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The seventh movie in the “Fast And Furious” series has Vin Diesel’s and Paul Walker’s crew under attack by Jason Statham, who plays the brother of the main bad guy that Diesel and Walker took down in the previous movie.  “Furious 7” opens with Statham leaving the hospital where his brother is in a coma; a hospital that Statham destroyed single handed, with bodies of special response team police lying dead and wounded.  This is a clue that we’re in for a violent, outrageous, ridiculous, extremely unrealistic, and entertaining movie.

Deciding to take the fight to this shadowy assassin/gangster/terrorist, the fast and furious crew travel the world to find and put a world of hurt to Statham.  But there is another part to this story: there is something called God’s Eye, which allows the user to usurp tech devices that have cameras and GPS to find anyone anywhere.  Statham has it, the CIA wants it, and the CIA is willing to help the fast and furious crew find Statham in return for retrieving the God’s Eye.   Game on.

One of my memorable, movie moments is the scene when mixed martial arts champion Rowdy Ronda Rousey fights Michelle Rodriguez.  Completely unbelievable, as Rodriguez’s character lasts for a few minutes against Rousey, and the fight was a draw.  I love Rousey, and I enjoy anything she’s in!

Another of my memorable moments of this movie is the scene when Dwayne Johnson is carrying a mini-gun ripped from a Predator drone and fires thousands of rounds at bad guys.  The problem is…based on the feeding belt that was attached to the mini-gun, it only had a couple of hundred rounds left.  Military advisers?  We don’t need no stinkin’ military advisers!  Oh, yes you do, director James Wan, yes you do.  But then again, “Furious 7” is basically a live-action cartoon, and not to be taken too seriously.

My most memorable, movie moment of “Furious 7” is the final scene.   SPOILER ALERT here, albeit not much of a spoiler as it is shown in the music video “See You Again.”  Walker and Diesel, each in his own car, say their final goodbyes, and they drive off, taking different paths.  The camera follows Walker’s white Toyota Supra, and pans upwards into the heavens.

Paul Walker, I’ve enjoyed your movies; and from what I’ve read, you were a good person.  May you be happy and at peace, surrounded by friends and relatives who have gone before you.

— M

The fifth of the “Fast And The Furious” movies takes us to Brazil where Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster and other franchise alumni are hiding out from the long arm of the U.S. law.  Money is tight, so Diesel’s crew decides to hijack sports cars that have been seized by U.S. Federal agents.  These cars were owned by the most powerful, Brazilian crime lord; and he hires Diesel and his gang to get his cars back, not because the crime lord is a fan of cars, but because one of the vehicles contains important information about his criminal business.   Unfortunately for Diesel and his crew, the crime lord is set to turn on them after the job is done.  Further adding to the misfortune of the fugitives, some of the Feds were killed by the crime lord’s thugs, and Diesel and Walker are blamed for the killings; and a super duper Fed played by The Rock and his crew of compression shirt-wearing agents are sent to bring them down.

One silver lining of the botched hijacking: Diesel has the special car with the important info; and he decides to use that info to rob the crime lord of all his cash.  But Diesel is going to need help with this huge robbery, so he and Walker bring to Brazil a larger crew comprised of major characters from the previous “Fast And The Furious” movies.   There’s Ludacris, whose acting ability is ludicrous; there’s Tyrese Gibson, whose teeth are the whitest in the movie business; (SPOILER ALERT HERE) there’s the Asian dude (Sung Kang) who died in the 3rd movie of the franchise (“The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift”), but is still alive in the 4th and 5th movie.  Huh?  Well, apparently the 5th movie takes place in the past, before movie number 3.  Anyway, I’m glad the Asian dude is around in movies 4 and 5, because he was the coolest character in the 3rd movie.   Plus he’s Asian, and us yellow people need to stick together.

“Fast Five” gives its target audience what it wants: cool, fast cars; illegal night races where women are half-naked and do not look like Rosie O’Donnell; gunfights; fistfights; and cars at WOT (that’s wide open throttle to you non-car folks) doing outrageous stunts.  Fans won’t be disappointed.  And if they are, it’s because certain cars that they wanted to see were not in the movie.

My most memorable, movie moment of “Fast Five” is the scene when Diesel makes a toast as his crew (one of whom is his pregnant sister) surrounds him.  He tells them that money comes and goes, but family is the most important thing.  Diesel isn’t just talking about blood relation, he also means close friends, ones you trust and love and can count on when things are going badly.

Damn right.  In my moments of sorrow, it’s the knowledge that I have relatives and best friends who care for me that gives me the strength to force the darkness out of my heart.

M

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