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Furious 7 Brilliantly Handles The Passing Of Paul Walker

Submitted by on April 4, 2015 – 1:30 pmNo Comment

The Fast & Furious series has gone from wicked car chases to major stars and insane action while still retaining the car element. Furious 7 is no different. It’s so ridiculously over the top with a stellar all-star cast that features everyone from Vin Diesel and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to Ronda Rousey and Kurt Russell. The film is great for what it is, and that’s a ridiculously fun romp where the action is plentiful, the cars are awesome and the banter between the long lineage of Fast & Furious cast members is great. Not to mention that the all-over-the-place continuity appears to finally have put the horse somewhat back in front of the cart.

However, my attention wasn’t so much on how good the movie was. Rather, it was focused on the handling of the late Paul Walker — who passed away during the filming of the movie in November of 2013 and caused a delay as much of the film had to be rewired.

With such a hefty task of handling the untimely death of a main character, director James Wan and screenwriter Chris Morgan did a magnificent job giving Walker a proper sendoff that should satisfy fans of the franchise. Without going heavily into spoiler territory, Walker’s scenes are a mixture of body double work by his brothers — Cody and Caleb — unused footage from previous Furious installments, and technology that allowed Walker’s face to be placed on body doubles. And, remarkably, outside of a few sequences toward the end of the film, the transition is seamless.

Also, this Furious film is certainly one of the better films due to the action sequences and the ridiculous amount of star power. For a franchise that has been filled with mindless fun, there is a great deal of dignity and sentimental value in the way Brian O’Conner’s exit was handled. Furious fans will surely be pleased.

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