The Grade Book: “Furious 7” Keeps Franchise in Fast Lane

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The Grade Book: Furious 7  Keeps Franchise in Fast Lane 

 

Plot: Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) seeks revenge on Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew after the events of Fast & Furious 6.

Director: James Wan

Writer: Chris Morgan

Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez

Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller

Running Time:  2 hours and 17 minutes

U.S. Release Date: April 3rd, 2015

MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for prolonged frenetic sequences of violence, action and mayhem, suggestive content and brief strong language).

WE LIVE FILM GRADE AVERAGE: B+

AMOUNT OF GRADES GIVEN: 20

(Lowest Grade Given: B-, Highest Grade Given: A+)

CONSENSUS: Furious 7 might be the seventh installment in this 14-year-old franchise, but it’s still going full throttle. More importantly, it’s a satisfying sendoff for the late Paul Walker.

 

We Live Film Critics 

 

Nick Casaletto

GRADE: B+

By no means is it as good as the 5th and 6th installment. However, Furious 7 delivers such a fun action movie that requires no brain activity whatsoever. The action was a little shaky and the stunts were so over the top, but the one liners and the poking fun at itself makes it all worthwhile. A beautiful ending. Feels like a true complete film and a beautiful tribute to Paul Walker. There will not be a dry eye in the house. Amazing.

Justin Cook

GRADE: B+

Director James Wan has not only made a great “Fast and Furious” film, but a great action film in general. The screenplay may teeter back and forth between being laughed with and being laughed at. But nonetheless, Furious 7 is a very good time. From absurd action sequences to easy to love heroes to sleek cars, it’s hard to leave the theater disappointed. And lastly, as for Paul Walker’s send-off, it simply couldn’t have been more perfect.

Chad Gleason

GRADE: A-

Not just a great tribute to actor Paul walker, but one of the best American action movies in recent years! This franchise just keeps getting better and better.

Check out Chad’s video review.

Nick Iacobucci

GRADE: B-

A solid action movie with some emotions and heart strings being pulled during it’s epilogue and tribute to Paul Walker. This is a huge Hollywood action movie with great direction from James Wan, solid acting from the cast, and a thrilling 2+ hours from the finished product.

Check out Nick’s video review.

Mark Krawczyk

GRADE: A-

This franchise has gotten better with age. This one is just out of the gun crazy fun. It knows exactly what type of film it is and embraces it. Some of the craziest action scenes I have seen in recent film and the ending gave a heart tugging and very respectful goodbye to Paul Walker.

Zachary Marsh

GRADE: A+

Furious 7 is everything you can ask for in a Fast and Furious movie and then some. Amazing action, really well-shot, funny, and overall a beautiful sendoff for an actor who was taken away from us too soon. If you weren’t planning on seeing this before, I definitely recommend checking it out ASAP.

Matt Marshall

GRADE: B-

Louder and more ludicrous than it predecessors, Furious 7 is well-aware of what it is and who its audience is. There are plenty of bumps in the road thanks to a bloated runtime and underusing household names like Dwayne Johnson and Ronda Rousey. Still, Furious 7 is a satisfying ride off into the sunset for the late Paul Walker.

Austin Putnam

GRADE: B

My favorite Fast and Furious tied with the 5th one. Yeah the plot is convoluted, but honestly who looks for a plot in these movies? Fast and Furious is about badass action, cars and hot chicks. Furious 7 delivers on those fonts. Not to mention James Wan did a fantastic job helming the film even with the troubles the production had and the movie has a beautiful send off to Paul Walker who died too soon. R.I.P. Brian. R.I.P.

Check out Austin’s video review.

Daniel Rester

GRADE: B+

Director James Wan brings too much to the table in certain categories (butt shots, cars exploding, Roman’s  humor, etc.), making Furious 7 feel long and bloated by its finish. But it’s also an exciting time for fans, featuring likable and multicultural characters and a number of eye-popping action scenes. The ending that pays respect to the late Paul Walker is also moving and respectful.

Check out Daniel’s written review.

Jose Romero

GRADE: B

Solid action flick with all the crazy stuff you would expect from this franchise. Including the same characters, same plot, cheesy dialogue, and action scenes that defy the logics of gravity and common sense. All around it was good.

Bryan Sudfield

GRADE: A-

Not as good as Fast Five or Fast and Furious 6, but this is still a damn enjoyable flick. James Wan directs the action very well, despite not being as good as Justin Lin. The movie is very self aware of itself and that’s awesome. The actors do their thing well, by not giving over the top performances. The send off to Paul Walker was beautiful and handled extremely well. Overall, this is a great action film and very satisfying chapter in this insane franchise. See it in IMAX no matter what!

Check out Bryan’s video review.

We Live Film Fans 

 

David Abrams

GRADE: A-

This is the definition of a fun time at the theater. With its over the top and ridiculous action, its likable characters, and the emotional send off to Paul Walker, Furious 7 is one heck of a ride! See it in IMAX.

Carl Cottingham

GRADE: B+

Great popcorn action flick, fun villain, and insane action scenes. The hand-to-hand combat in this movie is fun to watch and the characters are always a delight. It does get cheesy however, and it does get over dramatic; there’s also a tad too much slow-mo, but that really a nitpick. Overall, another good entry in a series I’m surprised has gotten so good with age and a great send-off to Paul Walker.

Alexander Faulkner

GRADE: B-

Solid action packed send off that is a fast,fun thrill ride with plenty of humour that is sure to satisfy any Furious fans as well as action fans.

Viktor Guizar

GRADE: A+

Furious 7 is not only the best entrance in the franchise, its also the funniest ride ive had in a movie teather in a while. It’s action packed, and knows exactly what it’s audience is expecting. Furious 7 delivers all the goods, and wraps it all up with an extremely moving and touching tribute to the late Paul Walker. What a perfect ending!

Scottie Iwaniec

GRADE: B+

Everything you expect out of the franchise with some crazy new stunts weve never seen before and a wonderful goodbye to one of our friends.

John Joseph Donald Rivet

GRADE: A

Great flick with some cheesy lines thrown in. It’s both fast and furious.

Chris Soto-Lopez

GRADE: A-

I just love how they did with Paul and it is tried with the 5th and even though the plot was all over the place it was a very good movie the action is great cars and that why I love it

Ryan St. Hilaire

GRADE: A-

Entertaining as all hell, just a bit too over the top. I hate the fact that i saw it like that though. Great action sequences and a beautiful farewell to Paul Walker.

Matthew Turner

GRADE: A-

A big dumb fun action movie that is sure to entertain you, outstanding stunts, funny moments, good acting, and a lot of heart, rip paul

 

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