Entertainer and photographer
Where and with whom did you see the movie?
I saw this film with my father Dave Pablo at Consolidated Theaters in Koko Marina.
Overall, what did you think?
Fast cars, big guns and babes set the tone for the very explosive Furious 7. This movie takes you on a wild ride at full throttle for 140 minutes of face-melting, nonstop action! We rejoin our beloved band of rebels Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez), led by Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), along with many other old faces in a fight for their lives, when the sins of their past come to haunt them.
While the action and fight sequences are at another level, the film is still able to capture the grounded roots and feel of the original films by mixing in old footage and nostalgia. Overall, this was an exciting, quick-paced film that will take you on a very entertaining, fast and furious ride!
Without giving away the ending, what was one of your favorite scenes?
My favorite scene was at the end of the film, which I won’t spoil for you. Let’s just say it was commemorative and moved the entire theater to applaud as the credits rolled. One standout is when Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) face off in hand-to-hand combat at the police station. The fight choreography was so believable and well-performed, as they completely destroy the entire building during their epic duel.
On a scale of one to four stars, what would you rate this film?
I’d give this film a comfortable ★★★. The film is not heavily story driven, nor do the characters lend themselves to layers of depth. However, the film does deliver in mind-blowing action and special effects, which is exactly what I’d expect from a film like this.
What did you think of the cinematography?
I felt the movie’s focus was about the action and intricate fight sequences, rather than unique artistic qualities in cinematography.
Was the message/theme clear?
Yes, the message was straightforward and added a heartwarming addition to the film. Between the action and explosions there was the theme of strength in family. Throughout the film, the characters are trying to hurtle over their personal struggles. No one could overcome their mountain of adversity without the others.
At the end, they all realize that loyalty and family are the most important things in life.
Did it remind you of any other works of film?
Of course this film reminds me of its predecessors Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6, with all the films from the reboot being similar action adventures. However, it doesn’t remind me of anything outside of that. I think they’ve done a good job in finding a unique pace, look, feel and voice to the Fast & Furious franchise.
Did the soundtrack contribute significantly to the film?
The soundtrack was a cool mix between rap and techno beats with some popular artists included. The music completely helped transition to different settings and created the emotional atmosphere for each scene, whether it was a party, a battle or memorial.
What’s your favorite movie snack?
Popcorn and mochi crunch, hot dogs and Red Vines.
On a different note, what’s new with you?
I’m a professional actor/entertainer and photographer. Most recently, I was hired as an actor for National Theatre for Children, which is a touring company. I’ll be traveling to Minnesota for rehearsals and returning to tour the show around our islands. I also emcee for Disney’s various productions and shows at Aulani. On the photography side, my work includes personal and lifestyle portraits, weddings, advertisement — and I specialize in actors’ headshots. This is your moment, let’s make it last forever! Explore, visit and book at mattpablo.com.