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Fast And Furious 7 Movie Review (Story, Climax and Mistakes Revealed)

CAST:Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Kurt Russell, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Djimon Hounsou, Nathalie Emmanuel



DURATION:2 hours 17 minutes

STORY: Dominic (Diesel), Brian (Walker), Letty (Rodriguez) Roman (Gibson) and Tej (Ludacris) are approached by Frank (Russell) to acquire a device called 'God's Eye' designed by a hacker, Ramsey (Emmanuel). This is a backdrop for the real confrontation - Deckard Shaw (Statham) who seeks revenge from Dominic for the death of his younger brother. From the US to Azerbaijan, then Dubai and back to LA, the fight is, indeed, both fast and furious.

REVIEW: Amazing stunts aside, James Wan (Insidious 2, The Conjuring) probably faced two big challenges when making this film. The first, crafting a movie that glorifies insanely reckless driving while also being sensitive to the fact that one of the leads (in a sad irony) died in a reckless sports car crash. Secondly, making a seamless film given the fact that Paul Walker - a name synonymous with this series - is no more. In both cases, he hits the sweet spot.

The plot of this film is just an excuse for some of the best car chase/action scenes recently seen on screen. You get a taste of what's to come in the beginning, when Shaw and Dom, much like two testosterone-fuelled bulls, ram their cars into each other head-on. No one backs away; no one bats an eyelid. They then step out of their mangled metal steeds and almost come to blows before Dom is rescued by Frank, who calls himself 'Mr Nobody'. A deal is struck: Dom and his crew will help Frank nab the terrorist Jakande (Hounsou, with some ridiculous lines) and the 'God's Eye' device and in return, Dom can use the device to locate Shaw. Ludacris is spot-on as the jester, whose cringing caution is a great counterfoil to the rampant machismo on display. The Rock packs some serious weaponry.

Furious 7 has a humane angle. The touching tribute to Walker puts the entire series into perspective and will make many eyes teary. The film's flaws suddenly vanish when you realise that if there is another film in this series, it just wouldn't be the same. RIP Paul.

Spoiler alert! Please do not read the following plot summary if you have not seen the film. 


An early scene in the movie establishes the rivalry between Dom and Shaw. They are both quite literally, on a collision course. None of them are willing to back away. After they crash their cars and then get out of their respective cars, Shaw is about to shoot Dom after mouthing the line, "Did you think this was going to be a street fight?"

That's when Agent Frank, who works with a branch of the US government, and his men enter the scene. Shaw gets away and Frank tells Dom that he needs a device, more like a surveillance system called 'God's Eye' because with that, any person can be traced at anytime, anywhere in the world. And once it is in the hands of the government, Dom can then use it to trace out Shaw - wherever in the world he may be.

We then see a chase sequence in Azerbaijan where the developer of the device, a hacker named Megan Ramsey. After a lengthy chase and fight, Brian saves Ramsey from captivity and then, they head to Dubai to get a chip or memory device containing the system's software inside a sheik's limited edition sports car. Brian and Dom do this while Tej distracts the guests in an adjoining room where a party is on full swing.

As their cover is blown and the security busts in, Dom and Brian drive out of the building window at a height, crash into another building and, realising that the brakes are gone, crash into a third. They narrowly escape with their lives.

Meanwhile, a terrorist named Jakande who Dom and Ramsey had escaped from during the Azerbaijan sequence, shows up and is gunning for them again. Dom, Brian and group hand over the chip to Frank, who then graciously allows its use, as promised, to locate Shaw. They do so, in an old factory and a gunfight ensues when Shaw tells Frank, his agents, Dominic and Brian that Jakande is on his side. The latter's men break into a room and a fight breaks out between the US government agents and Jakande's men.. In the melee, a handheld device into which the God's Eye chip is embedded, falls is collected by Jakande. Frank is injured in the fight and is later evacuated by helicopter.

The stage is set for the final showdown between Jakande, Shaw, Dominic, Brian and others in night-time LA.

A plan is hatched to de-activate the God's Eye surveillance system that's now in Jakande's possession. Jakande is in a helicopter armed with the device. Dom and gang decide that the only way to shut down God's Eye is for its designer Ramsey to hack into it with a virus. But in order for them to do so, they have to be within close range at all times. This means that they must keep tailing Jakande's helicopter while still being on the ground. This is when Hobbs (Johnson) who is nursing an arm injury in hospital, sees news of this urban battle unfolding on a news channel, and realises that it can only be Dominic who is somehow involved in it. He gets battle-ready, bids goodbye to his daughter and goes out to help. Jakande sends a drone out to kill the car that Letty is in, but Hobbs intervenes, destroys the drone and uses its minigun to cripple the helicopter Jakande is in. Shaw and Dom slug it out on top of a building and Shaw is defeated. Dom then powers his car off the building ledge and aims it for Jakande's damaged helicopter. He shoves a bag of grenades onto a hook below the chopper and then crashes. Hobbs shoots at these grenades from the ground, thus igniting them and killing Jakande in the explosion.

Shaw is then placed in maximum security prison by Hobbs and towards the end of the movie, we see Dominic, Brian and his family, Letty, Tej and Roman relaxing on a beach. Dom leaves and drives away but sometime later down the road, Paul Walker (now clearly off character) pulls up beside him in another car and the two bid farewell, while Dominic affirms that they will always be brothers.

1When Dwayne Johnson fires the minigun, given the weapon’s very high rate of fire [thousands of rounds a minute], he would have been out of ammo in a few seconds. He only had a small belt of ammo trailing from the weapon, which he seized from the drone. Yet, he is shown to be continuously firing for almost a full minute.

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