Easter Weekend is here, and what better way to spend time with family and enjoy the blossoming of spring with some KICK@$$ ACTION! We’re of course talking about Furious 7, the latest entry in the explosive film series that features fast cars, things that go boom, and some of the most talented action stars in the industry. While many of the series’ mainstays like Director Justin Lin and Paul Walker weren’t able to participate in the whole film, it still promises to be the finest and most furious film yet.
Furious 7 essentially picks up where Fast & Furious 6 and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift left off, after Han was killed in a car crash by the mysterious Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham). Deckard Shaw is the brother of Owen Shaw, who Dom (Vin Diesel) previously threw out of a plane. Needless to say, Deckard is dead set on revenge, but Dom, Brian (Paul Walker), Mia (Jordana Brewster), Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Tej (Ludacris), and Roman (Tyrese Gibson) want some vengeance of their own. So does Agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), who is put in the hospital when Shaw breaks in to DSS. Shaw is almost taken out when he appears at Han’s funeral, but Dom is stopped by a black ops team lead by Frank Petty (Kurt Russell). The commander offers his assistance in taking down Shaw if the gang helps him retrieve a powerful computer program stolen by Shaw’s allies. With their lives on the line and the odds stacked against them, the crew will have to pull out all the stops in order to survive and protect the world.
Before we talk about who’s missing from the regular lineup of stars normally associated with the Fast & Furious films, let’s talk about some of the new stars you’ll see in the film. First up is the talented Djimon Hounsou, who plays the man in search of the aforementioned computer program and Shaw’s ally, Jakande. Hounsou is a terrific actor you might recognize from The Gladiator, Blood Diamond, and most recently Guardians of the Galaxy. Playing his henchman Kiet and making his first Hollywood film debut is insanely acrobatic Muay Thai master, Tony Jaa (Ong Bak, Tom-Yum-Goong). Another expert heavy-hitter who you might recognize is MMA and judoka powerhouse Ronda Rousey, although her role in the film is much smaller. The lovely Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones) co-stars as Megan Ramsey, the creator of the much sought after computer program. Making a return appearance as Sean Boswell from Tokyo Drift is Lucas Black who, as Han’s friend, delivers his effects to Dom. Black recently signed on for three more Furious pictures, so audiences will be seeing a lot more of him. Iggy Azalea has a small cameo in a scene with Letty, but blink and you’ll miss her. And, as we mentioned above, Kurt Russell joins the cast in a small role to add some classic action cred to the film.
Furious 7 marks the departure of Justin Lin, who directed films 3-6 and is responsible for reviving the franchise after Tokyo Drift. However, his replacement is certainly no slouch and has plenty of experience directing thrilling action sequences: Creator of Saw and mastermind of the Insidious and The Conjuring franchises, James Wan. Despite a change in directors, Furious 7 retains the high octane and visually stunning action sequences that fans of the series have grown to love. However, the biggest loss to the cast and crew was Paul Walker, who had become as beloved by audiences as the actors who worked with him. Even though Wan hadn’t worked with Walker before, there are many moments in the film where the cast is visibly distraught and serve as touching tributes (when Dom and Letty are standing in front of her “grave” in the film, it’s actually Walker’s). While many scoffed at the idea of Walker’s brothers and CGI being used to finish his scenes for the film, audiences will scarcely be able to tell the difference in his uncompleted scenes. And fans can rest assured that the film’s ending is fitting and emotional send off for the popular actor.
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