“The Fast and the Furious 7” honors Paul Walker’s legacy


Maggie Quesse, Contributing Writer

“The Fast and the Furious” has an astounding legacy of pure brilliance and its familial connection. This film has definitely gone above the bar of other films within the franchise so far.

The story in this film was well-written. It seems like taking out international criminals is a huge chore. Like for example that Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), the bad guy from Fast and Furious 6, was still alive. Even more so was the fact that his big brother Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) was more than a little mad about Dom (Vin Diesel) and the crew putting him in a hospital bed. Which doesn’t feel enough of a reason to bring forth the wrath of Dominic Toretto in my opinion.

Picking up directly where the end credits of Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift left off with the sudden death of Han (Sung Kang) this installment focuses on the world of shadows as the mysterious Mr.Nobody (Kurt Russell) appears to ask Dom and the crew to do a job.

There was also a huge piece of the film that was for the alpha couple Dom and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) . Letty unfortunately suffered from amnesia due to an explosion in the fourth film which nearly killed her. Dom and Letty have their true reunion in the best way they ever could.

Jason Staham plays one heck of a villain in Fast and Furious 7. From his fight against Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, to going up against Vin Diesel the dude is a Hollywood tough guy. Even with difficult fight scenes, he showed some serious acting chops.Though after a while the number of his appearances became a nuisance until they actually felt warranted in parts of the film.

The death of Paul Walker in the middle of filming lead to rewrites, and production was delayed. Luckily, director James Wan chose to use a combination of CGI, spliced footage and recordings of Walker, his brothers Caleb and Cody, and actor John Brotherton to keep Walker’s Character alive. The end result was nearly seamless – it’s difficult to discern exactly where the editing is within the film. Walker’s character, Brian O’Connor, was treated with the utmost respect. In the film we see him struggle to adjust to domestic life as a father. “I miss the bullets,” he says. But as the movie drew on, it became more and more obvious where Brian needed to be. There was even a touching scene in which Brian tells Mia (Jordana Brewster) that if he dies that she has to go on without him. This was a fitting end because the writers instead of killing the character off in the middle they allowed his character a happy ending.The film is the perfect memorial for the talented late actor Paul Walker. It was a brilliant send off for Brian O’Connor and worth it.