Furious 7 provides a satisfying installment to the Fast and Furious series

The seventh movie in the Fast and the Furious series crashed into theaters March 3, revving up the audience with action, humor, emotion and most of all, racing.

Starring Vin Diesel as Dominic Torretto and Paul Walker as Brian O’Conner, the movie featured the whole crew going their separate ways after they defeat an international terrorist named Owen Shaw (Luke Evans). Some of the crew members experience minor mental struggles. Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) struggles to regain her memory and O’Conner tries to come to terms with domestic life.

However, the crew members, which include Ortiz, Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) and Tej Parker (Ludacris), are called back together once again when Shaw’s brother, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), kills members of the crew one by one out of revenge. The murder strike starts with Han Seoul-Oh (Sung Kang).

As the crew chase after Shaw, it encounters a secretive government official called “Mr. Nobody.” Mr. Nobody offers Torretto assistance with stopping Shaw if in return Torretto can help prevent a Somalian terrorist named Jakande (Djimon Hounsou) from obtaining “God’s Eye,” a computer program that uses digital devices to track a specific person.

Furious 7 was filled with many instances of action and thrills in the form of near-death situations, stunts and explosions that kept the audience on the edge of their seats. Along with guns, hand-to-hand combat and racing, the action can only be described as vehicular warfare. For those who like action and cars, this is definitely the movie to watch as it is a blend of both. Like the other Fast and Furious movies, Furious 7 also includes some actors with knowledge in martial arts. Any evidence of CGI in the film was kept to a minimum when regarding stunts, especially the stunt involving parachuting cars seen in the official trailer.

Not only did the movie involve action, but it also had its share of humor, which was mainly distributed by actors Gibson and Ludacris who livened it up with some laughs and comedic appeal. Yet, many of the actors in the film managed to also bring some humor to the situations in the form of sarcastic comments.

The film contained a few seemingly emotional parts to take a break from the action. Some main emotional scenes in the film include the relationship between the concept of recovering Ortiz’s memory, O’Brian’s struggle to readjust to domestic life and the death of Seoul-Oh.

Speaking of emotional parts in the film, perhaps the most emotional reception of the film was the touching tribute to Paul Walker at the end of the movie. It was quite creative, eliminating his character by retiring him instead of killing him off, and having the tribute to Walker be a montage of his roles in the previous Fast and Furious films. The song that plays over the montage is “See You Again,” which is a perfect fit for the reminiscence. For some Paul Walker fans, the tribute and the movie were a bittersweet experience, evoking tears and heartache.

Respectively, the death of Paul Walker part way through the production of the film would provoke the question of how the movie was actually finished. To finish Walker’s scenes, the makers of the movie used body doubles, CGI and even the actor’s brothers, Cody and Caleb, because of their similar physical statures. The change, or any evidence of it, is almost nonexistent to the eyes of the audience.

Overall, Furious 7 was arguably the best film out of the whole series. With the Walker tribute, the movie concludes on a satisfactory note and it seems unfit to continue without him as he was part of the series from the very beginning.

Rating: 3.5/4