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Furious 7 is the seventh installment in the The Fast and the Furious franchise.

The film brings all the characters together (except for Han) for a dramatic climax to the current story arc, directed by James Wan (of The Conjuring and Insidious fame). The story takes place after the events of Tokyo Drift and has the crew facing off against the brother of the previous films villain, the rightly feared Deckard Shaw (played by Jason Statham) who of course is seeking revenge for the events of the sixth movie. Complicating matters is the fact the CIA end up getting Dom and his crew involved to catch a international criminal who Deckard just happens to be working with.

This film is sadly the last appearance of Paul Walker as he was unfortunately killed in a car accident over the 2013 Thanksgiving holiday. This caused production of the movie to stall to allow the studio to rework the film accordingly. Eventually in July 2014, Diesel announced via his Facebook page that the seventh film managed to finish production and was released on April 3, 2015. Furious 7 went on to earn one billion dollars at the worldwide box office after only 17 days, a feat that puts it among the biggest blockbusters of the modern era. For the music of the movie, see Furious 7 Soundtrack. The movie was originally titled Fast & Furious 7.

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  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: Several.
    • The first is a conversation near the beginning of the film between Dom and Letty at a graveyard, where she looks at her tombstone and decides to part ways with Dom (which doesn't last long).
    • The second is on the plane to Abu Dhabi, where Dom gives Brian some advice and encouragement for Brian to leave the old life behind and raise a family with Mia.
    • The third is just before the climax, where Brian calls Mia to tell her that he loves her and Mia pleads with him to survive and come back home safety.
    • After Letty tells Dom she got all her memories back, she asks him why he didn't tell her they were married. He replies, "You can't tell someone they love you."
    • The final scene of the movie has Dom drive away from the beach, leaving Brian and Mia to raise their family. Brian catches up with him, and the two share a normal drive side by side before they part ways down two separate roads.
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  • All Asians Know Martial Arts: Played straight with Kiet, portrayed by famous Thai actor Tony Jaa.
  • Always with You: An inversion in Dom/Vin Diesel's tribute to Brian/Paul Walker at the end:
    Dom: No matter where you are, whether it's a quarter-mile away or halfway across the world, you'll always be with me. And you'll always be my brother.
  • Arc Welding: Furious 7 is the first movie of the series to take place after Tokyo Drift and features Sean Boswell for the first time since said movie, which finally brings Tokyo Drift out of Gaiden-status and into the canon proper (up until then, besides Han's inclusion in the sequels, all that even indicated Tokyo Drift was part of The ’Verse was the short appearance of Dom right before the credits).
  • Award-Bait Song: "See You Again". Considering the song started at 100 on the Billboard Top 100, then became the tenth such song in history to peak at #1 note , the award baiting seems to have worked.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Dom tells Letty during Race Wars to keep the Cuda's speed under 9,000 RPM, because he can tell just by one look at the opponent's car that it will burn out before the finish line. True to his word, the competitor burns out just before the race ends, allowing Letty to coast to victory.
  • Back for the Dead:
    • Although Han died in Tokyo Drift (and his death was seen in 6), he shows up just long enough to have a few seconds of screentime before being blown up by Deckard Shaw.
    • Korpi (the owner of the blue Camaro in 2 Fast 2 Furious) returns... as one of Jakande's goons, who gets impaled on a tree during the Ramsey rescue.
  • Back from the Dead: Dom's 1970 Dodge Charger returns yet again - Dom wrecks it once more (for those keeping track, that's the fifth time it gets wreckednote ) after launching it through a ramp and tumble down the debris of a parking garage, but not before he attaches a bag of grenades onto Jakande's helicopter while in mid-air.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: The whole crew has to dress up to get into a billionaire's party. It might be the only time in the whole series Dom isn't in a t-shirt and jeans.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: The climax has Dom, having been in a car that made a Super Jump up to a helicopter before plowing and flipping through a collapsing building, and Deckard Shaw, having actually been in said collapsing building, not only fully recognizable but still mobile.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Hobbs shows up out of nowhere to crash an ambulance into Jakande's drone when it corners Letty and Ramsey. A couple minutes later, he does the same thing by using the drone's minigun on Jakande's helicopter when it's aiming at Dom on top of the parking garage.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The movie ends with Dom saying goodbye to Brian and driving off in different ways into the sunset.
  • Bodyguard Babes: The Jordanian prince has half a dozen female bodyguards, led by Kara (played by Ronda Rousey).
  • Book-Ends:
    • The final scene begins with Brian pulling up to Dom's car and looking at him, just like their last encounter in the original film. Also, the choice of cars: Dom's Charger (Black in the original, bare-metal gray in 7) to Brian's Supra (Orange in the original, White in 7).
    • Dominic and Deckard's first encounter in LA. Deckard leads Dom to an underground parking lot, and then they crash their cars into each other head-on (with Deckard having the advantage) and Dom is about to have a street fight with Deckard, only for Deckard to pull out his gun and mockingly asks "You thought this was gonna be a street fight?". In the climax, also in LA, it is now Dom who leads Deckard to the top floor of a parking building, with them crashing into each other in their cars again, only with their positions reversed (and Dom has the advantage this time). Deckard, who runs out of ammo, picks up a metal bar to fight Dom, but Dom pulls out his shotgun and asks "You thought this was gonna be a street fight?" Only this time, Dom actually fires his shotgun into the air and proceeds to fight with him man-to-man. "You're GODDAMN RIGHT it is."
  • Call-Back: The climactic battle is full of this.
    • Starting with the location it took place, the streets of Los Angeles.
    • Dom visits his old garage and took his old, almost iconic to the franchise Dodge Charger into the battle.
    • Brian equips his old FBI gear.
    • During the battle:
      • Brian evades Jakande's Predator drone by hiding under a truck and uses it as cover.
      • Dom dualwields wrenches against Deckard Shaw, calling back to the incident that got him in trouble in the first place
      • The LAPD police cars, which were the most dreaded foes in the first two movies, also join the fray but get utterly curbstomped by the drone.
      • Dom outrunning the collapsing parking building in a way that reminisces when he escaped from the collapsing tunnel in Mexico in 4.
  • The Cameo: This movie has a fair few.
    • Hector makes his first reappearance since the first movie where he gets punched by Letty at Race Wars.
    • Elena appears for a couple scenes, but is absent for the majority of the film.
    • Sean Boswell appears for the first time since Tokyo Drift (along with Bow-Wow and Neela in archival footage).
    • A blink-and-you'll-miss it appearance is Korpi (the owner of the blue Yenko Camaro in 2 Fast 2 Furious), who reappears as one of Jakande's mooks driving the black Mercedes... which gets impaled on a fallen tree pretty quickly.
    • Australian expat rapper Iggy Azalea as a driver in the Race Wars scene.
  • Car Cushion: Hobbs and Elena land together on a car roof when falling from great height. Of course both characters remain unharmed. Elena is unharmed. Hobbs spends the majority of the movie in a hospital bed.
  • The Cavalry: Elena returns to give Hobbs backup during his fight with Shaw in the offices, and later, Hobbs shows up to help Letty and Ramsey, and later Dom himself, after Jakande attacks with his helicopter and drone.
    Letty: "Did you bring the cavalry?!"
    Hobbs: (before grabbing the discarded minigun from a Predator Drone) "Woman, I am the cavalry."
  • Character Outlives Actor: The character of Brian O'Conner isn't killed off, but instead "retires" at the end to be with Mia, his son Jack and his soon to be born daughter.
  • Central Theme: 'Family.
  • Continuity Nod: The movie features the return of "Race Wars", from the first film, which has apparently become such a big deal that it has booths from companies like Monster Energy, Rockstar Energy, and Xfinity.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Hobbs DSS office has handguns strapped to the bottom of at least one coffee table, presumably in the event that a lunchtime argument gets really out of hand.
  • Cutting the Knot: The bad guys prevent Ramsey from hacking their drone control system by leveling a signal transmission tower.
  • Designated Girl Fight: A Letty vs. Kara (played by Ronda Rousey) fight in fancy dresses, after Letty beats up three female bodyguards at once.
  • Disney Death: Dom is assumed to be dead after he and Hobbs destroy Jakande's helicopter, but he regains consciousness after Letty reveals she got her memory back.
  • Easy Amnesia: Letty starts to remember bits and pieces and finally gets all her memories back at the end.
  • Enemy Mine: Shaw quotes the full version directly when revealing that he's joined forces with Jokande.
  • Environmental Symbolism: In the final scene, the location where Dom meets Brian (dressed in a white shirt and riding in a white Supra) for the last ride is at a crossroads. The final shot is of Brian splitting off from Dom and taking a fork in the road that leads into the sunset.
  • Fake Shemp: After Paul Walker's death, his brother Cody filled in so they could finish the movie (his face was replaced with Paul's via CGI).
  • Fanservice: Ramsey gets a scene in which to show off her bikini body.
  • Final Battle: The climax takes place in the streets of L.A., where Dom and his team do battle with Shaw and Jakande.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Dom says to Nobody that he could just sit tight and let Shaw come to him. Nobody retorts that getting the God's Eye would let him take the initiative. And once they do have the Eye, Shaw proceeds to lure them into a trap so he can get it and use it to hunt them down.
    • "Cars don't fly."
  • Gatling Good: Jakande has them on his drone during the final fight, which is appropriated by Hobbs and used against Jakande.
  • Hollywood Hacking: A code on a USB is capable of instantly hacking all devices anywhere on earth, including mobile phones and security cameras. It can then organise all that information and using facial recognition track a persons exact location in a matter of minutes.
  • Hysterical Woman: Downplayed and justified with Ramsey. She's very calm and collected while helping Mission Control to do some Hollywood Hacking, but completely loses her shit whenever her life is in danger. It's perfectly understandable; after all, she's just a hacker, not a street-racer-turned-hired-gun like our heroes. Over the course of the film, she learns to keep a cooler head during intense situations, but is still easily the most emotional member of the group.
  • Ironic Echo: Dom to Deckard Shaw at the climax.
    "You thought this was gonna be a street fight?...You're goddamn right it is."
  • Lock and Load Montage: Dom, Brian, and Shaw go through one before the Final Battle .
  • Loss of Identity: Discussed in a scene where Letty tries to part ways with Dom before the next job pulls them together again. Although she likes him, they share a history that she doesn't remember, and it's hard for her to be around him when he does remember that history.
  • MacGuffin: Subverted with the God's Eye. It sounds a lot like a usual MacGuffin — a device that can hack into anything and trace anyone anywhere — but once it's recovered, it's used almost immediately to find Deckard. It's used again during the climax by Jakande to track down Ramsey and keep her from locking him out of it.
  • Made of Iron: Taken to ridiculous heights, where characters survived crashes like high speed head-on collision, twice!, or falling off a freaking cliff. The latter is somewhat justified as the car was heavily modified to handle crashes like this.
  • More Dakka: While there’s no shortage of firepower in the franchise, Mose Jakande is the biggest believer in this trope. This is the man who armed a bus with a half-dozen machine guns and brought a combat drone with enough firepower to level half a city to the movie’s final fight.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: The first scene where we see Brian: his car's engine burning with fury with himself looking dead serious, apparently competing for yet another race, and he steps on the gas...to drop Jack off at school.
  • My Secret Pregnancy: Mia again. She's pregnant with her second child but hasn't had the time to tell Brian. A brilliant time comes up when Brian is about to say a final goodbye in advance; she shoots this down by saying that he'll have to come back, otherwise his second child would never be able to meet its father. She succeeds.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Tej's sudden and miraculous fighting abilities.
  • Noodle Incident: The movie opens with Deckard Shaw apparently having rampaged through a hospital just to see his comatose brother. Not only does he appear to have fought off several SCO19 teams without a scratch, but he somehow broke the awning outside.
  • No One Could Survive That!: When Dom and Ramsey are cornered by Jakande and his mooks, Dom then drives the car off the mountain and rolls all the way down the cliff, still they both survive with few scratches.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome/One-Man Army: Deckard Shaw is first introduced after he's mowed through an entire platoon of policemen to visit his brother, who is in intensive care. The audience only sees the aftermath of this - there are several officers dead in an elevator, the lobby looks like it's been hit with a bomb blast, and he's done so much damage to the exterior of the hospital that the overhang at the front of the building collapses after he walks out.
  • Oh, Crap!: Happens again to Tej, this time he drops the S-bomb when the trucks the protagonists are pursuing start deploying heavy machine guns.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: Battle of the Titans.
  • Please Wake Up: Letty begs Dom to wake up after he crashes his car through Jakande's helicopter during the climax. Subverted a few moments later when it's revealed that he was just sleeping, and waits until she tells him she remembers everything for him to finally speak.
  • The Power of Love: Dom's not breathing. Brian gives CPR. Letty makes him stop because telling him she regained her memory is more effective at kickstarting his heart.
  • The Precious, Precious Car: Implied. A Jordanian prince owns a Lykan Hypersport (one of only seven in the world) and keeps it in a vault in his penthouse. When Dom and Brian recover the God's Eye from the vault, they're both a bit incensed on how the car isn't being properly used as a car. When Deckard attacks them, they escape by jumping the car between two more skyscrapers, which would've damaged it enough even if it hadn't slid out the last one and fallen dozens of stories to the ground.
  • Product Placement:
    • The second sequence in the film is Dom taking Letty to Race Wars, which has apparently gained some very impressive corporate sponsorship.
    • When Dom tells Mr. Nobody that he drinks Corona instead of Belgian ale, the latter produces a Corona-branded bucket from behind a box, complete with two chilled bottles. They then spend the next few moments walking and talking while chugging them down.
    • Shortly after the Corona moment above, Nobody shows off his impressive Dell computer setup.
  • Rare Guns: Dom briefly wields a UTS-15 dual-tube shotgun. Which makes sense, considering that he's working for some very rich, very well-supplied people.
  • Red Shirt: The soldier Sheppard.
  • Retcon: At the end of Tokyo Drift, Twinkie tells Sean that Dom had gained quite a reputation for winning races around Asia. When this same footage is shown in Furious 7, that line is cut as it would've no longer made sense since we've already seen what Dom was busy with from movies 4 to 6. Unless it was during the entirety of 2...
  • Riding into the Sunset: Brian O'Conner, after his last ride with Dom at the end.
  • Runaway Hideaway: Brian and his family stay at the house belonging to his friend, Mando (played by Romeo Santos). After Brian leaves, he has Mia and Jack remain under Mando's care.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Dom and crew have to rescue Ramsey, an imprisoned hacker who's being transported to a terrorist group for a highly effective tracking device (which the heroes need to track Shaw). When Brian reaches Ramsey inside the armored bus, he's surprised to find out hacker is female . The trope is lampshaded afterward in several ways, which includes bits of Fanservice.
  • Sequel Hook: Deckard survived his fight with Dom but got arrested and brought to a high security underground prison by Hobbs. He declared to Hobbs that no prison can hold him.
  • Series Fauxnale: Furious 7 is built up to be the finale of the series, even going as far as giving a fitting sendoff to Paul Walker, who died in a car accident prior to the movie's release. An eighth movie was released in 2017, with Vin Diesel signed up for two more.
  • Shout-Out: The Abu Dhabi sequence is very reminiscient of Black Moon Rising, plot of which had a MacGuffin hidden inside a super car that ends up driven indoors and jumping from a skyscraper to another.
  • Sunglasses at Night: Mr. Nobody is fond of wearing sunglasses, even inexplicably putting them on during the nighttime operation against Shaw that goes bad. Then it's revealed that said shades have night-vision, and he proceeds to mow down a half-dozen of Jakande's mooks before being injured.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: Hobbs removes a cast on his arm by flexing.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Tej protects Ramsey by taking out a mook using his new-found hand-to-hand combat skills.
  • Trailers Always Lie: The trailer implies that Kara and Keit are part of Deckard Shaw’s team. Kara is really the bodyguard of a Jordanian prince whose car the team needs to steal and Kiet works for Mose Jakande, the movie’s other Big Bad who doesn’t even appear in the trailers.
  • Truth in Television: Real parachutes with GPS were used for the car drop from a plane. The production team also consulted the US Army about steerable, GPS-guided parachutes.
  • Under the Truck: This stunt comes back when Brian tries to evade an attack drone.
  • Weapon of Choice: Shaw loves grenades and other explosives, and Jakande loves Gatling guns and other heavy machine guns.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Frank Petty's fate is unknown.
  • Where It All Began: The film climaxes with our heroes racing cars in the streets of LA. Or at least, that was the plan. Then they realize the bad guys are using a helicopter gunship and a drone.
  • The Worf Effect:
    • Letty beats up a prince's three elite female guards handily, to underscore the threat when the head of his detail is actually able to give her a challenge.
    • Deckard Shaw's first onscreen action sequence is him going toe to toe with Hobbs, who's himself one of the most dangerous characters in the franchise. Jason outright said it.
  • Worst Aid: Albeit everyone's Made of Iron so it doesn't seem to matter, but an unconscious Dom being pulled out of his car and Letty proceeding to move his head around is a very noticeable example, especially right after Brian giving very careful instructions as to how to handle him in that condition.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Hobbs performs the Rock Bottom on Deckard Shaw THROUGH A GLASS TABLE!

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