Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Paul Walker and Ludacris in a still shot from the movie Fast & Furious 7.

James Wan directs Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson in Fast & Furious 7 available to rent on BoxOffice.

Fast & Furious 7 is the most over-the-top, outrageous, far-fetched, action-packed Fast & Furious movie to date. It makes no attempts whatsoever to suspend any disbelief and at times had me screaming at my screen.

 

The Fast & Furious franchise has changed dramatically from the first movie. Initially, it was all about fast cars and the underground street racing culture. But interest waned in fast cars adorned with neon lights, massive boot spoilers and NOS injectors so the producers went for broke and mashed it up into what can only be described as Mission Impossible meets Die Hard.

But you know what? I actually kind of like it.

You’d think after six films they’d throw in the towel and give up. How do you find something new to show audiences who have seen it all?Somehow the producers manage to consistently put together movies that are a bundle of fun to watch, regardless of how unbelievably outrageous they are. It’s very similar to the Saw and Mission Impossible franchises, and even the Insidious franchise for that matter: they're all completely insane movies but always delivering on their mandate.

(Incidentally, Furious 7’s director, James Wan, also directed the original Saw movie and the two Insidious movies so the pedigree is pretty good).

So, is Fast & Furious 7 worth your R30 on BoxOffice?

If you’re a fan of wall-to-wall action and sit-back-and-enjoy popcorn entertainment, this is the movie you’re looking for.

If you’ll remember back to Furious 6, there was pre-credits scene where a new character, Deckard Shaw (played by Jason Statham), makes his presence known to Toretto (Vin Diesel) saying that he’s coming to exact revenge for putting his brother Owen Shaw (the villain from Furious 6) in a coma.

He starts messing with Toretto’s friends and family, planting bombs, hacking computers, and just causing general chaos and disorder in the lives of the Furious crew.

One incident hits a little too close to home sending Toretto and Brian (Paul Walker) over the edge and off in a frothy looking for this new mystery villain. But this ex-assassin is more than just two burly men can handle.

In one of their failed attempts to find and “have a civil conversation” with Shaw, Toretto is approached by “Mr. Nobody” (Kurt Russell) who offers the services of his elite security force to help apprehend Shaw in exchange for a valuable piece of tech. 

Toretto steals and delivers the tech, and he gets an army of hired guns. Fair trade.

Furious 7 is a rollercoaster of action, high-octane stunts, fast cars, guns, corny one-liners, guns, cars, did I mention guns and cars? 

Suspend all disbelief and take Furious 7 for what it is - because this movie does not take itself seriously and neither should you.  But it is a lot of fun to watch, even if only to shake your head and be amazed that people can even think this stuff up.

One glaringly obvious thing in Furious 7 is that this is the last Furious movie that Paul Walker acted in before his tragic death and this is obviously covered with a very moving tribute at the end of the movie from Vin Diesel – spoken not as Toretto, but as a real-life friend.

After about two hours of "OMGWHATTHEHELLISGOINGON!", have a tissue handy. Even this poor sucker with nerves of steel got a lump in his throat.

Fast & Furious 7 is available to rent on BoxOffice now.