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Fast & Furious 7 is breaking Irish box office records - But is it really any good?

It’s taking Irish theatres by storm.

THE SEVENTH INSTALMENT of the Fast and Furious franchise is taking Irish box offices by storm. According to MovieBit, it was the highest Friday opening in the country this year, narrowly beating Fifty Shades of Grey. It’s the second highest opening weekend of 2015, taking in 1.08 million and enjoying a 48 percent market share.

Why then, is the franchise so often looked down upon?

Well, the reviews are in, and you’re being proven wrong. Critics and audiences are going to see it sure, but they’re actually ENJOYING it too.

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But HOW?

Paul Walker

The movie signifies the last appearance of Paul Walker as Brian O’Connor before his death in 2014. Creators chose to have O’Connor retire and spend time with his young family, instead of killing him off. His last scene has gone viral, with many reviews saying the movie is more poignant than it is ball-busting.

Vin Diesel appears to watch the O’Connors on a beach, but with the magic of CGI and old footage the pair have an emotional exchange.

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After a montage of his work on the movies, he drives off into the sunset with this little dedication.

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It’s enough to make grown men cry.

Wiz Khalifa’s video for See You Again includes some of the footage and you shouldn’t watch it in public.

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It’s seriously furious

A study by Bloomberg found that the seventh was indeed the most Fast and Furious of all the movies so far, with 49 minutes of driving out of the total 137.

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In fact, 230 cars were reportedly destroyed in the making of Furious 7. A solid endorsement, if any.

The whole franchise is simply bonkers, as you can gather by the top 10 most unrealistic scenes.

The cast

TIME magazine notes that 75 percent of the movie’s audience in North America was non-white. The cast is truly representative and instead of Paul Walker being the main man…

he was just one of an impressively diverse entourage that included an Italian-American man, a Japanese man, two black men, a Latino woman and an Israeli woman.

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Have you seen it? What do you think?


Poll Results:

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