Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 Sep 2017)
Brief Synopsis – A ruthless former CIA agent wants revenge on the team for putting his brother in a coma.
My Take on it – I never expected to still be enjoying this franchise at film #7, but they do a wonderful job of upping the ante each time which helps make it work so well.
The choice of Jason Statham as the villain is a superb one and his character is perfectly ruthless.
He is truly the best villain in the entire series even eclipsing his “brother” from the previous installment.
This, along with his ingenuity helps raise the stakes even higher in this installment.
Loved seeing the team back together while trying to keep things going despite the stakes getting higher and higher as the plot moves along.
They once again do an amazing job with the action scenes and their love for defying gravity makes some of those scenes both breathtaking and ludicrous at the same time.
The addition of the mysterious character played by Kurt Russel was a nice choice because he helps add a bit of levity to such a somber installment.
This film gives a fitting farewell following the real life death of actor Paul Walker.
This is all accentuated by the song at the end which brought me to tears.
Listen to it here:
Bottom Line – Statham is easily the best villain of the franchise and he brings his best to this role. His ruthlessness and ingenuity works really well here and gives us more of a reason to follow this storyline. Great having the team work together again especially when they raise the stakes of it all. The action scenes are once again amazing to watch and the way they love to defy gravity is both superb and ludicrous at the same time. Russell’s mysterious character helps move things along in a somewhat lighter way. Very fitting farewell to Walker which is accentuated by the song at the end. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Production on the film was halted on December 1, 2013 following the tragic death of Paul Walker, who was killed in a car crash on November 30, 2013. Shooting had been underway in Atlanta and the film was scheduled to be released on July 11, 2014. Director James Wan and Universal executives held a conference call to determine how to proceed with the production in a manner respectful to Walker’s memory. Walker was nearly halfway through filming at the time of his death. Although there was some consideration about scrapping the film altogether, the film eventually resumed productions following rewrites to address Walker’s absence and give his character a proper send-off. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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