Posted by: greercn | April 7, 2015

Furious 7

Cars chase, buildings blow up and gorgeous people race between beautiful places.

You don’t watch these films for plot, dialogue or depth, do you?

I love the “Fast and Furious” franchise but I accept its visual merits act as a drug-free high. You just get whooshed along from set piece to set piece.

For fans asking how the film deals with Paul Walker’s death, the answer is respectfully. Yes, I wasted a few minutes trying to spot the CGI and doubles here, but decided to just suspend disbelief and tag along for the ride.

In the opening scenes, lots of people are killed and a hospital is blown up. Jason Statham plays Deckard Shaw, the brother of the villain in “6” and he’s out for revenge.

Vin Diesel’s Dom character has always been at the heart of this series and he’s terrific.

A long side-plot centres on an all-seeing surveillance system called God’s Eye.

Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster are sidelined for much of this. Nathalie Emmanuel plays a new member of the family. Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Lucas Black and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson are all back.

Kurt Russell puts in a terrific turn but Djimon Honsou is under-used as a bad guy.

Director James Wan concentrates on the action and the stunts. It all moves very quickly through 137 action-packed minutes.

The very-full Stratford East Picturehouse audience all enjoyed it and I did too. Bring on “8”, please.

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