that involved a computer program that can track images from anywhere to find anybody. This program can easily be perceived as a rip off of the computer program in “The Dark Knight” because Bruce Wayne used the same concept to track down the Joker.

The movie has a couple of notable scenes, starting when Hobbes who becomes a one-man army by driving an ambulance off of a bridge and into a helicopter to destroy it. Another instance was when Toretto drives a car through two buildings in midair.

The script writing team deserves credit for creating captivating scenarios for the characters to overcome, such as, when O’Connor had to escape a bus falling off a cliff by running and jumping off as it was falling. Cinematically, the movie was impressively shot with many tough action sequences and tricky moments requiring computer generated imagery. There was one scene in particular that must have been very difficult to shoot; it was when Paul Walker was fighting on the moving bus. The fight had to be a complicated shoot because of all the angles the production team captured in a confined space as well as trying to make the CGI background believable so it looked as if they were actually speeding down the road.

“Furious 7” was met with adversity upon the passing of one of its lead actors, Paul Walker, who lost his life in an automobile accident while the film was still in production. This put an emotional strain on the entire cast and crew, as they were all reportedly close to Walker. As tough as this loss was, it may have made the final product better because it sparked the drive and motivation in the cast and crew to make the film the best that it could possibly be in Walker’s memory.

The filming of Walker’s scenes was completed by using his brother as a body double and from using computer generated imagery along with taking footage from previous films. While watching, it is slightly apparent in some scenes that there is a body double and that CGI is involved. However, this did not detract the movie in the slightest. At the end of the movie for about five minutes, there was a monumental and beautiful tribute to the deceased film star.

There were many touching scenes and deep humanistic values stressed throughout the movie. Moviegoers can see that the creators of the film wanted to emphasize these important morals for a reason, and for that they deserve acclaim, along with all that they overcame to make a great end product.

“Fast and Furious 7” delivers an entertaining action flick filled with emotion and heart. As of April 23rd, “Furious 7” was the number one movie in America and has grossed over $1.1 Billion at the box office globally.