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This was a bitter-sweet movie when you look at the overall end-product. Great story, fine performances, awesome stunts and cool cars as well.
But then you're met with heartbreak when you know that this is the last movie that Paul Walker was working on before he died.
It's when you reach the midway point where you notice that the character of Bryan O'Connor doesn't have as much dialogue as he had earlier in the movie is where you realise this is where Paul had died in real-life and the script is working around the circumstances of his sad passing and creatively crafting the movie so that Bryan is still in, but with Paul's face superimposed on to his brothers faces since they had similar body-builds to him.
The movie itself when you take you allow yourself to be distracted by the fact that Paul is no longer around is a well-written story that took the saga to the next level and tied up the loose ends that took place at the end of Fast 6 and subsequently Tokyo Drift where Han had been killed in action by Jason Statham's character, Deckard Shaw.
What I particularly found enjoyable about Jason's character is that for once we get an antagonist that is just bad and enjoys being bad. For too long in recent history villains were portrayed as being sympathetic due to the circumstances of their upbringing or being betrayed to where they turn on their friends and family like Loki from the MCU when he learns of his origin in 2010's Thor.
Whereas here, Deckard Shaw is out for revenge and nothing else. And from a writing stand-point I highly admire. Because I maintain the principle of, if you keep it simple, you keep it more effective.
Adding Kurt Russel as Mr. Nobody is a fine addition to the cast as here you have this experienced actor with so much to give to this long-standing Franchise that he just fits right in at home as the man to deal out operations to Torreto and his crew. That and it gave birth to a very profound one liner from Vin Diesel
"I don't have friends - I got family"
The great thing about that line is that so many people can relate to it because you do get a group of friends that are your extended family.
I remember someone telling me once that:"friends are the family we choose." and that's so true. Because friends can be the family that isn't blood related. And by extension we can get blood relatives that aren't really family to us. It happens...
And the music video above was the perfect way to send Paul Walker off in such a touching way with a montage of clips of his appearances in the Fast & Furious Series with the usage of his Toyota Supra.
And personally, I think the Series should have stopped here. Because all the loose ends were tied up and without Paul, it's just Vin Diesel on his own at the helm as the lead role of the Franchise. That's not to say that he can't handle any future movies by himself, but it was him and Paul that made the series what it is. But that's just my take on it.
A very enjoyable movie with a very emotional payoff and ending when you see Paul's face superimposed onto his Brother's body in the last quarter mile race between Bryan and Dom. And has to be said, the CG was done so convincingly that only a real trained eye could tell that it wasn't Paul. But when you have WETA-Digital doing the work for that, then it comes as no surprise why it looked so photo-real. These are the same people that gave us Avatar, the current Planet of the Apes series and Iron Man 3....which is one of the very saving graces of that flick.
If you haven't seen Fast 7 before then I do give a strong recommendation to give it a look. You won't be disappointed.
Fast 7 is available from Amazon
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