Fast & Furious 7 review (Blu-ray)

OK, so we all know that we don't go to see The Fast and The Furious movies for edifying quality. We go to see them for a junkie thrill ride – and this latest instalment certainly delivers. Of course, the plot is irrelevant, the dialogue stinks, the camera shamelessly objectifies beautiful young women and the acting can best be described as rudimentary but Fast & Furious 7 boasts three distinctive action set pieces that are agreeably ludicrous and giddily enjoyable.

The first involves the team parachuting their cars on to a winding Azerbaijan road – yep, you read that right – and giving chase to an an armoured van that culminates in said van teetering over a cliff, with poor Walker hanging off it. The second, set in Abu Dhabi, climaxes with Walker and Diesel crashing through three high rise buildings as the brakes fail on the vehicle they're in while the final set piece takes place on the night-time streets of LA, where villain Hounsou's drone is taking aim at them all in their respective automobiles. These skirmishes are edited so frenetically that one sometimes doesn't quite know what is going on but it certainly gets the pulse racing pleasingly.

The main baddie isn't Hounsou though. That role falls to Statham, getting his revenge after the death of his brother from the previous entry, and indulging in energetic displays of violence against both Johnson and Diesel. A gorgeous new member of the team is Emmanuel, a sexy hacker whom the team have to rescue in order to get the whereabouts of Statham. But as I said, who cares about the plot? It rarely pauses to take a breath as it races to each destination and it all looks suitably glossy and stylish.

 

It doesn't end on a bang however, but with a touching tribute to the late Walker – my, didn't he look young in the first one – finishing on a satisfyingly rueful note. Truth be told, this latest entry in the franchise is surprisingly entertaining. Overall the series has been very uneven, but Furious 7 deserves a solid thumbs up.

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Stuart O'Connor is the Managing Editor of Screenjabber, the movie review website he co-founded with Neil Davey far too many years ago. He likes all genres, as long as the film is good (although he does enjoy the occasional bad "guilty pleasure"), and drinks way too much coffee.

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