This is normally where I share the basic concept of the movie. Well, If you are unfamiliar with the Fast and Furious franchise, I am not sure there is much hope. There are tons of reasons to see the movie, the fancy cars (find a list of the cars used here), the action scenes, the pretty ladies, however you already know the biggest reason you want to see this right away… ‘For Paul.’ To continue or not was a decision the cast and crew had to make when the late actor passed away in a tragic accident. From what we know, they want the film to be a memorial to the late actor, and while with a few tough scenes throughout the movie as reminders of what happened in the real world, they did it right. Here is a video with a few words from Vin Diesel.
This movie is action packed with everything you could ask for from the great franchise. We revisit Race Wars and the Toretto house, as well as get to see a few old friends from the past. Not to give anything away but you already know them, the one character can’t even pronounce his own last name and the other character didn’t really fit in to start with but now does. Do you remember now? We get to witness blockbuster / crazy action scenes. Everything from cars jumping (driving?) out of planes, to driving a 3.4 MILLION dollar Lykan Hypersport from building to building. Yes, you read that right.
The cast play some of their best roles as Tyrese Gibson and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges are a must have as they bring humor and laughs which helps take your mind off the fact that Paul Walker wasn’t actually able to finish the movie. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson does Hobbs like no one else could. Hobbs fit right into this ‘family’, when not in a bulletproof tank or truck, he is standing strong and carrying a big gun. Dom and Letty have a few off scene issues they are working on from the past two former movies. The villain in this one is played by Jason Statham, who plays Deckard Shaw the brother of Owen Shaw (Luke Evans). As you should remember Owen was the villain in Fast 6. We get to see Kurt Russell back on the big screen as well as Ronda Rousey.
Paul Walker’s death during the middle of filming caused delays as the studio had to figured out how to continue. The solution they came up with was to use as much of Walker’s footage as possible, while also splicing in footage and voice recordings from Walker’s brothers, Caleb and Cody, and actor John Brotherton. The result is nearly seamless. The film did it spot on and Walker is very much present in every way possible. There is a great tribute at the end that will bring both a smile and a tear to your face. RIP Paul Walker