Zaki's Review: Furious 7

April 3, 2015 4:15 PM

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With the tragic and unexpected death of star Paul Walker in late 2013, the Fast & Furious franchise was hit with a nearly insurmountable challenge heading into its seventh lap. Production on the latest installment was only partially completed at the time of his passing, and the filmmakers had to scrap preexisting plans, honor the actor, acknowledge his passing, and write out his character, all the while delivering the hard driving intensity the series has become synonymous with after 14 years. No mean feat, that, and the franchise's minders deserve all the props in the world for pulling it off with Furious 7.

As you may recall, Fast & Furious 6 from two years ago was actually my very first foray into the wide world of the Fast sequels. I'd watched the original way back in 2001, but I'd mostly let the entries that followed in its wake pass me by. However, it became impossible for me to ignore the palpable...

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