The gang is (mostly) all back for the latest installment of the Fast and Furious franchise, Furious 7, and this one is the biggest movie in the line-up yet.
We left off in Fast and Furious 6 with Owen Shaw’s older, meaner brother Deckard (Jason Statham), coming after Dominic for some vengeance. One death and a few explosions later and Dom (Vin Diesel) , Brian (Paul Walker), Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Ludacris) and Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) are back at it, looking for ways to defeat Deckard. This is easier said than done. Statham’s character is former British black ops. In other words, a trained killing machine. They also get recruited by the US government, once again, to help bring down a crew of mercenaries, led by Djimon Hounsou, who have kidnapped a hacker named Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel). Ramsey has created a program called God’s Eye, that can be used to find anyone, at any place, at any time in the world. If Dom and his crew help Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell), find Ramsey and God’s Eye, he will let them use the program to locate and take out Deckard.
The story is all over the map, literally, starting with the crew parachuting cars out of a plane over a remote, unreachable part of the world, followed by a quick, and destructive, stop in Abu Dhabi, and finally bringing the characters back to their beloved home turf, Los Angeles.
Furious 7 has everything we’ve come to expect from the franchise: action, humor, death-defying stunts, and the most important component, fast cars. I love that these movies continue to showcase old school muscle cars. Dom’s 1970 Dodge Charger, a character in and of itself, makes yet another spectacular appearance. The sound of the 528ic supercharged Hemi onscreen never gets old for me.
The latest character introduced in Furious 7 is the $3.4 million Lykan HyperSport. Made by W Motors, the first Arab supercar company, the Hypersport is the third most expensive car ever made. The HyperSport boasts 770hp, will do 0-60 in 2.8 seconds and reaches its top speed at 240 mph. Some of the impressive features $3.4 million will buy you include Digital Automotive Technology, complete with a customizable screen that provides access to key driving information, including several performance and efficiency settings, diamond encrusted LED lights (yellow diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds are also available), a concierge service available 24/7, and a team of “car doctors”, W engineers, who will fly anywhere in the world to service the HyperSport, a 9″ hologram screen with interactive motion and gesture recognition. Don’t get too attached to the HyperSport though. Dom and Brian use it for a high speed getaway that includes jumping the car between three high rise buildings in Abu Dhabi before bailing out of the car and sending it to its death, stories below, with a spectacular crash. Car enthusiasts will no doubt be crying at this point in the film.
While always over the top, you can’t help but enjoy the Fast and Furious movies and Furious 7 is no different. After one particularly intense scene, audience members actually cheered and pumped their fists. Moviegoers also won’t be able to escape the reality that this is Paul Walker’s final screen appearance. There is a very touching tribute to him at the end. While I always enjoy a movie from this franchise, I can’t help but hope that this will be the last one. They’ve ended it well and I just cannot imagine these movies without Paul Walker.