DVD Review: Review: The ‘Fast and Furious’ crew is back in the driver’s seat with their seventh movie

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Universal Studios

Rachel Gilbert, Staff Writer

They’re back once again! The “Fast and Furious” crew is back with another action-packed, engine-revving film directed by the great James Wan. “Furious 7” is well worth two hours, and viewers will not regret watching this fun, thrilling, and emotional movie.

Dominic (Vin Diesel), Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), and Brian (Paul Walker) are back to track down Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) after putting his brother, Owen, in a coma in the last “Furious” movie. Avenging his brother, Deckard tries constantly to kill one by one Dominic, Hobbs, Brian, and the rest of the team.

From driving out of a plane to unexpected encounters with Shaw, “Furious 7” gives more action than any other of the “Furious” movies. In the beginning of the movie, viewers first learn more about Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) and her amnesia from a fight in “Furious 6.” She and Dominic visit her grave where she said that she was dead because of her loss of memory.

Moments later, the screen flashes to Hobbs, who is staying late at work. When he returns back to his office after delivering something to Elena (Elsa Pataky), a patrol officer and Hobb’s coworker. He finds Deckard Shaw taking information off of his computer. After an intense five minute fight scene, Hobbs and Elena are thrown out a window and smash a black SUV parked below. While in the hospital, Hobbs talks with Dominic about Deckard and advises Dominic to find him without fail.

Fresh off the plane, Dominic, Brian, Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Ludacris), and Letty chase down a bus carrying Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel), a master hacker and the creator of God’s Eye, a program that can locate anybody anywhere on the face of the earth. This program is wanted by many people, but Ramsey refuses to show anyone other than the “Furious” crew.

Towards the end of the movie, earlier in the film falls into place during the last and most intense 30 minutes you will ever watch. Jakande (Djimon Hounsou), a man affiliated with Deckard Shaw, does whatever he has to do to get the God’s Eye from Ramsey. Not much more can be said about this wild, intense scene without spoiling the film’s ending and more!

Director James Wan does a spectacular job putting this movie together like the perfect puzzle. Emotion and love between the characters can be felt through the movie screen. They really look like they enjoy what they are doing and that they are perfect for telling and acting out the story.

Wan does an excellent job mostly on the explosions, special effects, and fight scenes. The way the camera followed the fights even to a point of flipping the camera when the character gets flipped is just astounding. The settings of the car chases, the fights, and above all the entire movie is planned to utter perfection. The producers couldn’t have decided better.

“Furious 7” has quite an emotional ending because of Paul Walker, who died in a car accident shortly before the end of the production. Watching his brothers, Cody and Caleb, play him at the end is a very sad yet reflective time to think about Paul Walker and the contributions he has made to these Fast and Furious movies. He had many fans and I bet all of them had their tissues in their hands at the end of this movie.

“Furious 7” was dedicated to Paul Walker, who died on Nov. 30, 2013

Our Grade: A
“Furious 7”
Rated: PG-13
Length: 137 minutes
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Directed by: James Wan
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson