Thoughts on Furious 7

For those that have been following the Fast & Furious franchise since the debut of their first film in 2001, the 7th installment was released last Friday. Once again, familiar faces from past films reunite for another mission. There’s also a handful of celebrity cameos. And like any Fast & Furious movie, there’s lots of action sequences and, of course, cars. I don’t plan on dropping any spoilers for anyone who still has yet to watch it, but hopefully you won’t be disappointed. Some fans have noticed that F&F has evolved its focus from racing cars to the importance of family, and that because of this, it’s begun to lose its edge. I overheard a discussion about the movie yesterday morning over the radio. One of the hosts said that the movie “sucked”, again noting a loss in its appeal. However, a listener said it best when they mentioned that regardless of how the films’ reception has fluctuated and proven said changes over the years, once you’ve become a fan, you’ll always remain one. I consider myself that, despite skipping out on watching Tokyo Drift. Die hard fan or not, if you’ve watched the movies, I recommend that you see this one. With the sudden and tragic loss of Paul Walker in 2013, Furious 7 pays an emotional and fitting farewell to one of their own near the end. I saw the movie last week and the video for the music played during the tribute, which gets to me every time.

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