Racing to the top of the charts: Furious 7 breaks records

Cars don’t fly, except in “Furious 7. Literally. They’re flying off of cliffs, they’re flying between buildings, and they’re even flying from the sky.

Like the other films in the series, “Furious 7 is about loyalty, friendship, and of course, cars.

ff1In the beginning, the team has retired and begun to settle down, believing that their car racing days are over. Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and his wife Mia (Jordana Brewster) now have a son, Han (Sung Kang). He is living in Tokyo, and the rest of the crew is dispersed across the country. However, the normality of their lives is short lived when Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) comes to avenge his brother’s death.

Joining forces with the leader of a covert ops team, Frank Petty (Kurt Russell), the team strikes a deal. If the team helps Petty recover the hacking device called the God’s Eye, a computer program capable of tracking down anybody in the world and prevent it from falling to mercenary terrorists, he will allow them to use it to track and end their fight with Shaw.

The Fast & Furious franchise, which released the first movie in its series in 2001, began as a small film about the car racing subculture in east LA and had a production budget of $38 million. Amazingly, each subsequent film has continually become more successful than the previous, growing both in budget and box office sales. The latest film had a production cost of $190 million but made a over $1 billion in worldwide box office sales.

ff3The success of the most recent film in the series, “Furious 7” has not only surpassed the expectations of the production crew and the public, but also the record for the fastest movie to reach $1 billion. According to statistics from variety.com, it is now fourth on the list of highest grossing movies of all time.

For both the die hard fans of the series and those unfamiliar with the story, “Furious 7” is the last chance to see Paul Walker in theaters. One of the leading actors in the film, Walker died in a tragic car accident just less than two years ago in the middle of the production of the most recent addition to the series. However, according to reporters from cinemablend.com, Walker’s two brothers Cody and Caleb stepped in to finish the filming in order to honor his dedication to the franchise.

Rottentomatoes.com may have given the franchise’s first film in 2001 a rating of 53%, but the series has come a long way. “Furious 7” currently has a rating of 82% and is recommended by the site. In other words, it’s a must see.

Author: Hanna Chuang

Hanna Chuang is a junior and the Singapore Section Editor. Although she’s been at SAS since kindergarten, this is her first year as a member of The Eye staff. In her time outside of school, Hanna enjoys swimming, listening to music, and blowing bubbles. She can be contacted at chuang18913@sas.edu.sg.

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