Review: Paul Walker is the epitome of ‘Furious 7’ success

This photo provided by Universal Pictures shows, from left, Tyrese Gibson as Roman, Michelle Rodriguez as Letty, Paul Walker as Brian, and Chris Ludacris as Tej, in a scene from "Furious 7." (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, Scott Garfield)
This photo provided by Universal Pictures shows, from left, Tyrese Gibson as Roman, Michelle Rodriguez as Letty, Paul Walker as Brian, and Chris Ludacris as Tej, in a scene from “Furious 7.” (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, Scott Garfield)
For the seventh time, the car racing gang is back for Universal Pictures’ ‘Furious 7’.  The movie, starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, and Tyrese, is about the team’s effort to kill a mischievous assassin.
‘Furious 7’ is 140 minutes of explosive action, fearless special effects, and true friendship. But, it is the film’s ending that musters up the sweetest icing on the cake– an emotional tribute to Paul Walker, who died late 2013.  Directed by James Wan, ‘Furious 7’ is by far the best way to commemorate the work Paul Walker contributed as a respected actor, father and philanthropist.

The box office was also explosive!  ‘Furious 7’ made history Easter weekend earning $143.6 million at the U.S. box office. The film ranks #9 on the Top 10 Biggest U.S. Opening Weekends list, making more history as the only movie that is not based off a comic book or novel.

The last thing to blow up was social media. Social media responded in the same way as the box office as millions of fans poured out tweets and posts of adoration using hashtag #ForPaul.
Ludacris, who released his eighth studio album days before the movie’s April 3rd release, even jumped in on the social media action. On April 4th, he posted this viral picture to his Instagram:

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It’s clear that the focus of the film’s seventh installment shifted from cool, fast car action scenes to a tasteful homage to the late, great Paul Walker. The ending was perfect- a tearful, sweet, soft reflection of all the work Paul Walker dedicated to the Fast and Furious series.

This review is written in the state of remorseful redemption. Previously, I blasted Paul Walker’s other posthumous film, Brick Mansions, for its bland plot and “straight-to-DVD feel”. https://newpittsburghcourieronline.com/2014/05/02/review-paul-walkers-last-full-movie-brick-mansions-is-a-dud/

And while I’m sticking to my guns, I have to admit that Paul Walker’s performance in ‘Furious 7’ is a testament to his invested acting career.

3.5 STARS

Merecedes J. Howze, Movie Scene Queen (Brian Cook/Golden Sky Media)
Merecedes J. Howze, Movie Scene Queen (Brian Cook/Golden Sky Media)

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