Star Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Ludacris Bridges, Elsa Pataky with Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey, Nathalie Emmanuel, Lucas Black and Kurt Russell.(phew)
Director: James Wan
Claps For: Entertainment value and Paul Walker
Slaps For: Being cliched
Popcorn Refill: Interval
Story: Dominic Toretto and his 'familia' are back in the USA trying to come to terms with moving on with a simple, routine life. Brian seems to miss his old life and so does Lt. Hobbs, who is bored of the lack of challenges his job seems to be presenting with Dom and company on the 'better' side of the law. Their wish is fulfilled when Deckard Shaw daringly infiltrates Hobbs' office and audaciously gets away with the data on Dom and the others, along with sending Hobbs to the hospital. Shaw gets to Han in Tokyo as shown in the end credits of the previous film. He also manages to blow up Dom's home with Mia, Brian and their child having a narrow escape. An angry Dom reunites with Brian and the others to stop the revenge-seeking Shaw and gets help from a shady (like usual) CIA big shot played by veteran Kurt Russell. The CIA wants Dom and his band of speed demons to rescue a hacker captured by terrorists who has made a device called God's Eye, which can crack any audio-video device in the world making it extremely valuable. In return, the CIA offers to pour in their resources and the device to help Dom track down the seemingly untraceable, former Black-Ops operative, Shaw!
Talking Points: The movie begins with a mouth-watering fist fight between Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, which actions fans surely would have hoped to last a little more! With such a crackerjack opening, the movie builds up to a series of outrageous, high-octane action sequences which could also bring out a hearty laugh in the realist within you! Well, the movie does live-up to its billing and this installment, even though not as 'fast' as the previous ones, is definitely more furious! As Dom says in the movie "it ain't about speed". The movie makes little sense, but who cares? It wasn't meant to and has roaring action scenes which include cars dropping on a mountain from a plane, a superfast and obviously expensive sportscar 'flying' from one skyscraper to another (really!) in Abu Dhabi and buidings coming crashing down! Yes, this movie is high on adrenalin and delight for action junkies.
As for the performances, Vin Diesel gets the maximum screen time as expected and he is exactly what we have seen to be in the past as Dominic Torretto. There seems to be extra emotion around whenever Paul Walker comes on screen and the film makers give him a fitting farewell in their own way. Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Jordana Brewster and Nathalie Emmanuel pretty much sail through their roles. A snarling Jason Statham is a convincing baddie and Kurt Russell puts in a cameo. Action fans get to see Tony Jaa in action for the first time in a Hollywood movie, though not a lot. Fleeting appearances are put in by Lucas Black (Tokyo Drift), MMA fighter Ronda Rousey and the beautiful Elsa Pataky. A mention to our very own Ali Fazal, who puts in a guest appearance. That said, it definitely makes for a better watch than the last Fast and Furious film.
Combo-on-Offer: This is probably the last film in the franchise and definitely the last time the entire original cast will be together. A good watch for lovers of the genre and the franchise. Just enjoy the entertainment on offer and don't go too much into logic! Watch it for Paul Walker.
Verdict: It is Claps for the movie for its sheer entertainment value!