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My review of FURIOUS 7

April 4, 2015

FAST FIVE is still the best in the series. FURIOUS 7 was okay, but again, my main complaint is the same as always: Pull the camera back, slow down the action, and keep the damn camera still. There are some cool and ridiculous things going on in the ways of stunt-work  and whatnot, but too much of it is muddied up with CGI, which only helps make it more difficult to see exactly what the heck is going on. I can’t hit on this point nearly enough. When Jason Statham fights The Rock, I want to be able to actually SEE what’s going on. When Jason Statham fights Vin Diesel, I want to actually see them fight, not a bunch of shaky, superfast camera edits. When Tony Jaa is edited in a way that makes him seem not nearly as incredible as he is, you’ve done something wrong. But okay, enough of that. It’s still mindless fun. Not much of it will stick with you after the movie is over, except maybe the cars falling from the plane, The Rock ripping off his cast and strolling down the street with a ginormous machine gun, Kurt Russell being a badass, the tribute to Paul Walker, and the gorgeous Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei from Game of Thrones) exiting the water. One more thing, I don’t know if it would be considered suspenseful or not, but every time Paul Walker was onscreen I wondered if that was the scene in which his character was going to die. It’s a rather morbid thought, but I couldn’t help think it. I will not spoil anything regarding Paul Walker. FURIOUS 7 a big, stupid dose of brain-dead moviemaking. Enjoy it while it lasts. You may not remember much of it later.

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