13 September 2015 | leonblackwood
Amazing action and decent storyline! 8/10
Review: WOW! What an epic action extravaganza! This movie was shockingly brilliant because of the unique stunts and decent storyline. Don't get me wrong, it is extremely corny in parts and the one-liners are pretty awful but the action scenes were out of this world. Anyway, the movie is about an assassin (Jason Statham) who is looking to take out the Fast & Furious team because they put his brother in a critically ill state in the previous movie in this franchise. After losing one of there team members to the assassin near the end of the sixth movie, they soon realise that there life's are in danger after a bomb explodes outside Paul Walkers family home. Dwayne Johnson also crosses the assassin in his office were he was looking for the names of the people who put his brother in hospital but the assassin came prepared and ended up hospitalizing the Rock, which put him out of action for most of this movie. This is when Kurt Russell enters the movie and offers Diesel a deal to take out the assassin who is ruining everyone's life's. The deal is to retrieve a unique tracking piece of technology from some terrorists, so they can track Statham down and take him out. The only problem is that the device is under high security so the team put a plan together which sends them around the world. The storyline was very well put together and the directors attention to detail was great. The amazing cars and stunts made this movie the 5th biggest movie of all time and I must admit, it is well deserved. You can definitely tell were the budget went whilst watching the film, especially when there in Abu Dhabi, crashing through buildings and blowing up expensive cars and the fighting scenes were truly a joy to watch. The ending nearly brought a tear to my eye because of the tribute to Paul Walker who died whilst making the movie but the director cleverly used all of the footage that he had of Walker so it seems like he's in the film from the beginning to the end. Anyway, this has to be one of the best films that I have seen this year because of the amazing action scenes and the great cast. Brilliant!
Round-Up: I'm very surprised that this movie didn't cost more money to make because of the long action scenes which are put together brilliantly by the young director, James Wan. He was a weird choice to direct this movie because he has mostly worked on horror movies like the Insidious franchise, Saw, the Conjuring, which did scare me, Dead Silence and Death Sentence with Kevin Bacon. He really did bring something fresh to the Fast & Furious franchise which has made it one of biggest films of all time but the sad death of Paul Walker might bring a end to this profitable franchise. Paul Walker, 40, really became a household name after starring in the Fast and Furious movies but he had a couple of big screen successes like Into the Blue, Eight Below, Running Scared, Noel, Takers and Hours but none of these movies really pushed him to stardom. His great chemistry with Vin Diesel made the franchise what it is today, even though he was the quiet one of the bunch but he brought some emotion and the "Family" concept to the team which will be truly missed. Vin Diesel, 48, has really cut down his workload recently after starring in the successful Riddick in 2003 and voicing Groot in the Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014 but he hasn't released anything since. He does have another xXx and another Guardians of the Galaxy movie coming out next year some time and he'll be kicking of the Last Witch Hunter franchise this year so he's been keeping himself busy. Anyway, Kurt Russell and Jason Statham were excellent additions to the cast and I much prefer Statham as a baddie. I didn't quite understand what happened to Kurt Russell's character or why the special force team didn't help them towards the end but thats just me being picky. It is rumoured that there is going to be an 8th movie in this franchise, coming out in 2017 but anything can happen between now and then.
Budget: $190million Worldwide Gross: $1.5Billion
I recommend this movie to people who are into their action/crime/thrillers about the Fast & Furious team being hunted by a assassin after taking out his brother in the previous movie. 8/10