Review – “Furious 7” – a beautiful tribute to Paul Walker

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Starring: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Ludacris, Jason Statham, Tyrese, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Lucas Black, and Kurt Rusell
Director: James Wan
Rated: PG-13
Movie Page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2820852/

In the 7th installment of the series, the gang unites to say good-bye to one of their fallen friends as war is waged on by Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) as he tries to avenge his brother’s death.

This is a bittersweet movie as you watch the final movie of Paul Walker’s unfold on the screen. There are going to be some scenes that make your eyes water and it’s not because of the story. It’s because you know that this is it. This is Paul Walker’s legacy that you are watching and this is the last time that you are going to see him. The Tagline of the movie: One Last Ride is fitting for Paul Walker’s legacy in the series.

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The actors of the movie have asked that fans who have seen the movie to not spoil the tribute to Paul Walker that they do for him. TO honor that request I won’t say what it is, but you need to stay around and see it and if you walk out of the theater without getting choked up, then you have a heart of ice.

The fighting sequence definitely outweigh the fast cars, especially the final battle between Jason Statham and Vin Diesel. They have an old-fashion street fight that leads to both of them falling (but not in the way that you are thinking). Statham is a great addition to the series especially considering that he is the villain of the movie. He’s a total bad-ass that you can’t help but cheer for him just a little bit.

Not everything about the movie is perfect, even though we all wanted it to be. With action films there is a certain air of reality to the story. There are things that can happen that you just accept, but this movie goes beyond that. For example, when Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) is going out to join the final fight from his hospital bed, he just happens to have all his police gear and uniform with him. I can accept some things, but this movie went a little to far.

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There are two major themes that are repeated over and over again in the movie, that is ‘One last ride’ (which is the movie’s tag line) and family. It’s no surprise that this would be the focus of the movie considering that it’s Paul Walker’s final movie. Family has always been a major theme with Diesel repeating the importance of it over and over again in the movie, especially to Paul Walker’s Brian.

The best part of the movie is Paul Walker. Knowing that this is his last role is what’s going to get a lot of people to go to the movie theaters. To honor him. He doesn’t disappoint. It’s perhaps his best performance in the series, being the dad struggling from on from his fast cars to minivans who needs the last ride before he can move on with Mia and their family. The send off is beautiful and you will be hard-pressed to find a dry eye in the theater after the movie ends.

Rating: B-

What did you think of the movie?

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