Film: “Fast & Furious 7”;
Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Kurt Russell, Michelle Rodriguez,
Jordana Brewster, Djimon Honsou and Lucas Black;
Director: James Wan;
The much-awaited seventh edition of the “Fast & Furious” franchise is an excellent tribute to the late actor Paul Walker but for the last 10 minutes. Though the film is packed with action encapsulating the mood, it tests the patience of fans of Paul Walker, who was killed in a car accident, albeit unrelated to the film, in November 2013.
With a barrage of outlandish ear-deafening action sequences, sprinkled with a few comical as well as emotional moments that take place across continents, the “Furious 7” is a high octane, over-the-top, adventure caper, that is frivolous though it may appeal more to the fans.
The story begins from where it left in the previous film and focuses on “family ties and friends” with the narration by Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and the team, who wanted to forget the past and settle down in life in a sober manner. But Deckard Shaw (Statham), who had lost his brother, is not relenting and seeking blood to avenge his brother’s death.
Unable to stop Shaw, Dominic and his team approach FBI Agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) who was in a hospital and refers them to secret CIA operative Kurt Russell, who introduces himself as “Mr. Nobody” and agrees to help them if Dominic’s team would secure a sharp tracking device for the US government.
Simultaneously, a group of mercenaries led by Jakande (Djimon Honsou), are vying for the tracking device and both teams meet later in the film to provide an action.
Director James Wan, who had earlier made a few horror movies like the “Saw” and “The Conjuring” series, made this action-packed film in tune with its pedigree but he makes the narration tedious, with loud action scenes from start to finish.
You can relish some preposterous action sequences shot at post-card locales along with unusual stunts which include fisticuffs and street-style fighting, few more nail-bitingly edgy scenes incorporated.
The crisp dialogues, one-liners in the series are kept in tact. These are especially evident, during moments of one-upmanship, when the cast keeps ribbing their opponents, “too slow” and serving as a reminder of what the film is all about.
Being a film of action heroes, you should not expect emotions in the film as even ladies are no better in delivering strong lines in a stoic manner.
More than Visuals, sound effect take precedence in the film making it more loud and fast. The songs with the lyrics, “Oh oh my, I couldn’t believe in my eyea” and the last one “We have come a long way about you, my friends” in the background are touchy.
Finally, it is a film made for the film fans and it should appeal to them owing to the fact that it was the last and farewell film to Paul Walker.
(With inputs from IANS)