Jean-Paul’s Rating: 3/5 stars
Bottom Line: A silly but fun movie. A little too long for an action movie. Yes, you will roll your eyes at times, but that’s to be expected.
Believe it or not, this is the first of the “Fast and Furious” movies that I have seen. I took the extremely easy gamble that there was very little backstory worth knowing for the cast of returning characters and lo and behold I was right.
The movie opens with Dekard Shaw (Jason Statham) in a hospital room talking to his injured and presumed comatose brother and vowing revenge upon those who put him in the hospital. Then Dekard Shaw leaves the hospital. I mention this scene because, as you will see if you watch “Furious 7”, it sets the stage beautifully for the kind of film you are in for. All flash and style and very little substance. Knowing this from the beginning can be the key to enjoying this type of movie.
The movie has lots of cars, lots of action, lots of hardbodies (both male and female), and lots of ridiculousness. The latter is ok because everyone is in on the joke. And speaking of jokes, there are none in this film. Check that. Roman (Tyrese Gibson) is supposed to be the comic relief but everything he does falls flat. In fact, the only way you will know that Roman is supposed to be the comic relief is everybody’s repeated insistence that Roman is the comic relief. On some level, the writers must have known this and used the other characters as a sort of “Applause” sign to tell the audience when to laugh.
There is a little bit too much setup and, at 137 minutes, “Furious 7” tries the patience somewhat for an action movie with little story to tell. Somewhat disappointingly, most of the cool scenes can be viewed in the trailers for the movie and you are just treated to longer versions of the trailer. All of this is ok because you know what you’re getting into when you sit down to see a movie like “Furious 7”. It is light, fluffy, forgettable, and fun to watch once. Once.