Ever since his untimely and tragic death on Nov. 30th, 2013 with his friend and business partner, Roger Rodas in Venice, California, we all have been eagerly waiting to see how Paul Walker would be phased out of the Fast and the Furious franchise.After almost waiting for a year and a half, all of our concerns were laid to rest in the most beautiful way at the end of Furious 7, which debuted worldwide on April 3rd.
If you haven’t seen the movie already, I would recommend that you do so because this is by far the best movie in the franchise and a lot of spoilers throughout the article. So, basically, I do not want be held responsible for ruining the thrill of Furious 7 for you.
Furious 7 opens in the usual and dramatic Fast and Furious style. After the opening title sequences, we are introduced to Dekard Shaw, Owen Shaw’s older brother, played by Jason Statham, is seen at the window of a room in a London hospital where Owen Shaw is recovering from the injuries he suffered at the end of Furious 6.
As the camera pans out, you get a glimpse of the terrified doctor and nurse, who are responsible for bringing Owen Shaw back to health. Then, as Dekard leaves the room after promising his younger brother that he will take revenge against Dominic Toretto and his entire crew, you see all the amazing carnage and destruction which can only be accomplished by a bad guy in the Furious franchise.
For those who have already seen the movie over the Easter weekend, you know what happens next and for those who haven’t and have read this far in this article, don’t worry, I am not going to sit here and type out the rest of the two hours and six minutes of the movie in this article.
Before I go any further in this article, I want to take the moment and share with you guys (and gals) out there how much of an emotional roller coaster this movie was when compared to all of its predecessors. At the beginning, I was tense, later, I found myself laughing. Then, in the middle, I was angry and slightly nervous. At the end, I mean especially during the last four minutes of the movie, I found myself crying inside and to be honest, it would be a bit odd and weird to see a grown man crying in a theater, so yeah, it was an emotional roller coaster like I had never experienced before and with that being said, lets continue with the rest of article, shall we?
The most interesting and hilarious part of the movie for me was seeing Brian drive a Chrysler minivan instead of a high-powered Supra or a Skyline GT-R. Safe to say, Brian was having a hard time getting used to the not so fast and furious life, but life as a husband and a father.
But all of this changes when Dekard Shaw blows up the famous 1327 Toretto family home. After killing Han in Tokyo, Dekard sends a package from Japan to Dom’s home, which is filled with a lot of explosives. I mean, the package contained enough explosives to completely rip apart the entire front half of the family home.
But the good news in this situation was that the 1970 Dodge Charger was not damaged whatsoever as the explosion failed to destroy the side garage where the car was parked, so look for that car later in the movie doing something really awesome.
The rest of the movie featured the usual ingredients of hot women, exotic locations, big guns, bald guys, dramatic fights, and most important of all, fast cars, which we are expecting to see in all Fast and Furious movies.
In the seventh installation of the movie franchise, we are introduced to a lot of new and some familiar faces from the previous movies. After Jason Statham, we were introduced to Tony Jaa, Kurt Russell, Iggy Azalea, Nathalie Ennanuel and Djimon Hounsou. Aside from the main cast, we are once again introduced to Lucas Black, Bow Wow, Gal Gadot, Sung Kang, and Nathalie Kelley from Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift.
For me, the most exciting part of the movie was at the middle where the cast jump off a cargo plane in their cars and later Brian running across a falling bus and barely grabbing the rear bumper bar o Letty’s Dodge Challenger SRT8. Soon after this scene, we witness the crew arriving in Abu Dhabi in some of the most exotic cars ever seen in the movie franchise. Spoiler alert, Roman Pierce was driving a white Bugatti Veyron Supersport, I mean a freaking Bugatti!
I am not going to further elaborate what happens next in Abu Dhabi, but if you have seen the movie, you know how exciting it was and how you (and me included) were sitting at the edge of the seat holding on to the side bars. If you haven’t seen the movie, then stop reading this and see the movie, it is worth every penny you spend buying the ticket, trust me!
After more chases, fights, explosions and the eventual death of Dekard Shaw and Djimon Hounsou’s character, we reach the end of the movie and the part most of us were eagerly anticipating to see since November 30th 2013, which is the final scene of Paul Walker (or rather of his CGI self on his brothers, Caleb and Cody’s bodies) in the Fast and Furious franchise.
For a movie filled with manly stuff like car crashes, fist fighting, guns firing and girls brawling, the ending and tribute to Paul Walker was really simple, classy and elegant. There were no over the top send off to Brian O’Connor as most of us had expected. Instead, it was a clam scene at a beach with Dom, Letty, Tej, Roman and Ramsey looked on as Brian, Mia and Jack played in the ocean waves.
Later, Dom gets up and begins to leave without saying anything to Brian and when Ramsey asks “Aren’t you going to say goodbye?“, Dom says “never a goodbye” and drives off, leaving the rest of the crew behind.
Next we see Dom driving a brushed metal 1979 Dodge Charger on a two lane highway somewhere in California while Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s See You Again plays in the background. While Dom is remembering the past at an intersection, Brian drives up next to him in his white Toyota Supra Mark IV and asks “thought you could leave without saying goodbye?” and gives his trademark grin, to which Dom looks back and the video montage of Paul Walker begins and right at this moment, I realized that this was the end to the best onscreen brotherly relationships in the franchise’s history.
After the small video montage, we see Brian and Dom peel off for their “one last ride” and as the background music comes to an end, we see Brian peel off to the left at a fork while Dom drives off on the original road. As Brian rides off into the sunset, we see the camera pan towards the sky and when the screen goes white, we see “For Paul” before the end titles begin to roll.
Overall, Furious 7 is by far the best installment in the franchise’s history. On a scale of 1 to 10, I will easily give it a 9. Sure, there were some flaws, but who cares?, movies can never be perfect. But, after waiting for almost a year and a half, I believe it was well worth the wait and to have the opportunity to see Paul for the last time on the big screen was really satisfying. So, if you can and have the means to do so, see it again. However, if you have made it to this point of the article and still have not seen the movie, then I have no idea what else to do now, so, sorry.
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