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A final goodbye

Scott Iwaniec

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For me to actually review Furious 7 is essentially pointless because you know everything you are going to get out of this movie: sexy cars, bootylicious ladies, some of the best action you will see all year, and a moral theme about family.

Paul Walker died when the Porsche he was a passenger in smashed into a tree and exploded north of Los Angeles on Nov. 30, 2013 (AP photo)

Paul Walker died when the Porsche he was a passenger in smashed into a tree and exploded north of Los Angeles on Nov. 30, 2013 (AP photo)

It is, without a doubt, the next step in this testosterone-injected manly fest, and is ever so glorious at doing that. Fans of the franchise will be satisfied by the continuation of long running story lines, longer action sequences, and by far the best car stunts in the franchise. There’s even a hidden Easter egg for all the WWE fans, such as me, who know The Rock well.

The purpose of me actually writing this isn’t as much to tell you about to movie, but as an address about what Paul Walker means to me. As everyone knows, Paul Walker (Brian O’Connor) was killed in a tragic car crash that broke the hearts of fans and the cast. The ending, as advertised, serves as an epilogue for the cast to say “goodbye” in the way they never had the chance to. I would be lying if I said I didn’t shed a tear, and so would my good friend who saw it with me.

But why is this so tragic? Because we have accepted Walker and Diesel with open arms into our lives and on our TVs for over 15 years. We knew them and they made us smile, so when you see these two brothers have to say goodbye one last time, you feel as if you are saying good bye too.

This is especially true for me. My first love in life was cars, and since I was in the first grade, Walker and Diesel brought my love and happiness to me seven times, and it breaks my heart that I could never give Walker the happiness he had given me. This idea stretches far beyond just the Fast and Furious movies, because it shows how movies can connect with people. Should you feel this way about an actor who you never met in your life? Yes. Because you have met them.

I couldn’t recommend this movie enough to any Fast and Furious fan. Even if you don’t like the franchise, go to say goodbye. Thank you Paul Walker, thank you Vin Diesel, and most of all…thank you for fast cars.

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