Furious 7 Review: You’ll Believe a Car Can Fly

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Seven films in, and these guys are still finding new ways to make us gasp and cheer. While the Fast & Furious franchise will likely never hit the dramatic or creative highs of fellow blockbusters from Marvel or the 007 folks, this series continues to have an endearing and irresistible charm that keeps us coming back.

Furious 7 carries tragedy along with it, though. When Paul Walker died in late 2013, this film was only partially done filming. Six going on seven films in, Walker had starred in all but 2006’s Tokyo Drift. There needed to be a proper goodbye.

This new entry’s runtime is a little long, the space between set pieces feeling just a tad longer than in the previous two, but it’s mostly the usual antics. Brian (Walker) and Dom (Vin Diesel) playfully riff on each other, drink Coronas, and spout about how important their adopted families are to them. And of course, huge, over-the-top set pieces involving the most coveted cars on the market defying the laws of physics. This is a film that features said vehicles being dropped out of a plane to land safely on a narrow mountainside road to infiltrate a bus. If you’re even a casual fan of action movies, these sequences are not to be missed.

But this is also a film that has to pay tribute to a man that helped this series stay alive for 14 years. You can feel the room get heavy once all the fun and games are over. The series’ over-stated yet still genuinely endearing family and friendship values come to a head as Brian and Dom rev up next to each other one last time. It’s a loving tribute, sure to test your tear ducts regardless of how you feel about the series. Does it necessarily fit with the rest of the film? No, but it doesn’t matter. Walker co-lead this franchise for a decade and a half. No awkward shift in tone, even if it could have been smoother, is worth taking away a farewell the filmmakers, cast, and audience all get to be a part of.

As a complete picture, Furious 7 is messy inbetween its set pieces, and not even every single one of those lands as well as it could. But there is a grace attached to Walker’s tribute that makes this the most emotional film in a series that relies almost entirely on outrageous action. In the end, Furious 7, tribute and all, is doing what the franchise has always relied on: doing whatever the hell it wants. There will be better blockbusters than this one in 2015, but I can’t say I’d want it to be any different. Grade: B

By Matt Dougherty

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