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One year has passed since the dramatic events that brought Dom (Vin Diesel), Brian (Paul Walker) and their crew the long-awaited impunity. Now they all try to live something like a normal life. Dom tries to approach the alienated Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), while Brian does his best to give Mia (Jordana Brewster) and their son a quiet family life. Tej (Chris "Ludacris" Bridges) and Roman (Tyrese Gibson) enjoy their freedom in a completely different way. It almost seems as if the wild times for the crew are finally over. But then their past catches up with them. Because the cold-blooded Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) literally walks over dead bodies to take revenge on those who put his brother Owen (Luke Evans) into a coma. Agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) is at the top of the list. But Dom and his friends aren't safe from Shaw's revenge either. In order to track down the killer before he finds them, the crew has to get together again to grab the prototype of a novel surveillance program for the government. If they succeed, they can use this program to find Shaw. And so it goes for Dom, Brian, Tej, Roman and the others again behind the wheel and with all the available horsepower around the world - all for the safety of their big family...
The unexpected death of lead actor Paul Walker, who was still in full swing during the shooting in a car accident died, of course hangs like a heavy cloud oppressively over "Fast & Furious 7". There probably won't be a fan of the series who gets a queasy feeling in some of the scenes of the new movie of the enormously successful series. For the makers it was a difficult undertaking to finish the movie after Walker's death in such a way that his memory is appreciated, but the fans are still offered carefree entertainment with the usual amount of action and spectacular stunts. And by the way, the last film, the most successful part of the franchise to date, was to be topped in every respect.
Only two options remained under this pressure: either "Fast & Furious 7" becomes a completely overloaded, unbalanced chaos that wants too much and that's exactly why none of it really achieves anything. Or, however, director James Wan succeeds in delivering the best part of the series so far, true to the motto "Now more than ever". Even though this may not have been a great success dramaturgically, the movie is still closer to the second option than to the first one. He clearly benefits from the wise decision of the makers not to take a step back in action and fun after Walker's death out of misunderstood respect. Rather, the actor is more than dignifiedly bid farewell by offering his fans exactly what has made him so popular with this series. That he has been replaced by his brother and computer tricks in the scenes shot after his death can only be seen on closer inspection. James Wan and his team have succeeded very well in giving Paul Walker the farewell he and his film character Brian deserve.
But "Fast & Furious 7" is actually only a big Paul Walker farewell show at the end, when he is paid tribute with excerpts from the earlier films and a moving voice-over commentary by Dom alias Vin Diesel. But until then the movie is one thing above all else: a real action grenade. Of course, logic and the laws of gravity are lost after only a few moments. When Brian has to free himself from a bus that threatens to plunge into a deep abyss or when he and Dom crash through three skyscraper towers in Dubai in an extremely rare car, it's so unrestrainedly exaggerated that there probably wouldn't be anyone who would take it seriously. And that's a good thing. Because the "Fast & Furious" films have never been about depth, closeness to reality or ambition, but only about action, fun and lots of horsepower. And in this respect, Part 7 was actually able to put another scoop on it.
This is also due to the decision to hire Jason Statham as the villain. The "Transporter"-Star is simply great as a merciless killer and especially in the fight scenes he provides some real wow moments. But also Kurt "Die Klapperschlange" Russell is allowed to step on the gas again with 64. And also Tony Jaa ("Ong-bak") and the professional wrestler Ronda Rousey enrich the series with their martial arts immensely. And as befits a real "Fast & Furious" film, there's plenty of food for the eye in addition to the action: tuned cars, flashing chrome, bulging buttocks of attractive ladies and naked upper bodies of muscle-bound men. Who needs profound dialogues.
Although some action sequences are cut a bit too hectically and especially in the first third the whole "family is the most important" message is served a bit too much with penetrating pathos, "Fast & Furious 7" is still a great action flick with suspense, humor and mighty loud noise. The film offers the fans exactly what they want to see. And if you don't expect anything more than a material battle spiced up with a little self-irony, you simply can't get past a visit to the cinema. Absolutely worth seeing!
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