Tuesday, April 14, 2015

"Furious Seven" is genre stuff, but spectacular

Furious Seven” (or “Furious 7”), the latest of the genre action franchise by James Wan, does take the car racing effects to new levels, with a reasonably contemporary plot.

The late Paul Walker, as Brian O’Connor (he rather resembles Bradley Cooper) and Dominic (Vin Diesel) and others (Michelle Rodriquez) team up to fight master terrorist and old enemy with a personal grudge, Deckard Shaw (Jason Stratham), by triangulating against a super hacker Ramsey, who could make conventional tracking of any terrorist obsolete with a worm called “God’s Eye”.

The first act of the film starts in LA, with a side trip to the Dominican Republic, before moving the Caucus Mountains in the former Soviet Union (actually Colorado), and then to Abu Dhabi, and finally back to LA.

The mountain chase scenes, involving a bus, were creative enough, but the best was the “drive through” of three condos through the air in Abu Dhabi, as well as a sequences with drones in LA tunnels.  I wondered, is alcohol allowed in the UAE only for rich people?
The best line in the film is from Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) who says, “I don’t have friends, I have family.”

The official site is here  (Universal and MRC).

I saw the film at Regal Ballston Common in Arlington VA before a small weeknight audience.

Wikipedia attribution link for Etihad and West Corniche Towers and other skyscrapers in Abu Dhabi. The film needed a trio of similar buildings;  the Burj in Dubai alone wouldn’t have sufficed.  Photo is by FritzDaCat, used under Creative Commons Share Alike 3.0 license.

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