Fast & Furious series now has a huge fan following and is a case study among Hollywood films especially on how to expand your markets and target audience. Even though I have enjoyed only 2 parts in the series, the fifth and the first part, Fast and Furious franchise has been a guilty pleasure, which has overstayed its welcome.
Like in the previous films Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, and Paul Walker gather along their crew and go on a mission around the world. This time they have to find….. wait it does not really matter what they have to find. It is how they do it. So we have action sequences which involves cars jumping from planes, crashing into towers, drones and much more.
Only this time, I winced once or twice when two cars crash, because in real life we know nobody escapes unhurt. One of my favourite scenes in the movie is when Paul walks on the roof of a bus, we want him to be alive-that is the magic of cinema as I felt suspension of belief for that moment.
The film’s action set pieces become boring after a time with no thrills, with climax fight between Vin Diesel and Jason Statham being one of the low points compared to the action combat scene between Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham which is one of the highlights of the film. One thing I missed in the film is Dwayne Johnson, he brought a freshness and charm to the film franchise, which is missing in this film as he is out of the film for most time, and whenever he comes on screen the film is fun to watch.
Once again the film moves to quite a few places across the Globe including Los Angeles, Tokyo , Dominican Republic and Abu Dhabi. It is sad to see a popular Asian action star like Tony Jaa relegated to a side kick’s role and he hardly gets noticed, despite featuring in two good fights. The film also features our own Ali Fazal who even with a limited screen time is well noticed. Fast & Furious 7 will mainly be remembered for being Paul Walker’s swan song & in that respect director James Wan and the producers have handled his departure from the franchise with a lot of grace and dignity.
Fast and Furious makers have mastered the art of serving us films which are silly yet enjoyable to an extent, it is like those pastries which we all love to eat, but know that it is not good for us. The latest film in the franchise is no exception to this trend, it does have its moments which capture our attention. And despite a wafer-thin plot the film still manages to engage us to a considerable extent.
No one ever had imagined when first Fast and Furious came, it would be such a big franchise, and it has grown bigger in terms of budget and fans. The Fast & Furious series is not only about cars and girls, but also about bromance, which I feel has worked with its core fans.
Coming to the magic of Cinema, it is heartening to see that a film can provide Paul Walker with a happy ending which real life could not provide him.