Furious Seven is the best in this franchise. Fresh. Crazy. Riveting. Cars parachuted from an airplane in a sequence that will raise your blood pressure. The team is back! Vin Diesel heads the charge. The sounds of the revving of engines, the double clutching, the down shifting, the brakes screeching become characters onto themselves and make you feel as though you are in the driver's seat. And some seat to be in. These men do it again. Original, imaginative, action scenes never before filmed.
And there is a tender tribute to Paul Walker (Brian O'Connor) at the end that is welcomed by the audience with deferential silence.
Vin Diesel (Dominic Torretto) leads the pack of mercenaries who take on Jason Strathan (Deckard Shaw) who is seeking revenge for the death of his brother. Shaw is killing Torretto's men one by one. Vin Diesel has sex appeal that is raw and refreshing while Jason Strathan has a polished, manicured tough guy look. The one two wallop of these refreshingly macho men keeps you on the edge of your denim as does the courage of Torretto's gang
Kurt Russell (Mr. Nobody) a shady government official contacts Torretto to help him retrieve God's Eye, a computer program that can turn technology into a weapon. A terrorist from Somalia, Jakande (Djimon Hounsou, is also trying to get God's Eye. A woman computer expert, Nathalie Emmanuel, (Ramsey) is the only hacker who can hack into God's Eye and she is held captive by Jakande. Mr. Nobody backs Torretto in his efforts to off killer Shaw, who is out to destroy Torretto's family. Mr. Nobody's deal is if Torretto will retrieve God's Eye for Mr. Nobody, he will give Toretto arms and technology to get Shaw. Dwayne Johnson (Hobbs), Michele Rodriguez (Letty), Tyrese Gibson (Roman), Ludicris (Taj), Elsa Pataky (Elena) Gal Gadot (Gisele), Lucas Black (Sean) round out the cast. Gibson and Ludicris add humor needed to play off the action sequences and Rodriguez is her usual brave, pit bull of a woman whose feisty nature charms. These actors engage in individual fights for survival which criss cross as the tension mounts.
Director James Wan triumphs with his masterful direction. The editing is terrific as Furious 7 is a series of stories with a big cast that is cut in such a way to keep you guessing and guessing as it spirals and builds into one huge thrill. Chris Morgan and Gary Thompson have written this with a gusto and spirit about characters you care about. This franchise has legs and can surely go on to Furious 8. But don't miss Furious 7 and decide for yourself.