DVD Movie Review | Fast & Furious 7 (Lights, Camera, Action!)

By Freda Cooper 06.09.2015 1

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Fast & Furious 7 (UK Rating: 12)

Having raked in the second highest takings around the world so far this year (over US$1.5 billion), Vin Diesel and co. make it number seven in the highly successful franchise, and it comes out on DVD this Monday, 7th September across the UK. Fast & Furious 7 is currently playing second fiddle to Jurassic World when it comes to box office takings, so chances are it will be fly off the shelves, but Lights, Camera, Action! finds that moving big cinema spectacle to the small screen doesn't always work, no matter how successful the film.
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The formula, of course, is much the same and there's no denying its success. This is lots of high-octane action, outrageously souped-up cars, explosions by the score, over-the-top stunts, and a few good fights thrown in, just for good measure, and that pretty much sums up Fast & Furious 7. There is a plot, although it's nearly incidental, and having seen number six or any of the others isn't essential as the film stands up on its own. In this instalment, the usual team is back together again, pursued by a vicious assassin (Jason Statham), looking to avenge his terrorist brother who is in a coma after being stopped by Dom (Vin Diesel). Diesel is just as keen to put away The Stath and gets his chance courtesy of a government operative, Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell). All he has to do is track down a computer programme called God's Eye, which can locate anybody on the planet. If only it were that easy!

It's a film that knows exactly what it is - a piece of glossy, action-filled entertainment - and has no pretentions to be anything else. When a film is that honest about itself, it encourages the audience to go with the stunt-filled flow. A sense of the ridiculous does help, though, because there's plenty of that as well: cars being parachuted out of a military aircraft, Diesel's immaculate white shirt never even getting smudged in his big fight with The Stath, and that's just for starters. It definitely doesn't take itself too seriously, which is probably just as well.

This is, however, also a film that was made very much for the big screen, with all the technical wizardry it can muster. Anything less is doing the movie, and its enormous teams of stunt people and CGI specialists, a disservice. To get the flavour of the original cinema experience would take a top end home entertainment set up, with a price tag to match. As it stands on DVD, the action sequences come fast and furious... but they don't hit the top of the spectacle scale. It isn't the film's fault, it's just the format.

With the emphasis very much on action, the acting is secondary to the point of being almost irrelevant, although Kurt Russell is enjoyably shady at Mr. Nobody, constantly ready with a crafty, cheeky wink, and looking like he was rather enjoying himself. That aside, there's more posing than acting, with Diesel long-sightedly squinting at anything or anybody who gets near him and Statham being...well...just Statham.

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Rated 6 out of 10


As a cinematic experience, Fast & Furious 7 would get a higher rating, but its move to DVD leaves behind much of its original impact and excitement. There is still plenty of action and outlandish cars but, for anybody who saw it on the big screen, this is very much second best, and for those who have not seen it before, it's entertaining but something of a let-down.

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42-inch screen, stereo system hooked up - this was fantastic from start to finish. It's definitely become 'Mission Impossible' but without as much gadgetry, which is why it felt fresh, despite many similar themes. There's a spark to the writing and directorial style now. 1-4, I've not watched because of their poor reputation and my lack of interest in car racing, I caught 5 by accident and loved it so much, and then 6 and 7 have just improved upon that!

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