Furious 7 (stylized onscreen as Furious Seven and alternatively known as Fast & Furious 7) is a 2015 American action film directed by James Wan and written by Chris Morgan. It is the seventh installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise. The film stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Kurt Russell, and Jason Statham. Furious 7 follows Dominic Toretto (Diesel), Brian O’Conner (Walker), and the rest of their team, who have returned to the United States to live normal lives after securing amnesties for their past crimes in Fast & Furious 6 (2013), until Deckard Shaw (Statham), a rogue special forces assassin seeking to avenge his comatose younger brother, puts them in danger once again.
With the previous three installments being set between 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006), Furious 7 is the first film in the franchise to take place after Tokyo Drift. The film also marks the final film appearance of Walker, who died in a single-vehicle accident on November 30, 2013, with filming only half-completed. After Walker’s death, filming was delayed for script rewrites and his brothers, Caleb and Cody, were used as stand-ins to complete his remaining scenes.
Furious 7 was released first in Australia on April 2, 2015, and then in the United States on April 3, 2015, and was released in 3D internationally, a first for the series. Upon release, the film became a critical and commercial success, with praise being aimed at the film’s action sequences and its tribute to Walker. The film grossed $397.6 million worldwide within its first five days of release, which is the second-highest opening of all time behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. The film has grossed over $1.4 billion worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film in the franchise after just twelve days, the current highest-grossing film of 2015 and the fourth highest-grossing film of all time. An eighth film is scheduled to be released on April 14, 2017.
After defeating Owen Shaw and his crew and securing their amnesties, Dominic “Dom” Toretto, Brian O’Conner, and the rest of their team have returned to the United States to live normal lives again. Brian begins to accustom himself to life as a father, while Dom tries to help Letty regain her memories. Meanwhile, Owen’s older brother, Deckard Shaw, breaks into the secure hospital the comatose Owen is being held in and swears vengeance against Dom, before breaking into Luke Hobbs’ DSS office to extract profiles of Dom’s crew. After revealing his identity, Shaw engages Hobbs in a fight, and escapes when he detonates a bomb that severely injures Hobbs. Dom later learns from his sister Mia that she is pregnant again and convinces her to tell Brian. However, a bomb, disguised in a package sent from Tokyo, explodes and destroys the Toretto house just seconds after Han, a member of their team, is killed by Shaw in Tokyo. Dom later visits Hobbs in hospital, where he learns that Shaw is a rogue special forces assassin seeking to avenge his brother. Dom then travels to Tokyo to claim Han’s body, where he meets and races Sean Boswell, a friend of Han’s, who gives him personal items found at Han’s crash site.
Back at Han’s funeral in Los Angeles, Dom notices a car observing and chases after the vehicle, driven by Shaw. Both prepare to fight, but Shaw slips away when a covert ops team arrives, led by Frank Petty, who refers to himself as “Mr Nobody”. Petty says that he will assist Dom in stopping Shaw if he helps him obtain the God’s Eye, a computer program that uses digital devices to track specific people, and save its creator, a hacker named Ramsey, from a mercenary named Jakande. Dom, Brian, Letty, Roman Pearce and Tej Parker then airdrop their cars over the Caucasus Mountains, ambush Jakande’s convoy and rescue Ramsey. The team then heads to Abu Dhabi, where a billionaire has acquired the flash drive containing the God’s Eye, and manages to steal it. With the God’s Eye, the team manages to track down Shaw, who is waiting at a remote factory. Dom, Brian, Petty and his team attempt to capture Shaw, but are ambushed by Jakande and his militants, and they are forced to flee while Jakande obtains the God’s Eye. At his own request, Petty is then left to be evacuated by helicopter. Left with no other choice, the team decides to return to Los Angeles to fight Shaw, Jakande and his men on their home turf.
While Jakande pursues Brian and the rest of the team with a stealth attack helicopter and drone, Ramsey attempts to hack into the God’s Eye while sharing her mobile between their vehicles. Hobbs, seeing the team in trouble, breaks out of hospital and destroys the drone. Ramsey then successfully completes the hack, regains control of the God’s Eye and shuts it down. Meanwhile, Dom and Shaw engage in a one-on-one brawl on a parking garage, before Jakande intervenes and attacks them both, and Shaw is apprehended when part of the parking garage collapses on him. Dom then launches his vehicle at Jakande’s helicopter with him in it, successfully managing to toss a bag of grenades on board, before injuring himself when his car lands and crashes. Hobbs then shoots the bag of grenades from ground level, destroying the helicopter and killing Jakande. When Dom remains unconscious, the team fears that he is dead. As Letty cradles Dom’s body in her arms, she reveals that she has regained her memories, and remembers their wedding. Dom regains consciousness soon after, remarking, “It’s about time”.
Later, Shaw is taken into custody by Hobbs and locked away in a secret, high-security prison. Meanwhile, at a beach, Brian and Mia play with their son while Dom, Letty, Roman and Tej observe, appreciating their happiness and acknowledging that Brian is better off retired with his family. Dom silently leaves, and Brian catches up to him at a stop sign. As Dom remembers the times that he has had with Brian, they bid each other farewell and drive off in separate directions.