After a few years of living a normal life, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and the rest of the crew find themselves being hunted by English special forces assassin Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), the older brother of old foe Owen Shaw (Luke Evans). With Han (Sung Kang) killed in Tokyo and Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) hospitalized, Toretto and team are recruited by CIA operative Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell). Mr. Nobody sends them to save a hacker named Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel) from mercenary Jakande (Djimon Hounsou) and recover her high tech tracking system named “God’s Eye,” which can be used to find Shaw, before he finds them.
The Fast & Furious series has evolved so much over the years that it is now hard to comprehend that it all began as a film about an undercover police officer infiltrating the Los Angeles street racing circuit to locate a group of truck hijackers. While each of the films have continued to feature street racing, there has been an increased emphasis on over-the-top action and Furious 7 essentially completes the series’ transition into James Bond territory.
Jason Statham joins the cast as probably the toughest foe Dominic Toretto and crew have ever faced. Deckard Shaw is a hard guy to locate, though he will show up at the most unexpected times. Game of Thrones’ Nathalie Emmanuel also joins the cast as the hacker Ramsey, who developed a highly advanced tracking system, which is wanted by Djimon Hounsou’s secondary antagonist of Jakande. Then there’s Kurt Russell, who seems to be having fun as covert operative Mr. Nobody.
Furious 7 feature some of the most over-the-top action set pieces of the series, ranging from cliff-side car chases to epic-sized car jumps in Abu Dhabi. There is also plenty of hand-to-hand combat in the film, with Thai action star Tony Jaa, in his first English-speaking role, and MMA fighter Ronda Rousey making notable appearances in the film. The action all comes to a head in the series’ original locale of Los Angeles, as the crew goes for “one last ride.”
Furious 7 works around the tragic death of Paul Walker through the use of his brothers Caleb and Cody as stand-ins, as well as CGI, with the results being quite seamless, with there being only a few noticeable compositing shots in the film. In fact, emotions will run high, as the film pays tribute to Walker’s contributions to the series, including the simple pre-credit dedication of “For Paul.”