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Furious 7

Furious 7
Starring:
 Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Jason Statham, Kurt Russell and Djimon Hounsou


Rated: PG-13 for prolonged frenetic sequences of violence, action and mayhem, suggestive content and brief strong language.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: April 7, 2015 Released by: Universal Studios, Inc.

We've come to expect thrilling, crazy action from the Furious franchise and this newest film does not disappoint.  In fact, this outrageous stunt-a-thon has real cars parachuting out of the back of a cargo plane, and Paul Walker's character running up a bus that's hanging over a Colorado cliff just before it falls over, and what's more unbelievable, is that many of the jaw-dropping stunts are not CGI.
 
Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez and Tyrese Gibson (who provides some comic relief) return, joined by Jason Statham, who plays the ultimate bad guy.  The plot is overly complicated with Deckard Shaw (Statham) out for revenge over the crew being responsible for paralyzing his brother (the villain from the last film),  being asked by a government agent (Kurt Russell) to retrieve a valuable tracking device, dealing with a high-tech killer (Djimon Hounsou) and saving a kidnapped hacker.  However, the plot isn't important, nor is the silly dialogue or the acting - we're buying tickets to see the action, and it's non-stop, high energy and tons of fun.
      
From Colorado to Los Angeles to Abu Dhabi (where a car flies through the air from one skyscraper to another) there's no down time.  Each film seems to pack in more than its predecessor, and I can hardly wait for #8.
 
There's a real sadness in watching Paul Walker, who died in an off-set car accident during filming. For a film dedicated to crashes and mayhem, the tribute to him is unexpectedly well done and very moving. 
 
Furious 7 has more car crashes than you can count, more stunts, more fights, and more car chases all rolled into 2+ hours.  Director James Wan, stunt coordinator Jack Gill and stunt unit director Spiro Razatos really outdid themselves and the fans will get exactly what they're looking for - and more!

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