Furious 7: Honoring the Memory of Paul Walker

Cast: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, and Tyrese Gibson. Director: James Wan.

(Warning: contains spoilers.)

James Wan takes on the huge task of directing the newest and probably the final installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise. With the last four movies being superbly directed by Justin Lin, it was a complicated task for Wan to create a film of such critical acclaim that could live up to the hype and praise of the first several movies. Despite popular belief that he would fail to live up to the expectations of the previous six movies, James Wan surely pulled it off.

Furious Seven is the seventh installment of the Fast and the Furious Franchise. The movie features Paul Walker as Brian O’Conner, a former FBI agent turned criminal and professional street racer; Vin Diesel as Dom Toretto, a former criminal and professional street racer; and Jason Statham as Deckard Shaw, a rogue Special Forces assassin seeking to avenge his comatose brother, Owen Shaw.

Paul Walker

Paul Walker

Footage was being filmed for the movie in 2013, but when Paul Walker tragically died in a car accident, the script had to be rewritten to have a different ending than was originally planned. To complete the filming, Paul Walker’s character was portrayed by his brothers, Cody and Caleb Walker.

There were several aspects of the film that caught my attention. Besides the constant action and the brilliant sound effects, what the Fast and Furious franchise really excels in making jaws drop and heads turn are no other than the cars. THE CARS. The cars were absolutely magnificent. It was such a shame that the Lykan Hypersport had to be destroyed. It was a truly beautiful car. As for the special effects, the sound effects really amplified the fight scenes and the crashes, which, in my opinion, made the movie better. The action scenes were also very well directed. There was an epic scene where Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson picked up the gun from a drone and carried it several miles to shoot down an enemy helicopter that was trying to kill Dom.

After seeing every single one of the movies in The Fast and the Furious Franchise, I have come to one sole conclusion: this movie clearly meets the standards set by the previous Furious films. In addition, Furious Seven was a great way to honor the memory of the late Paul Walker. I encourage you to go see the movie for yourself so you can see Paul Walker in his last moments on the big screen.

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