Dominic Toretto and Brian O'Connor and their team defeated Owen Shaw and he was hospitalized in Furious 6. The team thought they had left the criminal and mercenary life behind. The brother of Owen, Deckard Shaw has begun a vendetta against the crew for revenge. He kills Han in Tokyo and a bomb explodes Dom's house. The crew becomes caught up with a Somalian terrorist and a government official along with their mission against Deckard. They are competing to steal a computer terrorism program with the unusual name of God’s Eye. The Eye can turn any technological device into a weapon. In order to prevent more deaths, the crew will need to go to war against Deckard and obtain God’s Eye too.
It takes a LOT of action to demolish over 230 cars!! Sometimes I wanted to yell, no don’t wreck that car!! There are many stunts, fights, including Michelle Rodriguez fighting with women, driving scenes, bikini wearing women and shooting from buses and helicopters. It does have a hint of sadness with the loss of Paul Walker in a car accident. There is a tribute to him in the final scenes that is very poignant. The budget for this film was estimated to be $190,000,000. The previous film, Furious 6 had a budget of $160,000,000. More stunts and crashes must have resulted from the extra $30,000,000. 3 ½* (I liked this movie)
137 min, Action directed by James Wan with Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Lucas Black, Kurt Russell, Nathalie Emmanuel.
Note: Imdb 7.3 out of 10, 81% critic 83% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 3 ½*.
Special Note: Filmed in United Arab Emirates, Dominican Republic, Canada, Colorado, Georgia and California. This is the twentieth film and the first Furious to gross over $1 billion. After the death of Paul Walker, body doubles, stunt doubles and computer generated images were used to complete his role in the film. Caleb and Cody Walker, brothers to Paul were brought in for voice over work. I think I could spot some of the times Paul was computer generated because he looked the same face on but not in a side view? The red car seen in Dubai is a W Motors Lykan Hypersport. W Motors is a Lebanese company that plans to make only seven of these cars.