MON­DAY FAST & FU­RI­OUS 7

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

FOX­TEL PRE­MIERE, 7.30PM

★★★

You can safely take your time mak­ing pop­corn be­fore you park your­self in front of Fast & Fu­ri­ous 7. The first halfhour is as hor­ri­bly hack­neyed as this fa­mously fuel-in­jected fran­chise has ever been. How­ever, af­ter that, the movie swiftly be­gins earn­ing its keep. Re­cent F&F se­quels have paid their way by pin­ning ev­ery­thing on au­da­ciously ridicu­lous and ir­re­sistibly adrenalised set-piece stunt se­quences, and this one ups the ante in all the best ways. Two ex­tended scenes set at high al­ti­tudes dis­obey all laws of ve­loc­ity, ge­om­e­try and air­traf­fic con­trol so fla­grantly, you just won’t be able to wipe the dopey grin off your face. The rest is tosh, save for a touch­ing trib­ute to the late Paul Walker at the close. write, plagues, viruses and pesti­lence to be un­leashed from on high, and last, but by no means least, there is one huge sea to be parted, and a mul­ti­tude of op­pressed peo­ple to be freed. Some ad­vice: this is one long movie, so plan ac­cord­ingly; and any bloke in this pic­ture wear­ing too much body-bronzer or guy-liner is not to be trusted.

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