Movie review – Furious 7
Furious 7 gives us a all that it promises, and what the franchise rides on, along with the real-life drama surrounding a leading actor’s death during production. It starts as a simple revenge story, which quickly becomes a mirrored by a counterplot of fighting back for the protection of family. The setup is complete in about fifteen minutes, and though classically formulaic, this is not boring cinema.
The portrayals are strong, and the action even stronger. These twin strengths are the lifeblood of this franchise. This time they have powered the release to the highest success levels of the best of the industry by most measures, and the first run has just fallen off, though it’s been out for four weeks.
Even the soundtrack has hit the charts hard, showing the dominant share of positive reception for this offering. To put it bluntly, when a movie bulldozes the industry like this, it rewrites the rulebook. This is a repetitive phenomenon, happening again now; this time it’s part of the trend towards positive, nice-guy wins, and brightly-lit action entertainment, with a smile at the end. The dark and gloomy films of the past few years seem to be a distant memory, and the future once again seems bright and happy.
Rewriting the rulebook gets done when a 2001 gets made, the Godfather kills the box office, a Star Wars blows us away, or a Reservoir Dogs steals the scene. This time the one-two punch comes from the happy-go-lucky heroes of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and our current crop of buffed-out dudes speeding away with our attentions in their ‘Fast and Furious 7’ glory.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but the stunts are truly one step beyond, truly taking car chases and displays of speed to new heights. Though there have been exotic-car mishaps on public roads which police have blamed on “FF7 inspired copycats”, the stunts here are clearly the ‘don’t try this at home’ variety.
As entertainment, this is a winner on all counts, and looks to be the door-opener for more feel-goodies in the coming years. I liked this for its fun-factor, the well-placed laugh-lines and the stunning action, mano-a-mano and ‘rubber meets road’ variety alike. Though the large 3D screen (I heard 4D was great!) and 9-channel sound are essential to getting the real feel of the movie experience, I’m looking forward to reviewing it at home with only a big screen and a 3-channel sound system.