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VIN DIESEL & PAUL WALKER IN FURIOUS 7

2015 rating: ***1/2
Sad irony how Paul Walker died, riding shotgun in a really fast car, when the 7th and most daring and outrageous FAST AND THE FURIOUS titled FURIOUS 7 is all about cars involved in extremely dangerous stunts, from falling out of airplanes to leaping from building to building to building, and the story keeps rolling… and then some… without a single hitch.

What 7 is to the entire franchise can be compared to MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL, and not only because there’s a sequence taking place in the Arab Emirates. It's a straight-out action flick while the cars, and the characters… really one in the same… are but instruments being carried by instead of literally driving the plot, handed-off onto various agendas: first to rescue a hacker and then to find the main bad guy, played by Jason Statham, related to the previous villain and seeking hardcore revenge.

Paul Walker
The biggest question is: How will the late Paul Walker bow out of the series? Upon his death it was reported he had only been involved with half the shooting. Must have been a worthy half since his Brian O’Conner is always right there with Vin Diesel's Dominic Toretto and the rest of the gang including the ingĂ©nue with partial amnesia and two polar opposites constantly at odds. But the closeness Brian's gained with his wife and son may provide a clue to his eventual fate.

So for fans of the series, this will definitely be a worthy climax (although obviously not a conclusion) – and for those who don’t care much for the hip-hop MTV style testosterone of the previous ventures (like yours truly), there’s a lot to enjoy in a franchise that’s become so unbelievably farfetched, it all seems completely believable, somehow. 
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  1. Oddly the only Furious movie I have seen is Tokyo Drift. I'm on a Zero Tolerance Non-Movie watching kick, well not really kick but future lifestyle for the rest of my life. Unfortunately there are three upcoming movies I plan on seeing the rest of the year.

    Another great review. It won't get me to see it. I think my last car movie that I really loved was Smokey and the Bandit .Hmmm I guess Gumball Rally was after that or before? And I loved the original Gone in 60 Seconds, not the awful Nick Cage movie. Cannonball Run, not so much either.

    I shall always read your reviews and be in awe.

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