Cliché sequel sells action

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If you’re looking for a film that provides a thoughtful experience and leaves a lasting mark on the viewer, you should keep looking.

If, however, you’re looking for a two-hour escapist movie full of beautiful women, even more beautiful cars and excessive violence, then look no further. In “Furious 7,” Dominic Toretto, played by Vin Diesel, and his crew become the prey of a vengeful brother, Deckard Shaw, played by Jason Statham.

A master assassin, Shaw appears to be the greatest foe our “Fast and Furious” friends have faced yet. However, with the help of some shady new CIA friends, Dom and the gang fight their new assailant with more vigor than he expected. “Furious 7” makes it clear that the producers have thrown caution to the wind and are trying to shove as many action film clichés into one movie as possible. One could say that the audience is visually assaulted with endless car chases and action sequences. They could also say that it’s awesome.

Where else can you find the Rock wielding a Gatling gun or a film where a $3.4 million sports car is jumped from one building to another? There is nothing wrong with cheesy action flicks that appeal to our crude movie tastes. Anyone who has experienced the cheap drive-in horror movie or silly rom-com can attest that we’re not always in the mood to participate in a heavy cinematic experience.

Some of the best movies that we all love are also the hardest to watch repeatedly. Movies can be silly and excessive and still be fun and entertaining. All of our guilty pleasures are represented: over-the-top violence, sex and heart-pounding action sequences.  This has been the hallmark of the last six “Fast and Furious” movies and continues into the latest sequel.