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Movie Review From a Car-Nerd | Furious 7

As you know, we already have a media critic here at the CW44 who sees every movie coming to theaters, so after you read this, go check out what non-car nerd, mini-van driving T.M. Powell has to say about Furious 7. I'll tell you right now that I think it's great, but I am a hardcore car nerd who borrowed a friends $50K BMW M5 just go to see the advance screening in style and I'm already scheduled to go see it again the night it opens with about 50 of my closest car friends, so I may be a little biased.

As I write this, it's late at night and I am exhausted from the ride! This is one of those movies that had people clapping, cheering and laughing out loud. The movie also committed one of the biggest sins ever: destroying SO MANY AWESOME CARS! At least 250 cars were completely destroyed in Furious 7. I'm going to do my best to pretend that most of them were overgrown go-karts covered in shiny plastic that only resembled such classics as a Nissan GT-R, several 1969 Dodge Chargers and a Plymouth Roadrunner, but I know that probably isn't the case. They even had the nerve to kill a few cars that aren't being made anymore!

CHiPS did this all the time when I was a kid. (Photo credit should read HENRIK SUNDGARD/AFP/Getty Images)

There is plenty of automotive eye candy that isn't destroyed that might make some of you realize that you should have listened to your parents and worked harder in high school. There is also plenty of eye candy for hormonal boys who better do well in high school if they ever want a girl like the ones in this movie. I had to giggle at the obvious product placement a couple of times, too. When the team shows up in Dubai, it's funny to me that they roll up to a dusty, desert parking lot in their Skittles colored super-cars. Then, each member of the Furious 7 get out of their exotics and do the walk around while the helicopter gets the beautiful sunset shot. There was a McLaren, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Ford GT, a 1001 horsepower multi-million dollar Bugatti Veyron, and then there was Vin Diesel over on the end in a burgundy Dodge Charger SRT8. The Charger is a nice 4-door family car, but it kind of stands out when it's sitting next to a bunch of brightly colored cars that only a heart surgeon, drug dealer, oil sheik or trust fund baby could afford.

This picture has been brought to you by Dodge.

The thing everyone seems to be talking about is what would happen to Paul Walker's character. Paul was tragically killed in a half a million dollar Porsche Carrera GT while attending a charity event before the film was done shooting. In the films, the Furious team is more than a bunch of criminals; they refer to each other as family. In real life, the actors are also a very close-knit family and I can't imagine how hard it must have been for them to finish this project after one of their own was suddenly gone. Many people, including myself, said that this movie should never see the light of day out of respect for Paul. But what they did with this film is special. It's over the top, crazy. There are car chases, fights, girl-fights, incredible stunts that have never been seen before, Kurt Russell, Jason Statham and former Miami Hurricane football player Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson who just so happens to be shirtless. A lot. In the midst of all of the chaos happening in the movie, it's also heart touching. If you liked any of the previous Fast and Furious movies, I know you'll be seeing this one. My eyes are still leaking just thinking about it. Must be my allergies.

Find out what non-car nerd, movie critic T.M. Powell thinks of Furious 7 in his review here.

Erica Habedank | CW44 Tampa Bay
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