Fast & Furious 7

Monday, April 13, 2015

Many wonder how the filmmakers will wrap up the partially completed Fast & Furious 7 when news broke out about Paul Walker's untimely death. Production was put on hold & the script had to be rewritten to retire Walker's character, Brian O'Conner without forgetting his legacy as one of the protagonists in the Fast & Furious franchise.

I almost thought they'll never be able to complete so soon but here they are proving me wrong. The theatrical poster was published in black & white, resembling a tribute in memory of Paul.

The plot picks up from Fast 6 mid-credits scene, a snippet of a man calling Dominic Toretto while Han Seoul-Oh (Sung Kang) was seen in the background stucked in his crushed car from a crash earlier. The mystery man identified himself as Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), an older brother of Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), threatens to break Dom's team apart to avenge his comatose younger brother.

In typical Fast & Furious style, Dominic's remaining crews team up with a covert ops team led by Mr Nobody (Kurt Russel) to stop terrorist Mose Jakande (Djimon Hounsou) from obtaining a computer program in return for a favour to hunt down Deckard.

Now, the rest of the plot is predictable - no less of high adrenaline, vehicle chase & testosterone-filled fighting scenes. The previous two Fast & Furious sequels had iconic action such as dragging a huge vault around town & Dom flying airborne over a bridge to catch hold of Letty falling off from an explosion. Furious 7 is even more death-defying than you could ever imagine. You'll see cars skydiving off a plane & a supercar crashing through 3 blocks of skyscraper.

What sets Furious 7 apart from its previous instalments is the poignant tribute scene towards the end of the movie. We all know that some of the scenes were not Paul himself; it was merely a CG version of his face & voice with his brothers, Caleb & Cody as stand-ins. Although Paul may not be those award-winning actors, it was still heart-wrenching to see that he's no longer part of the team. The filmmakers' decision to retire him nicely was smart move to give Paul a proper closure to his legacy as an actor & philanthropist.

They say this movie can make even the toughest man cry. For me, I felt the pain & loss even though I didn't shed a tear. The ending was beautiful, more so with such a beautiful tribute song by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth. RIP Paul...

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