No trailer has gotten me as excited for a movie this year as Furious 7‘s. The action in these movies has reached a fever pitch of ridiculousness; each scene seems geared to top the last, and it’s a good competition. The movies reached their peak with Fast Five, and the sixth and most recent couldn’t quite top it, though it’s not for lack of trying. The climax of Fast & Furious 6 has our heroes chasing down a jet on a runway and doing battle both under and inside the plane. It’s a fantastic scene and one that ends in a manner befitting the family aspect the filmmakers have done a surprisingly good job of cultivating. Over the last four movies, director Justin Lin has raised the franchise above its modest beginnings into one of the best pure action franchises ever. We’re in good hands for Furious 7 with James Wan (Saw, The Conjuring), but he has big shoes to fill.
Quicker take: Sixth time’s the second-best charm.