Fast & Furious 7: Movie Review

"Fast & Furious 7" is the most over-the-top film in the franchise to date. It completely blows the other six films out of the stratosphere when it comes to its story, action scenes and stunts. Unfortunately, this doesn't mean that the seventh iteration is the best one yet. In reality, the film turns out to be just plain okay. While the action stunts will blow anyone's mind away, the struggle between believability and fantasy is something that truly bothered us more often than not.

More than a year after Dom’s (Vin Diesel) and Brian’s (Paul Walker) crew stopped Owen Shaw, danger has come in the form a cold-blooded British black ops assassin with a score to settle. Beginning his reign of terror with the brutal murder of Han in Tokyo and the attempted assassination of Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) in Los Angeles, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) is systematically hunting down those who took out his little brother. When Shaw blows up the Toretto house, Dom is forced to work with a high-level government operative (Kurt Russell). Their only hope is to get behind the wheel again and secure an ingenious prototype tracking device for the U.S. government. In return, they’ll use it to locate Deckard before he can kill again.

For a franchise not really known for its realism, "Fast & and Furious 7" really tested our mettle in this regard and was something that kept creeping up on us on most scenes. The action sequences are definitely epic. From sky diving cars to helicopters chasing cars, this film has everything and we really do mean it when we say that. This seventh iteration completely shatters what the other films were able to accomplish in terms of creativity alone. What the film lacks greatly is cohesion. The scenes were wonderful but the story was simply a convoluted mess. It simply doesn't make sense at all - even for action film standards. Was it lazy writing or connected to a central character's untimely off screen death, we will never know but it was the biggest letdown in the film. Overall, over-the-top doesn't equate to being the best. The uninspired writing coupled with a pretty hefty running time slightly disappointed us.

Rating: 3 reels

Why you should watch it:
- this film has everything in terms of action sequences
- simply epic fight and chase scenes

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the story was a huge mess
- realism was simply thrown out the door

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