Fu­ri­ous 7 [ The­atri­cal]

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With the un­timely death of se­ries star Paul Walker cast­ing a dark shadow over the pro­duc­tion of the sev­enth in­stall­ment of Fast and Fu­ri­ous, the cast and crew have man­aged to hon­our the ac­tor in the best way pos­si­ble: by de­liv­er­ing a rip- roar­ing, ac­tion- packed mon­ster of a movie.

This se­ries has al­ways been about over the top ac­tion punc­tu­ated with sur­pris­ingly whole­some morals and a healthy dose of comic re­lief, and that’s been cranked right up here as James Wan takes to the direc­tor’s chair for an al­to­gether more suc­cess­ful ef­fort than the last in­stall­ment with­out Justin Lin helm­ing ( Tokyo Drift, in case you were won­der­ing). Given the some­what strange chronol­ogy of the se­ries to date, it’s worth re­mind­ing you that this is ac­tu­ally the se­quel to that first Lin­less ef­fort, with ev­ery­thing that came since ac­tu­ally tak­ing place be­fore it. Con­fused? Who cares? It’s got fast cars, The Rock, Vin Diesel, Ja­son Statham and Kurt Rus­sell in it. While pen­ning this re­view I fought long and hard with how to ad­dress the Paul Walker sit­u­a­tion. The fact that the ac­tor lost his life mid­way through the movie’s pro­duc­tion posed some se­ri­ous is­sues for the crew, but it’s all been han­dled phe­nom­e­nally well thanks to some hi- tech trick­ery and the in­volve­ment of Walker’s broth­ers Cody and Caleb, and while the po­ten­tial for a heavy­handed han­dling of his char­ac­ter Brian O’Con­ner left me ter­ri­fied be­fore­hand, I’ve got to hand it to Wan for man­ag­ing to not only hon­our the char­ac­ter and the ac­tor, but to do it in a way that feels right. Fu­ri­ous 7 may have lost the Fast from its ti­tle, but all that trade­mark ac­tion is here in abun­dance. In fact, my only gripe would be the fact that there’s prob­a­bly too much to take in, with the movie per­haps a lit­tle too long at 137 min­utes, but with such a dearth of de­cent ac­tion­ers hit­ting the­atres th­ese days, it’s an eas­ily for­giv­able mis­step from what is, un­sur­pris­ingly given past form, a re­ally, re­ally good flick.

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