• Vengeance hits home in ‘Fast & Furious 7’

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    ‘Fast & Furios’ undying tandem of Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian (the late Paul Walker)

    ‘Fast & Furios’ undying tandem of Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian (the late Paul Walker)

    “I don’t have friends. I got family.”

    These seven words have come to exemplify the very heart of the Fast & Furious franchise, both for the faithful team of characters on screen and the band of actors, filmmakers and crew who have grown as tight as any bloodline over the course of seven movies together.

    At its outset, 15 years ago, no one could have foreseen that the destiny of this story about a team of street racers in East L.A. would transform into one of the most popular and enduring motion-picture serials of all time.

    Fast & Furious 7 arrives as the crowning achievement in this ongoing saga—the best, biggest and most fulfilling movie yet. For every person in the Fast & Furious family—those on screen, those behind the camera and those who count themselves among its vast and varied fans around the world: This one is special.

    Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Jordana Brewster, and of course, the late Paul Walker return to form a furious team of seven family members united in purpose. They head across the globe for one last ride together in their most gravity-defying and emotional adventure to date.

    They are joined by Fast fan favorites Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black, as well new additions to the ensemble including Jason Statham, Kurt Russell, Nathalie Emmanuel, Djimon Hounsou, Ronda Rousey and Tony Jaa.

    The film picks up more than a year after Dom’s (Diesel) and Brian’s (Walker) crew has returned to the States with their pardons. We find them transitioning into life on the right side of the law, but home has taken on a surreal quality. Dom tries desperately to reconnect with Letty (Rodriguez), while Brian struggles to acclimate to suburban life with Mia (Brewster) and their son, and Tej (Bridges) and Roman (Gibson) celebrate their freedom by living the playboy dream.

    Unbeknownst to all, however, danger has come in the form a cold-blooded British black ops assassin with a score to settle. Beginning his reign of terror with the brutal murder of Han (Sung Kang) in Tokyo and the attempted assassination of Hobbs (Johnson) in L.A., Deckard Shaw (Statham) is systematically hunting down those took out Owen (Luke Evans), his little brother, during their last mission.

    When Shaw blows up the Toretto house, the family’s very symbol of sanctuary given to our crew to regain their freedom, Dom must turn to a high-level government operative (Russell) for assistance. Our heroes’ only hope is to get behind the wheel again and secure an ingenious prototype tracking device for the US government.

    In return, they’ll use it to locate the ghost that is Shaw before he can kill again. And as they form a tighter band than ever: The Fast & Furious 7—Dom, Brian, Hobbs, Letty, Roman, Tej and Mia—they will face their greatest threat yet in places as far away as Abu Dhabi and Azerbaijan . . . and as familiar as the streets they call home.

    Fast & Furious 7 welcomes director James Wan (The Conjuring, Insidious), where he is joined by a behind-the-scenes team led by producers Neal Moritz (Fast & Furious series, 21 Jump Street series), Diesel (Fast & Furious series, Riddick) and Michael Fottrell (Fast Five, Live Free or Die Hard).

    Fast & Furious 7 opens across the Philippines on Black Saturday, April 4 and will be distributed by United International Pictures through Colum- bia Pictures.

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