Furious 7

Late actor Paul Walker’s final appearance in the Fast and Furious franchise

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Released in the wake of star Paul Walker’s untimely death in a car crash, Furious 7 was always going to lay it on thick with the nostalgic montages and slap on the back, hug-it-out, ‘I’m gonna miss you, dog’ macho bonding. But for all that, the filmmakers can’t quite get around the fact that, over recent episodes, Walker’s boy-next-door ex-cop Brian had become something of a second-string player, neither as memorably menacing as Vin Diesel’s meat-necked anti-hero Dom or as quick with the kiss-off one-liners as Dwayne Johnson’s latecomer lawman, Hobbs.

And now he’s got another smart-mouth beefcake to contend with: Jason Statham, chomping down great chunks of scenery as Deckard Shaw, on the trail of our heroes after they hospitalised his brother in the previous movie. The chase takes them to Tokyo, the Dominican Republic, nearby Abu Dhabi, Azerbaijan (really?) and finally back to their home turf on the mean streets of LA for a final showdown packed with helicopters, drone strikes, wrench fights and more hot cars shots than Jeremy Clarkson’s hard drive.

If none of this is quite as blood-pumping as it ought to be, that is largely down to director James Wan’s decision to shoot every automotive action sequence in such juddery, relentless close-up that it’s often impossible to tell what’s going on. The effect can be like having your face shoved into a fan belt, and not necessarily in a good way. But the face-to-face punch-ups are a lot more fun – the Statham-Johnson smack down resembles nothing more than two shaved pit bulls in a tumble dryer – and the sheer sense of punch-the-air joie de vivre is impossibly infectious.

بقلم Tom Huddleston
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تفاصيل:

  • مدة الفيلم: ساعتين و 17 دقيقة
  • تاريخ الإصدار: 04 أبريل , 2018
  • التصنيف: PG15
  • النوع: حركة, جريمة, إثارة
  • اللغة: انجليزي
  • المخرج: James Wan
  • نجوم الفيلم: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson

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