Jason Statham

REVIEW: Fast & Furious 7 (2015)

fast_and_furious_7_movie_poster_1Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) seeks revenge on Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and their family for what happened to his brother in London. In order to find Shaw before he finds them, they help government agent Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) rescue a hacker and their device that can locate anyone on the planet.

If you know what the Fast & Furious franchise is about, you’ll know what to expect from this film. There’s the ridiculously amazing car stunts, the great team/ family dynamics and there will be some girls in skimpy outfits. It’s over the top and brilliant.

All the stunts and fight scenes are incredible and the trailer really just teases them. The sequence where the cars drop out of the plane goes on a lot longer and it’s a sequence that just keeps on giving. The various fight scenes are also great – I especially liked the one between Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) and Kara (Ronda Rousey).

Statham is a great addition to the Fast & Furious franchise. He is a threatening presence throughout the whole film and always manages to show up and cause problems for the team when they’re least expecting it. His character’s introduction is truly brilliant, you don’t see him do much in the way of violence but it definitely establishes him as a force to be reckoned with.

Like the previous films in the franchise, in Fast & Furious 7 each character has their time to shine. Whether that’s Roman (Tyresse Gibson) crashing a party and making it incredibly awkward, Tej (Ludacris) hacking into a high security penthouse or Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) with a huge machine gun. It was great seeing so many of these characters who do feel like a family back together again.

Obviously production on Fast & Furious 7 was put on hold due to the tragic death of Paul Walker. You can tell that rewrites had to happen because in a sense it feels like two films, one with Deckard Shaw as the main bad guy and one with the secret government agent Mr. Nobody, that have been pushed into one big film. This means that some plot threads don’t always work and it would have been nice to fully concentrate on one aspect of the film but with what they had, they have made another action-packed, funny and thrilling film.

Fast & Furious 7 is a bit bittersweet really, especially if you’re a big fan of the franchise and its characters. It gives a wonderful tribute to Paul Walker and the character of Brian O’Conner that will leave just about anyone chocked up. It’s a fitting end to the film, and (possibly though probably not due to how much money it’s set to make) to the franchise as a whole. Fast & Furious 7 is big, bold and a lot of fun and is possibly even better than the last film. 4/5.

J is for: Jason Statham

I like Jason Statham quite a bit, or at least I like his type of movies. I think he makes good film choices and I do love to see a film where you can tell that the person doing the action/fight scenes are really that person and not a stunt double. (As seen by my love of Banlieue 13)

I am far and away more of an action girl than a rom-com girl, and Jason Statham happened to be in some of my favourite action movies. So without further ado here are my favourite films featuring Mr Jason Statham.

Blitz (2011)
As I’ve said before, I think this might be my favourite Statham movie. Statham’s a detective on the trail of a cop killer and is partnered with Paddy Considine’s Nash and together they make one of my favourite duos. It isn’t necessarily good cop-bad cop. Considine is morally ambiguous, and while Statham doesn’t always follow the rules he does the wrong things for the right reasons.


B is for: Review: Blitz (aka why I love this stupid movie)

BlDSC02336itz is about Brant (Jason Statham), a hard detective and his morally ambiguous counter-part Nash (Paddy Considine) trying to catch a serial killer (Aidan Gillen) who is targeting police officers.

In some ways it should be quite a generic movie. Statham is in the role of the detective that uses his fists rather than his words and who doesn’t pay attention to the rules. You’d think Considine’s character would be the good cop to Statham’s bad cop but really he is a morally ambiguous character, who may want to do what Brant does but doesn’t quite have the guts. That being said Blitz does what it does very well, interesting characters and great performances raise this film up from its typical B-Movie status.

As mentioned before Brant and Nash are interesting characters – they’re an odd couple in a way. Nash is gay and gets a lot of hassle from the other members of the police force but not from Brant – one or two homophobic comments at the start of their working relationship aside, Brandt has no problems with this and they work well as a team.

Aidan Gillen makes an amazing yet frightening villain. He really is crazy and you don’t quite know what he’s going to do next. How he plays against Statham and Considine is brilliant and perfect.

The side character of Falls (Zawe Ashton) a female police officer that Brandt looks out for is a great character. How she deals with being a potential target for the serial killer is great and she is very real and relatable.

Interesting characters coupled with great action sequences leads to a film that is far better than one might expect. It has a tense finale that fits the narrative well and a great soundtrack. I just really enjoy this film a lot – in a strange way it’s kind of a “comfort movie” for me – if you like Jason Statham, buddy cop dynamics and a fair bit of violence, definitely give Blitz a go.