the fast and the furious saga

Furious 7 (2015)

As a day one fan of the Fast and the Furious saga, it was really hard reading about Paul Walker’s untimely death. Fortunately, they decided to continue the movie in Paul’s name and after a year dealing with solutions around Paul’s unfinished shoots, the movie is finally here.

For the first time since Tokio Drift, the saga embraces a new director in the form of James Wan. He takes over the reigns from 4 time Fast and Furious director Justin Lin, who is partly responsible for the amazing success this saga has generated. His vision on topping action scene after action scene but not going into that Michael Bay territory is fantastic. Unfortunatly, he’s moving on to other things. Now, James Wan is not just some new director. He’s responsible for some of the greatest horror movie hits of the past decade, like The Conjuring and Insidious, and even responsible for directing the first SAW movie. The strong revenge thriller Death Sentence is also from his hand.

Now, James Wan is a director who likes the 70’s revenge thriller feel. He showed it with Death Sentence, he used the slow stuttering old slowmotion effect in his horror movies and he is now doing this with Fast 7. For me, it felt out of place. He created the perfect tone, cause it really feels the way he wants it to feel, but it felt weird looking at the other films. Fortunately, this feeling doesn’t linger on and he soon drags you into the film and won’t let you go. But for the first time, I couldn’t look past some of the things they did in the movie. I even loved the Vin Diesel bridge jump or the scene in the airplane from 6, but they really went full blown Transformers in this one.

It’s fantastic they made the decision to go trough with it and give Paul a respectful goodbye but here and there you can see they made obvious changes. For instance, the amount of time Vin Diesel spends reminding Brain O’ Conner that he now has a family (which he has had for the last two movies also) are suddenly becoming an issue. the emphasize and emphasize that only family matters, and that even tho Brian has jumped out of airplanes, jumped off trains, fought countless times with the group, the bravest thing Dominic has seen Brian do is be a husband to Mia. Okay dudes, we get it.

Somehow it also feels that they intended the movie to be different at all. Sidelining Hobbs for the greater part of the movie just felt extremely off, as the previous two movies gained so much because of his presence. I even had problems with the script this time, which pitches our gang of street racers against brother-of Owen Shaw certified bad ass Deckard Shaw played by Jason Statham, but not before getting side-tracked on some very weird side mission to steal some hacking device with a very overly complicated plan. But oh well, it is the Fast and Furious saga.

The movie hints back to previous times for numerous occasions. Wether this was always the plan or just another way to emphasize the old days with Paul I don’t know, but it was a great addition to the movie. I’m talking the old muscle car, corona’s, Los Angeles and even that hillbilly from Tokio Drift (including original soundtrack).

It isn’t until the end, when all the warfare and mayhem that they let loose on the streets of Los Angeles settles down, that you are really confronted with the death of Paul Walker. And it isn’t until this moment you know why they kept saying stuff like how the bravest thing he has done is be a father and a husband. Because it all reflects on Paul in his real life. You know they’re gonna do some kind of memorial thingy, but what they did in this movie can bring any tough guy who has loved this series for years to tears. It is a very respectful, graceful and beautiful goodbye to an actor, a friend, a brother, a father and most of all a great human being, having devoted his life off-screen to helping people in need and working for his disaster relief organisation.

For me it’s not the best movie of the saga, but still a fantastic addition that I will be watching again and again, and knowing how much trouble they  must’ve had changing things and keeping Paul in this movie the way they did, I can only say they did a great job. I hope they will continue this story with more movies but even if they don’t, this would be a great ending to a fantastic saga.

4/5

Rest in peace, Buster.

“A broad slab of ice, smooth as glass, had formed on the other side of the river, and Thrain and his men were standing in the middle of it. Skarphedin took off into the air and leaped across the river from one ice ledge to the other and made a steady landing and shot into a glide. The ice slab was very smooth, and Skarphedin went along as fast as a bird in flight.

Thrain was about to put on his helmet, but Skarphedin came at him first and swung his axe at him and hit him on the head and split it down to the jaw, so that the molars fell out on the ice. This happened in such rapid sequence that no one could land a blow on Skarphedin; he went gliding away at a furious speed. Tjorvi threw a shield in his way, but he hopped over it and kept his balance and glided to the end of the ice slab.” –Njal’s Saga, Chapter 92

This scene is one of my favorite examples of how the sagas can be exciting and fun (if brutal as well), not just academically interesting. I found the illustration online but I don’t know who the artist is.

Diarrea visual - Rapido y Furioso 7 (parte 2)

En fin, de regreso a L.A todos y cada uno de los iniciadores de la vieja escuela estaban reunidos otra ves en el barrio bajo que los había visto nacer, ¡BOOM! un helicóptero militar sobrevalorado una de las ciudades mas importantes de estados unidos, ¡Como si nada!, puto avión disparaba, entraba en túneles, explotaba edificios,  tenia un Dron que destruía hasta su puta madre… ¿y la guarda nacional? ¡muerta!, claro, me están diciendo que uno de los países con mayor seguridad en todo el mundo va a tardar 30 minutos en responder un ataque terrorista, si claro.

Durante toda mi vida pensé que cuando te enyesaban un brazo roto, te lo tienen que quitar con una maquina especial, ¡Pero no! lo único que tienes que hacer es hacer fuerza bien duro hasta que explote, tal y como lo hizo la Roca en el hospital.

La estupida escena del estacionamiento cuando el helicóptero tira completamente la estructura y vemos como Toreto va acelerando durísimo su auto para poder volar y ¡Boom! otra ves ¡BOOM! salta del edificio directamente hacia el helicóptero y le deja una bolsa con granadas perfectamente colocada, para que la Roca la explote. (si eso no es estilo, entonces no se lo que es). Toreto se estampa directamente contra el piso y nos ponen una escena haciéndonos pensar que esta muerto (claro que nadie se la creyó, minutos antes estaba saltando edificios en Dubai y cayendo por acantilados, ¡Era lógico que no se iba a morir tan sencillo, ¿quien creen que es? ¿Paul Walker en la vida real?)

Hablando de Paul Walker, el tipo se nota desde el inicio de la película que ya esta muerto, casi no habla, demasiadas tomas en donde solo se le ve de fondo comiendo caca (sin hacer nada), su cara computarizada, diálogos como: “tienes razón Dom”, “vamos todos juntos”, “estoy listo” (en realidad no dice nada en todo el film), y claro, tenia que terminar con el morbo, porque eso fue Rapido y Furioso 7, puro morbo, de alguna manera todos querían ver como habían hecho para que Paul Walker saliera en la película, y pues ya vieron que el resultado fue fatal, siento que en lugar de hacer algo bueno dejaron que el actor hiciera una de las peores películas de toda su carrera, que tristeza, que dolor.

La escena final, Toreto y Paul, manejando durísimo por la carretera, con una canción digna de que esto se había terminado, fue en ese momento cuando todos notaron la elaboración por computadora de Paul, las tomas de las películas anteriores en donde destacan a Paul, (puro morbo), pero era necesario ese final, mas de uno lloro, varios hímenes terminaron rotos ese día.

Conclusión: Basura de película, basura absoluta, me dolió el escroto de tanto coraje acumulado, pero si eres amante de esta saga, definitivamente no te la pierdas, tu estupidez te lo exige.

Diarrea visual - Rapido y Furioso 7 (parte 1)

Automovilistas invencibles, superiores a Batman, fuego y disparos por todas partes. Una de las mejores comedias mal intencionadas de los últimos tiempos.

Cabe aclarar que antes de ir a ver la película ya sabia a lo que iba, sabia que estaba a punto de ver algo que seguramente haría que saliera corriendo de la sala, claro que no podía porque al parecer mi novia produce mas testosterona que yo y a ella si le gustan esas cosas.

Si ya vieron la película lean esto, y si no, pues aviso: “esto es un spoiler”.

Al inicio de esta inigualable maravilla cinematográfica nos reciben con una típica carrera entre vehículos, todo bien, todo normal. Luego aparece la roca con sus músculos llenos de estrías, (¿las Vieron? ¡eran casi tan grandes como su capa torácica!), de ahí aparece el villano (Jason Statham), infiltrandoce en una computadora como si nada, la Roca lo ve y como era de esperarse no iba a disparar una sola bala, ¡no! ¡tenían que pelear! y estuvo bien, pero que el Jason arrancara con una mano una lampara del techo y se la estampara al otro sin esfuerzo alguno ya esta de mas (¿alguna ves han intentado quitar una? pues yo si, casi me rompo el himen). ¡Boom! llega el momento de la explosión, la Roca protege a una puta a quien no recuerdo, caen tres pisos, ¡si! ¡tres putos pisos! ¡y aterrizan sobre un auto estacionado! ¡y sobreviven no solo a la caída!, ¡no!, también a la explosión, sin quemaduras, sin nada mas que una pierna y un brazo heridos (deberían de darle clases de supervivencia a Spiderman)

Otra cosa que me sacaba carcajadas constantes fue que en toda la película estuvieron a punto de morir por centímetros o por segundos, pero siempre se salvaban de una u otra forma.

Como cuando Paul Walker se encuentra en un auto bus, esta a punto de caer a un precipicio y llega la mexicana bigotona a salvarlo por centímetros.¡Ay! ¡Parfavar! alguien normal ni siquiera hubiera alcanzado a subir por el bus.

La escena en donde Toreto y la negra esa ¡se tiran por un barranco y sobreviven! ¡wow! l¡o lograron! ¡lograron salir con solo rasguños de esa caída!. En la vida real cualquiera se hubiera muerto, pero ellos no, claro que no, son mas invencibles que Batman (tal ves los esteroides y ser negro tuvo mucho que ver, quien sabe).

Una parte muy estupida fue en la ciudad de Dubai, los hijos de puta saltaron tres edificios en un auto, ¡así es! al parecer los carros en rápido y furioso también vuelan, joder y yo que pensé que eso todavía no existía.

La batalla en los ángeles, la saga tenia que terminar en donde había comenzado, aunque ya no tratara de autos ya que las películas se transformaron en balaceras, seamos sinceros, perdió la esencia.

Continuación 

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PAUL WALKER’S BROTHERS WILL STEP IN TO HELP FINISH FAST 7

Via the Fast & Furious Facebook page:

A Note to the Fans of FAST & FURIOUS The FAST & FURIOUS saga is about family. The characters are connected by the bond of family, and it is how all of us who have worked together for more than thirteen years feel about each other. It certainly defines how we feel about our fans. Our family experienced an unthinkable shock in November. We had to take time to grieve Paul, the brother we love and lost, and to figure out if we should move on with our film. We came together and all felt the only choice was to continue. We believe our fans want that, and we believe Paul would want that too. Paul had already shot his dramatic scenes and most of his action for FAST & FURIOUS 7, and it’s among the strongest work of his career. We have resumed shooting and now welcome Paul’s brothers, Caleb and Cody, into our FAST family. Caleb and Cody are helping us complete some remaining action for their brother and fill in small gaps left in production. Having them on set has made us all feel that Paul is with us too. We are just under a year away from the release of FAST & FURIOUS 7, and this film is the most important we’ve ever done together. It will allow the character of Brian O’Conner to live on and let us celebrate Paul in his most defining role. We wanted to take a moment to speak to our fans directly and thank you for the love and support you always show us as we resume our work.

Damn.

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Fast and Furious 7 Review

There is a bit in this movie (and I’m sure you’ve seen it in the trailer) where Vin Diesel drives a hypercar out of the side of a Dubai skyscraper, through an adjacent sky scraper before finally causing significant damage to a third.

If like me the Fast and Furious saga is something of a guilty pleasure then you owe it to yourself to see it on the big screen. Just one word of warning, you’re going to get hit in the feels hard at the end so choose who you go with carefully. That or sit around for the credits while you sort yourself out after.

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