It’s been years since I read the Bible, but if I recall correctly one of the plagues that Charlton Heston sent down on the Romans involved souped-up muscle cars raining from the sky. That image so indelibly burned into my impressionable young mind has now been brought to life by director James Wan in the first trailer for the seventh installment in the world’s most improbable blockbuster franchise, Furious 7.
The entire gang is back again – Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Chris Bridges, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, Elsa Pataky… hell, they even brought back Lucas Black. They’re joined (or opposed) this time by the likes of Tony Jaa, Djimon Hounsou and Kurt Russell.
Kurt Russell I said.
The plot appears to pick up after Furious 6’s stinger ending that saw Jason Statham offing a member of the family in explosive fashion. His personal vendetta continues and the gang is forced to join the FBI and fight back or something. I don’t know. Does it matter? It looks like another ridiculously-fun offense to physics, and I’m already looking forward to seeing it on the big screen. Check out the first trailer below.
Could have used more Russell and Jaa, but I’m happy knowing they’re in the movie and I’m hoping we’ll get to see a lot more of both of them. Jaa in particular deserves an epic brawl of some sort because we know that both he and Statham are more than capable of taking down Diesel’s crew. It’s a bit reminiscent of when Jet Li played a villain in Lethal Weapon 4 and was defeated by Mel Gibson and Danny “Too Old for this Shit” Glover. But again, the joy of these movies rests in part on their gleeful refusal to even approach the vicinity of reality.
Furious 7 drops into theaters on April 3rd, 2015.
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