Date Night Movie: Furious 7 Is A Hell Of A Ride

Are you looking for a Friday night date-night movie this week which you and your partner can both enjoy? You could do a lot worse than Furious 7, aka Furious Seven and Fast & Furious 7.

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My husband and I paid a babysitter to mind our two banshees, sorry toddlers, while we happily trotted off to the movies for a date night earlier this week. It was “his” turn to choose a movie and so Furious 7 it was. Our respective reviews are below.

SHESAID review

Judging by its box-office records, US action movie Furious 7 is delighting hardened action movie nuts the world over – and causing them to shed some serious manly (and womanly tears) in the process – since its early April release.

For the James Wan-directed film gives lovers of the franchise exactly what they have come to love and expect: high-octane drama, death-defying stunts, tits and arse aplenty and then there’s the cars – seriously swoon-worthy and very, very fast, luxury American, French, Japanese and Italian sports cars. I don’t even love cars, but even I wanted to ditch my sedate family car for something super shiny and fast, post-film.

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In addition, the film’s release is poignant and bittersweet as it marks the untimely demise of Fast & Furious star Paul Walker (pictured), who appears in it in one of his final roles after a 2013 car crash claimed his life at age 40. Indeed, Walker’s role was only finished via the wonders of digital technology and a series of stand-ins. And so the film acts as a kind of memorial to Walker, with the tribute to the late actor at the film’s end very touching.

I quite like action films at times, truth be told, but this was my first look at one of the Fast & Furious films. It was exactly as I expected: big and dumb, but highly enjoyable.

It’s the type of big action movie adventure during which you can happily turn your brain off on a Friday night and just enjoy the ride. At 137 minutes-long, I did find my mind wondering and erm, myself dozing off a few times during the somewhat repetitive action scenes towards the end.

Starring the one-dimensional man mountain Vin Diesel, who seemingly only has a grand total of two facial expressions in his acting repertoire and the slowest, weirdest turn of the head, which would easily score him a starring role in Neighbours, Furious 7 is essentially a revenge action film.

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To sum up, without giving too much away: homicidal London killer Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) is plotting world domination and vengeance after Dominic Torretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew put his maniacal international terrorist brother into a coma.

Aside from a weird cameo by Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea; the film also stars action greats Kurt Russell (pictured below), and Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, and the best, bad-arse gal in town, Michelle Rodriguez (pictured).

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For me, Rodriguez is one of the best things about this film – aside from the crazy, sweaty-palms inducing stunts and very fine automobiles. She’s smart and sassy and kicks some serious arse like nobody’s business, all the while looking gorgeous, feminine and strong – this is no easy feat – and I can’t remember the last time I saw a female action character of her calibre on film.

All in all, I enjoyed Furious 7. I give it a solid three muscle cars out of five.

HESAID review

I really enjoyed the movie. There’s non-stop action and not a great deal of storyline to confuse anybody; it’s a great piece of escapism.

Exotic locations, extreme car chases and lots of fist fights are the order of the day. However, I couldn’t help but to compare it to the other films in the franchise in an effort to determine where it fits in.

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There’s very little character development and let’s face it, we’ve had five other films (not including the semi-spin off Tokyo Drift) to explore these one-dimensional heroes. However, unlike Tokyo Drift and others in the franchise, the emphasis in this film seemed to be less on the cars and more about action-fight sequences.

I almost felt as though I was watching a James Bond movie with far-away locations, pretty girls and action sequences, tied together with an almost non-existent plot. And that’s not a bad thing. Overall, four out of five muscle cars.

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April 11, 2015

Old posers on the Block

Old posers on the Block

In the ?Why would you?? story of the week, two men who posed as former members of the boy band New Kids on the Block (NKOTB) have been sent to jail. In the US state of Nevada, the unique duo have pleaded guilty to fraud charges and begun serving sentences at separate federal prisons. In October last year, one of the pair claimed his wallet was stolen and identified himself as NKOTB member Jonathan Knight, providing Las Vegas police with Knight’s Social Security number and date of birth. He then used the report to obtain a Social Security card and Nevada driver’s license in Knight’s name and a credit card he used it to make purchases. The other genius admitted to the same scheme involving the identities of NKOTB member Daniel Wood and Kevin Richardson, a member of another all-boy band, the Backstreet Boys. A judge sentenced the pair to 18 months in prison for one and six months in prison for the other and ordered them to pay nearly $250,000 in restitution. Why would you want to pose as pretty boys from a has-been boy band?

Tori Spelling engaged

Tori Spelling, whose Beverly Hills 90210 character got married at the end of the show’s 10-year run, is tying the knot in real life. On-screen virgin Spelling, 30, and actor-writer Charlie Shanian, 34, plan to wed in the middle of next year, says her publicist, Cece Yorke. The couple met on stage last year in the Los Angeles production of the romantic comedy Maybe, Baby It’s You, which Shanian co-wrote. Let?s hope Tori doesn?t follow in the footsteps of fellow 90210 stars and their brief but tumultuous marriages a la fallen TV witch, Shannon Doherty!

Tiger birdies his Swede in Africa

Golfing supremo Tiger Woods has popped the question to his Swedish girlfriend of two years, Eli Nordegren, whilst on safari in Africa. Ashley Cocks, a spokesman for the Shamwari Game Reserve in South Africa reportedly said the proposal came during a sunset walk on Tuesday. Apparently when the couple departed on Friday aboard a private jet, Nordegren was packing some serious extra baggage in the shape of a “huge diamond on her finger.” Par for the course when you agree to marry one of the richest sportsmen in the world, you?d think!

Diesel?s child-rearing role

Vin Diesel is set to star in the Disney action/comedy The Pacifier. According to Variety magazine in the US, Diesel will play an undercover agent who, after failing to protect an important government scientist, learns the man’s family is in danger. He agrees to take care of the man’s children in an effort to redeem himself, and discovers his toughest mission yet: childcare! No fast cars and fast women in that one Vin!

December 2, 2003