Fast and Furious 7 - Edgars Ster Kinekor Premier

At 137 mins Fast and furious 7 has the longest running time in the series of this fast paced explosive franchise. Except for the James bond franchise , it's very seldom that movies have the ability to re-invent themselves into successful sequels, Furious 7 does this with fine style. The franchise has used almost the same cast for the last 14 years and has successfully changed its narrative from its street racing formula only to a more grittier stylised cash heisting car chase action movie.

The car chases and fight scenes are drop-jaw amazing and the over the top gratuity of action can only be expected from Fast and Furious as each movie pushes these boundaries setting the bar higher for the next movie. Nothing felt forced, but it all seemed credible in some nonsensical way. The reason to see “Furious 7″ is the action.

The basic story in this film is a lot like the previous film. But where in the previous films they used the "One last job theme" this movie nicely intertwines vengeance into that plot.
Toretto and his team are asked by a government secret agent to recover a computer program developed by a hacker called Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel of the “Game of Thrones” TV series). This program will enable them to find Shaw and put and end to his vendetta. It turns out that they don't really need to find Shaw. He finds them. There is yet another bad guy associated with Shaw, Jakande (Djimon Hounsou of “Guardians of the Galaxy”) who has his own private army of mercenaries, including a formidable fighter, Kiet (played by martial arts action star Tony Jaa of the “Ong Bak” series of action films).

Tony Jaa's spectacular stunts and Rhonda Rouseys menacing henchman bodyguard role complements the daring and very outrageous vehicular action sequences. Both these talented martials artists have very limited roles in the movie but for their brief screen time, they both play memorable roles that quite easily outclass the best henchmen roles we've seen in movies in recent years

The locations in this movie are breath taking that take Toretto and his team all over the world, Furious 7 stays true to its roots and honours it's motorhead fans from high speed car chases, street racing to dodging missiles, the spectacular stunts and fight scenes are consistent throughout this movie and are executed with discipline and plenty attention to detail and very little reliance on CGI as we see in many other movies that try to copy this successful formula.

This is  Paul Walker’s last movie. He died 30 November 2013, in an unrelated car accident halfway through the shoot. The remainder of the movie used body doubles and CGI. His brothers, Cody and Caleb Walker, worked as stand-ins quite effectively. 

There is a sense of uneasiness when watching Walker throughout Furious 7, the morbid interest of watching him perform death defying car chasing stunts an how it juxtaposes the the reality of his demise at many times overtakes the viewers genuine interest in the film forcing you to look out for those CGI scenes that although may be seamless still feels very haunting.

Paul Walkers exit is honoured by the director very gracefully with a beautiful sentimental tribute by Wiz Khalifa aptly titled "See you again" that altogether makes this movie are more intimate experience. 

Furious 7 is what it is, a great action movie, it sets a new precedent in action that other movies will find very difficult to top. Do yourself a favour and watch this in Imax, you can't experience this amount of action any other way.

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