Fast & Furious 7
I may not be able to act but I can lift heavy things
Classic Elsternwick - Monday 06 April 2015, 6:30pm
Running time: 137m
Country: United States
Classification: M (action violence)
Release date: 02/04/15
Cost: $10 (Optus Rewards)
Rating: 4.5/10 (ME 2/5, DP 2.5/5)
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Michelle Rodriguez return with the rest of the crew in the latest instalment of the popular The Fast and the Furious franchise. Going around the world in the pursuit of a talented hacker, the team find themselves pursued by a variety of baddies and having to escape seemingly impossible situations.
It seemed a strange movie choice for us. We don’t often engage in the action car chase genre and haven’t seen any of the previous movies, but it turned out to be a fast-paced (the clue is in the title) and enjoyable bit of fun. There was enough in the storyline to appeal to viewers who were new to the franchise, so don’t feel put off seeing it if you haven’t seen the previous instalments.
There are some very poor acting performances here (alarm bell: Kurt Russell is the best actor in this film) but the actors seem committed to their two-dimensional characters. The dialogue had us either cringing or laughing… for all the wrong reasons. There’s slow motion footage of young women in bikinis, loud noises, explosions, extensive fight scenes (though you see very little blood), breaking glass, cars flying through the air and lots shiny things. There are many things wrong about this film, but if the intention was to make an engaging film with some edge-of-your-seat excitement and lots of burning rubber then it did everything right. It won’t be to everyone’s taste but we were surprised by the diversity in the audience at our screening, particularly the group of elderly women who were more than familiar with the franchise.
Paul Walker died during the production of this film and there is a touching scene that pays tribute to him. Although I’m not a fan of a flashback montage, it seemed to work well here. It’s hard to tell which scenes featured the real Paul Walker and which featured the CGI version of him, so don’t waste your time trying to work it out. Just enjoy the ride for what it is. (ME)
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