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Furious 7 (2015)Elaborate. Ludicrous. Ridiculous. Over-the-top. Touching.… More Elaborate. Ludicrous. Ridiculous. Over-the-top. Touching. Emotional. Delicate. Those are all adjectives to describe the roller coaster that is Furious Seven. It is so outrageous to think any of this is real or could be real, so be sure to check your brain at the door. The franchise has always been about topping the last film with more unbelievable stunts than the last. They've officially succeeded with some of the wackiest and craziest stunts I have seen on camera with cars. It makes you wonder how the writing round table goes when they plan this stuff out. Are they just crashing Hotwheels into each other and saying, "Hey, that could work."? It's a lot of fun to be on the edge of your seat even when you know the outcome. The direction is good enough to make you feel you are at least riding passenger to some of the racing and escape-driving they are doing. The tribute to Paul Walker in the end couldn't have been more fitting. It's like placing the last piece of a puzzle onto the board. They've essentially written him out of the series now (no spoilers on how) with his untimely death in 2013. It was poignant. It hit a nerve for some viewers having been along for the ride with him since this franchise started in the early 2000's. He deserved it. A true family man. As for the rest of the gang, I think a lot of people forget Vin Diesel's character Dom was really the main focal point for this series. You could feel it in the films he wasn't part of back in 2 Fast and Tokyo Drift (although everyone was out of that one). He's the glue for this franchise, and I wonder how they proceed with Paul Walker gone. I say Vin is the glue, but Paul elevated himself to Vin's level halfway through this franchise to make it seem like you couldn't have one without the other. The guest spots were minimal. I'm sort of tired of seeing Rousey in so many films doing her fighting thing. Iggy Azaelea was useless. Kurt Russell was great as Mr. Nobody, and I have heard rumblings he's the catalyst to push the series into another movie. Jason Statham is easily the most fearsome villain the franchise has had. For a movie that's based purely on being out of this world, he actually came off as a believable and grounded bad guy. Disappointingly, the Rock was only in the movie for a few scenes at the beginning and end. He missed a big chunk of the film, but when he was there he made it count. Also not sure how you can continue making these movies without his character making an appearance. They really did set this up to feel like the final film for most of these actors. Michelle Rodriguez got her due diligence with her character Letty and Ludicrous and Tyreese pretty much did their job as the comic relief, just as they always do without any real secluded story for each. Story wise, I was unimpressed with the 'God's Eye' project that felt forced alongside the revenge of Statham's character from his brother's demise in the last film. Granted, you can't have an entire 2-hour film based primarily on revenge sequence after another. It was nice to come full circle ending in Los Angeles, where the movies first started. Overall, this franchise has struck gold over the last three films with compounding solid efforts with Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6 and Furious Seven. With Paul out of the picture now and a feeling that there really isn't anything left for these characters to explore that doesn't branch off something we've seen in previous movies, it may be time to retire what I consider one of my favorite action franchises of all time.
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