Perhaps the most explosive of the many movie trailers that dropped during Super Bowl 49, was the minute long monster spot for James Wan’s Furious 7. The usual suspects are all there, including Vin Diesel, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Tyrese Gibson and of course the late Paul Walker. Joining the cast as the latest big name bad guy is Jason Statham, who will take on the role of Deckard Shaw, a mercenary hell bent on revenge against the group that killed his brother Owen in the previous installment (we see the beginning of Deckard’s rampage after the credits in the last film). Based on this trailer, it’s safe to say that the franchise that continues to get more insane every go round is looking to ramp it up yet another notch, with parachuting cars, cliff’s edge drifting and some skyscraper to skyscraper long jumps in a particularly stylish red sports car.
The Fast & Furious franchise has had it’s ups and downs. It began with a couple highly popular films, before delving into the horrific “Tokyo Drift” and awful special effect filled “Fast & Furious”. But they soon bounced back by ramping up the budget and star power, adding The Rock, for Fast Five, and haven’t looked back since. As a fan of good acting and more plot driven film making, even I can’t deny the entertainment value of the past couple efforts, and after seeing some of what’s in store with Furious 7, I’m anxious to see this one on the big screen.
One of the big questions on everybody’s mind is of course how the film will finish off the story of Brian O’Conner, following the tragic death of star Paul Walker. Initially, the film was in question, but in the months since we’ve learned of course that the film will seek to retire Walker’s character in style, pulling him from future entries. They recruited his two brothers, Cody and Caleb Walker, who look pretty similar in both body and face, to complete any unfinished scenes, and will likely be touched up with a little CGI. It’s a nice tribute to the actor, and regardless of how effective it turns out to be, there won’t be any criticism on the decision from us. We’d imagine Walker would have wanted his part in the franchise he started to be capped off the way it was written, or as close as possible.
Furious 7, and all of it’s over the top action, will hit cinema screens on April 3rd!