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Furious 7 (A)

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102 Ratings

Release Date

2015 (India)
02 Apr 2015 (WorldWide)
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Furious 7 is set to take place after Fast & Furious 6. After defeating Owen Shaw and his crew, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) and the rest of the crew are able to return to the United States and live the normal life again as they had wanted, but Owen's older brother, Ian Shaw (Jason Statham), is after Dominic, seeking revenge for the death of his brother, putting the entire crew in danger once more. After learning of Han's death, the crew sets out to find the man who killed one of their own, before he finds them first.

One thing about Furious 7 is that the story feels a bit slight – like the film is built on nothing but goofy one-liners, rubber-burning chase sequences, and wall-smashing fight pieces that would be a nightmare for any contractor. Morgan’s previous scripts placed more of an emphasis on the plan that was pulling Dom’s team together, but this time around, it feels less consequential.

Dom (Vin Diesel) tries desperately to reconnect with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), while Brian (Paul Walker) struggles to acclimate to suburban life with Mia (Jordana Brewster) and their son. But Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), a cold-blooded British black ops assassin with a score to settle, is systematically hunting down those took out his little brother during their last mission. Our heroes’ only hope is to get behind the wheel again and secure an ingenious prototype tracking device for the U.S. government. In return, they’ll use it to locate the ghost that is Shaw before he can kill again. And as they form a tighter band than ever: The Fast & Furious 7—Dom, Brian, Hobbs, Letty, Roman, Tej and Mia—they will face their greatest threat yet in places as far away as Abu Dhabi and Azerbaijan…and as familiar as the streets they call home.

The action picks up precisely where Fast & Furious 6 left off. That outing’s big bad, Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), is comatose in hospital, and his perma-frowning older brother Deckard (Jason Statham) is out for a hot plate of revenge. After tussling with Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) at his DSS offices in LA – a normal movie’s entire budget is blown on throwing the pair through plate glass windows – Deckard heads to Tokyo to kill Han (Sung Kang) and return the franchise to a present that leads off from the third chapter, Tokyo Drift (parts 4, 5 and 6 were effectively flashbacks).

It's for these reasons and more that you can't stop watching: even when Furious 7 gets it wrong, it feels so right.

The final 20 of the movie's 137 minutes will probably play to an exhausted and indifferent audience, with at least four different story threads involving cars, drones, choppers and hacking all unfolding simultaneously – you begin to feel a little like Jason Statham as he's battered relentlessly by Vin Diesel with a steel pole. But then comes the finale, the protracted send-off for Paul Walker's character, which doubles as a well-handled and sensitive goodbye to Walker himself. As the movie's last image, a rare artful shot of composed subtlety, fades upwards into a grey sky turned blue, it's impossible not to be moved by the sincerity of it; though achieved through tragic circumstances, Furious 7 is the first movie in the franchise where the constant platitudes about love and family and brotherhood being important above all else finally rings true.

There is everything you need if you are already a fan of the series. This is the best goodbye for our favorite Brian O’Connor!

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