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For franchise fans, 'Furious 7' a crazy-great ride [with video]

Furious 7

Furious 7

Let's get the formalities out of the way: YES! YES!!! 4 out of 4 miners.

Fast/Furious fans, this is the film you have waited 14 years to see! There is practically no CGI and 230 cars were actually wrecked and demolished in the making of "Furious 7" - real action and real stunts equals real entertainment! We are finally blessed with the tie-in that brings Han's death (Sung Kang) from "Tokyo Drift" into a coherent storyline with the remainder of the franchise.

Fans, you deserve everything Fast/Furious 7 throws your way:

• ACTUAL Parachuting cars from 12,000 feet!

• A bus with mini-guns!

• The best, multi-vehicle chase scene ever filmed!

• Kurt Russell, Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, and Tony Jaa!

• Beast Match: Dwayne Johnson vs. Jason Statham!

• Beast Match: Vin Diesel vs. Jason Statham!

• Beast Match: Rhonda Rousey vs. Michelle Rodriguez!

Every second of every collision, airborne car, exploding building, wrecked vehicle, and bone-crunching fight is perfectly executed! Cars remain the stars of the film, including the Lykan Hypersport with diamond and sapphire encrusted headlights, the Astin Martin DB 9, the Bugatti Veryon, and the 1970 Dodge Charger.

Oh yeah - the plot! After the team kills Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) in Fast/Furious 6, they go on to enjoy retirement; yet we all know that's too easy. Enter Shaw's brother, Deckard (Statham), who returns for revenge. There's also a random, secondary storyline involving a hacker, Ramsey, played by Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones) and a surveillance program that can turn any tech device into a weapon.

The final scenes of the film pay tribute to the dearly departed Paul Walker as the crew fondly watches him enjoy family time on the beach with wife, Mia (Jordana Brewster), and son, Jack (Miller Kimsey). A final race scene between Walker and Diesel serves as a perfect gone-but-not-forgotten metaphor.

As I say in every review, if you are a jaded movie watcher who needs perfect logic and realism, this film may strain your senses. The application of physics is questionable, Kurt Russell's character is hokey, Johnson breaks off a plaster cast by flexing his superior biceps, Ramsey (Emmanuel) plays a useless damsel in distress, every sequence is drenched in testosterone, and one has to be well-versed in the franchise plot line to fully understand the inside jokes and intricacies. Despite that, this movie deserves full respect for honoring its fan base and sustaining captivating action for 3 hours.

Action fans, you won't be disappointed!

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