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Bromance, Ladies, Cars. Fast & the Furious 7.


If you’ve been living under a rock for a while, you may have missed one of the greatest action movie franchises to have ever hit the big screen.  In anticipation of the release of Furious 7, Michael Smith aka twitch streamer MagikTheGamer, takes us on nostalgic journey through what you need to know and love about 'The Fast and the Furious' franchise.

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Michael Smith

I didn’t expect to fall in love with the Fast and Furious (FF) franchise, but I did.  With the release of Furious 7, I couldn’t be more excited!

I want to point out that I’m not a car enthusiast, which is ironic as I work for a company that produces car accessories. My introduction to the series is thanks to the movie co-incidentally being on at the same time as my regularly scheduled date night with my girlfriend. If you’ve never taken to the time to watch a FF movie, sit back, relax—because I’m about to tell you everything you really need to know before the release of Furious 7, and why you should watch it.

(WARNING: Some spoilers… der. -Dan)

In 2001, a film called The Fast and the Furious was released, built on the concept of hot bods and hot cars.  It has since then become one of the most popular movie franchises globally as well as in my home.

The first movie introduces the main franchise characters, Dom (Vin Diesel), an ex-convict bad-boy, owner of a car garage, and elite illegal street racer with an even more illegal truck hi-jacking side business. Enter his counterpart, Brian (Paul Walker), an undercover cop brought in by the FBI to help to discover who’s been jacking trucks of their expensive electronic equipment.

Brian soon finds himself sliding deeper and deeper into Dom’s world, particularly with his introduction to Dom’s team and more importantly, Dom’s sister, Mia.  As the lines between black and white blur to grey, Brian finds it more and more difficult to ignore Dom’s calling-card catchphrase—“family sticks together.”

Good cop / Bad guy bromance—sounds cliché right?  Maybe. But that doesn’t stop it from being awesome.

‘Family’ is a re-occurring theme over the six existing movies, exploring the ties that bind us all together. Where is the line between friends and family? How far are you willing to go for those you love? What would you sacrifice? Sure there are explosions, and fight scenes and hot car races—but the characters are what carry this franchise time and again and is the reason I have not missed one movie since that first cinema release.

Each movie is an expansion of that original familial concept, introducing new characters to help build up this franchise with the last two movies showing the evolution from a small band of misfits into a slick, organised, unstoppable crew, working together for a common cause.

The FF franchise is unique in that it is not linear.  The storyline for Furious 7 fits in during the events of FF3: Tokoyo Drift and the end of FF6.

Furious 7 introduces a new villain played by Jason Statham.

It’s exciting—and I don’t just mean for the ladies who get the eye-candy of Jason, Paul Walker, and Dwyane “The Rock” Johnson—because Jason is best known for his work in the other popoular car-action franchise, “The Transporter”.

The theme of ‘family’ and ‘sacrifice’ took on a much more literal tone with Furious 7 when key-actor, Paul Walker, tragically and ironically died in a car accident.  There was real thought that it would spell the end of the movie and the series, and while a question mark remains on the franchise, the movie was able to be completed with the help of his brothers as most of Pauls scene’s had been already completed.

From off-screen to on-screen, when it came to Furious 7, family stuck together.

Personally I am looking forward to the movie and believe the quality of the movie will be of the same level and standard as the previous stories. I’m sure the F&F Fans will all flock to this movie, not only to support the franchise but to pay homage to Paul Walker, and the Fast and Furious family. Even if you’ve never seen another film in the Fast and the Furious series, watch this one.

Furious 7 will be one emotional ride for everyone.

Writer's bio
Mike is an almost-forty-something, mild mannered, IT Tech-Support-Guy, father of two and epic gaming nerd.
His passions include Raymond E Fiest books, cult TV such as The X-Men, The X-Files and Supernatural, as well as destro/demo-locking for phat loots as part of The Bandits guild in World of Warcaft (Oceania/Caelestrasz). 
Each Tues-Sunday (8-10pm AEST) you can join mike @  where he ties his love of PC Gaming to the Twitch Streaming Community, interacting with viewers and taking gaming requests while video streaming MMO’s, RPG’s and Horror Survival games.

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