Two years since the last over the top exploit, "Furious 7" is back with a vengeance and it's actually more extreme, less realistic and yet, surprisingly better. Truthfully, after "Fast 6" I wasn't exactly counting down the days for the next installment. Personally, I felt the action scenes were getting bigger and the plotlines were thinning out and I thought maybe I had seen my last of the Fast & Furious movies.
Thankfully this was not the case. While still being the fast paced, non-stop vehicular battlefield we are familiar with, "Fast & Furious 7" is and always will be forever laced with the emotional loss of Paul Walker. I was talking to a friend recently on how Hollywood lost many stars in the past year but the one death that seemed to have been felt the longest is Paul Walkers. I can only contribute this to the fact that whoever followed the Fast & Furious cast outside of production was able to feel the loss of a true-friend through their own struggle. And it's in this connection, that the family that's portrayed in the franchise amongst the characters transcends to reality and creates the emotional undertone throughout the film.
"Furious 7" gratefully is more then just a dull storyline that acts as the link through all the breathless action, it's filled with moments of laughter thanks to Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris and some classic one liners from Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson - even though some jokes were cringe worthy.
The movie's premise does becomes somewhat jaded though as the crew, Toretto and Co. embark on an off the books military operation to get a program called "God's Eye". This device will help them find their main target Shaw yet somehow he is one step ahead of them and abruptly interrupts at every turn. Earning their frequent flyer points, Toretto's crew travel from LA to Azerbaijan and Abu Dhabi as the action ensues and destruction follows in their wake. Toretto will stop at nothing to finally close this chapter and kill Shaw so his family/crew can be safe.
I have to complement the whole production team as losing a star and restructuring a entire movie is not easy but something they seamlessly did with success. "Fast & Furious 7" ends in the most fitting and touching of manners, retiring Paul Walker's character Brian O'Conner in an emotional final sequence.
"Fast & Furious 7" puts the accelerator to the floor from the get go. Be prepared for action and adrenaline bundled with an emotional send off. Trust me, you won't be left disappointed.
In cinemas April 2, 2015.