‘Furious 7’ Plot Delivers Excitement, Thrills

Antonio Gamez
Opinions Editor

The Fast & Furious series tends to boggle my mind. Although I haven’t seen the third installment, I can say that the series went from partially suitable to absolutely brilliant. Somehow, within that change in focus from conflicts within street-racing to suspenseful, action-packed adventures, the rest of the elements in the series were innovated. Furious 7 proves this to be true – and does a fantastic job at it too.

Furious 7 takes place after Fast & Furious 6 (and Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift). Following the defeat of Owen Shaw, Deckard Shaw (Jason Staham) vows to avenge his younger brother against Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew.

Furious 7 manages to balance all of the following components essential for this type of film; Action, Comedy, and Plot. I can’t remember the last time I laughed at any film as much as I did here, and it wasn’t too distracting either. Despite a really shaky camera that puts Michael Bay to shame, the car stunts and human choreography was well done, stealing your attention for the sake of creating suspenseful, yet extreme conflicts. Director James Wan, who has directed mostly horror films such as Saw and The Conjuring (and is new to the franchise), manages to present each of those three elements in a fashion that isn’t disrupting, but rather appeasing.

The plot isn’t hard to follow or forgettable. I suppose the one thought I had during my viewing was that at times it felt like a “Point A to Point B” straightforward story. At the the same time, however, the emotional substance from the characters makes up for this. Although I was slightly disappointed by Dwayne Johnson’s character given less screen time than the last two films, the main focus wasn’t on him. This story focused on Toretto and his family, and the film remains committed to that, especially with the subplots involving Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker)  and Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez).

Whether the series should continue after this installment is beyond me. Regardless, Furious 7 once again answers why this franchise has innovated, with the perfect balance of everything there is to appreciate action films for.

Rating: 4.5/5
Furious 7 is rated PG-13 for prolonged frenetic sequences of violence, action and mayhem, suggestive content and brief strong language.

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