MONDAY FAST & FURIOUS 7
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.