Movie Monday

Ok, I know it’s Thursday, but with the Baltimore riots and the Simply Jesus Gathering in Denver last week I didn’t have a chance to review Fast and Furious.  So: Here we go.

Last week my son Tiki and I had a chance to spend some Dad time in Denver.  He came to sit with me in meetings, listen to me speak at different venues, and just have some good quality time together.

One thing you have to know about Tiki is:  HE LOVES CARS.  So I thought we could go see the new Fast and Furious 7.  I don’t know what it is about these movies, but every time I sit and watch Fast and Furious, I walk away feeling like I got my money’s worth.

I don’t know if it’s just the fact I know there will be cool cars, big explosions, and terrible acting?  Or if there’s something else in the story line that keeps me wanting more.  (I know.  I know.  Who watches that stuff, right?)  Well, I do.

The 7th installment is much like the others.  There are plenty of fast car scenes.  Plenty of “save the world” explosions.  But one unique difference in this film is the anticipation of the Paul Walker Scenes.

Paul Walker, as many of you know, tragically died in November 2013 in a high-speed auto accident.  The world was shocked when the news of Walker’s death made the main pages of the media, but what made it all the more ironic is that it seemed to be art becoming reality.

I couldn’t wait to see how the film-makers were going to finish out the series without walker, and I wasn’t disappointed.  The film is full of ‘on the edge of your seat’ anticipation.  It’s a full on roller coaster ride.

And then  at the end, there’s a 5 minute tribute to Walker.  You’ll know it when it comes on, but to be honest, it’s the most well done tribute I’ve ever seen in my life. In fact, I could hardly hold back the tears when THE END appeared on the screen.

I always try to find moments of faith encouragement in films, and although Fast and Furious doesn’t really have any overt faith messages, it doesn’t mean there aren’t good human morales to the story.

I’m especially drawn to the Vin Diesel character who always puts family above anything else.  His moral code is solid and edgy, as he shows an intense loyalty to his team and to his family.

I know that speaks to me.  I’m always more willing to hang with people who give loyalty freely, and stand in tense situations no matter what the cost.  The sign of a true friend is when they won’t run when life gets hard.  So I don’t know if that’s a faith thing, or just a life choice that’s attractive.

Of course the film is full of violence and explosions.  Scantily clad girls have always gone hand in hand with fast exotic cars, so be ready for that.  The language is always an issue in these movies.  So if those are the areas that scare you off, then you may want to avoid this one. But if you’re looking for a fast ride with lots of action, coupled with one of the most touching tributes to a movie actor; it’s well worth the time.

So, there’s Movie Monday’s on Thursday.  HA!!

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