Furious 7 is chock-full of everything we as Fast fans have come to know and love. Explosions, touching family moments, and more explosions.
Deckard Shaw, a ruthless government-trained villain, is determined to take out Dom and everyone he loves in order to avenge his brother, and the crew ends up with more than a few close calls with death. Standard.
Dom and the family partner with a mysterious government agent, who offers them a deal so that they all get what they want—the agent acquires a powerful program created by an elusive hacker, and Dom gets Shaw’s head on a platter.
Without giving away the plot, it left us all on the edges of our seats more than once. I can’t describe how many times I pronounced, “Oh my God,” because someone was literally hanging off of a cliff or seconds away from being annihilated by a missile.
Once again, standard fare for those of us who have stuck around since the first film 14 years ago.
I would never boast about the intricacies of a Fast plot, because they’re not really there for me. But the recurring cast and their chemistry, and the ability to deliver a riveting, heart-attack-inducing thrill ride? 10/10 every single time.
However, there’s no denying what many of us were focused on this time around: Furious 7 is the last time we’re ever going to be immersed in the same atmosphere we’ve fallen in love with.
Paul Walker, our fiercely loyal, bad boy former cop Brian O’Connor onscreen, is gone.
I felt it every time his face was on that theater screen—although there will be more films, there was an air of sad finality to this one.
I don’t want to spoil the ending for you here, but I will say that it’s a touching scene in which the characters and the actors say goodbye to their brother simultaneously, topped off by a moving speech from Vin Diesel that’ll resonate with you if you’re as emotionally-invested as, I will admit, I’ve become.
There were tears.
I’ve watched several of Paul’s movies over the years, but this franchise—its theme of family and unity in particular—drew me in and never let me go. I’ve come to love Brian, Dom, Mia, Letty, Tej, Han, Gisele, and Roman. Their inside jokes, their quirks, it’s all familiar territory for me, having first been introduced to the world when I was just 8 years old.
I know I’m not the only fan who feels this way. So, his friends and family say goodbye with this film, and so do we.
Paul, you made some sort of impact on us all, whatever that means to us as individuals.
Thank you for taking us along on the ride. Rest in peace.
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