Furious 7 rides 'like a turbo-boosted telenovela,' says CBC film critic
The latest instalment in the street racing series 'hits us over the head,' says Eli Glasner
Furious 7 roars into theatres this weekend on a wave of anticipation and record-breaking pre-sale tickets.
Vin Diesel is back in action as Dominic Toretto. This time, he's leading his gang of fugitive street racers—including stars Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez and Chris "Ludacris" Bridges—on a mission of revenge to catch another bald bad guy, played by British action star Jason Statham.
But first, the gang accepts a government mission, from a mysterious Mr. Nobody (played by Tango & Cash's Kurt Russell), who hires them to rescue a hacker held hostage by warlords.
"With so many subplots, hidden marriages, secret pregnancies, secret agents and amnesia patients, Furious 7 feels at times like a turbo boosted telenovela," says CBC film critic Eli Glasner referring to popular Latin American soap operas.
"And this amped-up story of family and friends," Glasner says, "is constantly hitting us over the head with its themes."
Walker's 'fitting send-off'
Like the Fast and Furious movies of the past, the movie delivers all the high-octane car chases, crashes and stunts fans have come to expect.
The actor's tragic death in a 2013 car crash briefly shut down production of the movie.
Shooting eventually resumed with Walker's brothers acting as stand-ins and with "a little computer graphics magic," says Glasner, "Walker bows out with a fitting send off."
Furious 7 goes into wide release on Friday.
Watch Eli's full review in the video above.