Written review time here on MOVIES in 4K as we cover another installment in The Fast & The Furious franchise, the film that has grossed $1.5 billion to date known as Furious 7. This was a momentous release as Paul Walker had passed away in a car accident before the filming was completed. They paid some respectable love to Walker in this film and it is much appreciated for the fans in honoring his legacy. Movie reviews and disc quality reviews are color coded for your convenience, BillChete in orange and Lady Phantom in blue respectively.
IMDb Storyline: Dominic and his crew thought they’d left the criminal mercenary life behind. They’d defeated international terrorist Owen Shaw and went their separate ways. But now, Shaw’s brother, Deckard Shaw, is out killing the crew one by one for revenge. Worse, a Somalian terrorist called Jakarde and a shady government official called “Mr. Nobody” are both competing to steal a computer terrorism program called “God’s Eye,” that can turn any technological device into a weapon. Torretto must reconvene with his team to stop Shaw and retrieve the God’s Eye program while caught in a power struggle between the terrorist and the United States government.
After the quite poor and often blasé writing on parts 3 through 6 they brought in the big guns with James Wan directing and it shows big time! Let me get out my main negative with this film, which is that some of the far-fetched action scenes are really ridiculous. Example, the street racers are dropped out of a plane in their cars and land with parachutes on a mountainous region. While it looked cool we get several outlandish scenes that have to drop my rating. I know fans of this series gobble up some of these whacky scenarios, but for me it loses ground because that is not how this franchise started and they “jumped the shark” literally onwards. Now to a barrage of positives; acting in this one is stellar, and for me The Rock gets a light role while Jason Statham knocks it out of the park as the bad guy. There are a few sentimental moments with Letty and Dom, and also Brian and Mia, which is a welcome relief as it stops some of the action and the characters progress. The stunt work, camera work, cinematography and CGI couldn’t have been better. It is incredibly realistic most of the time. Props to the editing department too as the cuts were smartly done and the quick camera speedups approximately 1.5 times make it look plausible without going too fast to make it unrealistic, especially during the driving scenes. The action scenes are plentiful here and they work. Even the comedy lines land here, whereas in other installments they didn’t. Lastly the writing; the story is fun, the God’s Eye hacking programming software is neat, and it makes sense why these opposing forces are battling for this technology. Music, score and sound effects are an upgrade over most of the others too. Surprisingly, being the seventh movie, it is one of the best, if not the best one!
This movie is definitely a step up from the previous one. We get a much more badass villain in Jason Statham, and we get James Wan’s considerable directorial skills. The story, even though convoluted, is fun and interesting. We get even more fantastical acrobatics than before (car jumping from building to building to building, anyone?), but that’s okay because at this point, it fits the tone of the movies. This is pretty much a mixture of The Fast and The Furious and any James Bond movie you want. The acting is okay, and at the end of the movie it’s easy to see they weren’t acting anymore. The sadness was palpable, since they were saying good bye to Paul Walker. Statham was good, and The Rock was The Rock. Now, the chases and the special effects were brilliant, and you can see James Wan likes his practical effects. The CGI that was used to finish the movie with Paul Walker’s brothers was seamless. Equally brilliant is the camera work. The cinematography deserves a special mention; there are some truly beautiful landscapes. All in all, this is a solid entry in the franchise, with lots of action and also a good amount of heart.
4K Disc Quality:
Superb! It’s been a while since we reviewed a reference 4K disc, and this truly is. Pure eye and ear candy here. The crystal clarity of this release is awe inspiring. Colors are beautifully vivid with every shade utilized under the sun. The HDR is popping off the screen almost always. The contrast is deep and velvety when need be and bright as a button on the opposite end. Textures are well defined and detailed. Vast landscapes in the desert are holy moly incredible and that’s not taking anything away from the night scene pans that looked gorgeous. On to the audio and music; this release comes with DTS:X and it works to perfection, enveloping you in the countless action scenes with things whizzing by you almost incessantly. The score was not over utilized like in previous releases and worked to propel the story without being blaring and obnoxious. I’m going to leave this review with this…OUTSTANDING DEMO WORTHY DISC all around the horn. BUY IT NOW it must be in your 4K Blu-ray Collection.
Furious 7 might be the best 4K presentation up to this point. It checks pretty much all the boxes: it’s incredibly detailed; it makes great use of color, with a richness you wish you could see in every 4K movie; it has lots of popping thanks to HDR (the explosions! The fire!); specular highlights galore, and some very deep blacks. There is no grain, with the exception of the final montage, and even then, it’s light. The sound is phenomenal. You hear every dialogue with ease, as well as everything else. Surrounds sound amazing. This 4K is truly incredible, and it’s the only way to go with this film.
Breakdown of “Furious 7 (2015)“
|BillChete: 7.5 (Buy)||Lady Phantom: 8 (Buy)|
|4K Blu-ray Disc Grade|
|BillChete: A (Worthy)||Lady Phantom: A (Worthy)|
Average 4K Disc Grade