When I was told to write a review of Furious 7 I could not have been more stoked. The adrenaline I felt like was when I’m at the line and pressing the gas to take my car to the extreme force I know it is capable of. But I didn’t want to do a normal review on the movie. I didn’t want to write something that has been written already. Plus it didn’t help that I have written this article about 40 times already and it never feels like I do it justice. It is like writing an obituary to a family member. No matter how many times you write it, it is not expressing your true feelings because there are no words. I just kept telling myself I was waiting a few weeks to let the craziness die down before we posted it but now that we have been waiting and waiting for it to calm down in the box office and after four weeks at #1, I decided to say, “screw it”. I can’t wait any longer, this movie has grossed over $1.32 billion; making it the 5th grossing movie of all time. And it is not that far behind number 4 either.
With his crystal baby blues, and his famous “oh shit!” line in every Fast & Furious movie we have related to Brian O’Conner in many ways. We didn’t know Paul Walker personally, but damn it we all grew up with him on the screen listening for the past 15 years to some horrible yet funny car quotes and promises of a 10 second car. These movies make you believe that you can tear up the effin streets after watching them and get a little to credit card happy online.
It didn’t matter if he was driving the sexy ass 95 Toyota Supra, Subaru WRX STi, the 99 Skyline, or the green Eclipse, O’Conner made every car his own on the screen and that is why we can relate to Paul. He started off like many of us not knowing a single thing about a car or even driving one for that matter. Now he is known for being one of the biggest bad asses on the road.
So to honor Paul Walker for giving us the BEST character we know of in any movie and bringing him to life, Happystance hit the streets to find out what the fans, the scene, the car lover’s top 10 favorite scenes were in the franchise. Not the critiques, the actors, or the producers. This is the way we will forever remember Paul! This is why we love him and this is why we feel like he was part of our family! We all can remember the moment we found out of his loss. Where we were and what we were doing. Some do not understand how it can be so hard on us but and that is al right with us. We will continue to support the Fast Family and Paul’s legacy because without him and these movies we would have never had Brian O’Conner! So for that…
This is for you Paul, your family and your friends. This is what you did for us. We thank you for bringing our favorite characters to life. You will be forever remembered for what you have done in the world and the scene.
If you would like to learn more about Paul Walker, we recommend you look at the legacy he left behind at https://www.roww.org and show your support.
Now to the top 10 Brian O’Conner scenes we cannot live without!!!
10. Daddy Day Care- We have grown up with these characters. So, to see Paul Walker going from a supra to a mini van hits home for some of us. We now have our own families and had to trade our once prize cars in for a “family friendly vehicle” to then realize a month later we can not do it and find a car that not only we can hook up, and go fast but also fit all the kiddies in it. So, to see the opening scene of him pushing the gas, gripping the wheel and feel that hint of adrenaline but get caught doing it with a mini van made us all laugh and realize damn we are getting old. Don’t say you never did it before because I know you have, even if it was in your mom’s car. This one hits too close to home for some car enthusiasts.
9. Good Cop Bad Cop- There was a tie for 9th place as to which scene was more accurate but nothing says family then when you are willing to risk your life for another. In Fast & Furious Brian O’Conner has no issue giving up his cover as a cop to save Vince in the desert bleeding and in Fast & Furious 4 when he thinks he has left behind the ride or die life, the moment he sees Mia at the station he knows he will give up his new FBI gigs to help his family. Even if it means risking everything for the love of a woman and cars. That is what the scene is to us. They are our family.
8. Practice makes perfect- The famous Eclipse scene was the first scene ever in the Fast and Furious franchise. From Brian testing his driving skills, to the crazy graphics and hard power shifting. This scene will forever live in our minds as one of the best opening scenes to any movie. This was the start of history in the making.
7. Those Tuna Sandwiches Though! – There is no need to explain the importance of this sandwich. Even though they were said to be horrible not only was it a way that he got to Mia but also in the crew. So next time your hungry get the O’Conner special and order a sandwich that started it all. “Tuna on white, no crust.” See how many people look at you funny.
6. Pockets ain’t empty cuz.. – There is nothing like Paul Walker and Tyrese Gibson on the screen together and they made that very clear when they did Fast & Furious 2 in Miami. With their smart-ass comments back and forth you could not help but laugh at two brothers going at it. But counting down at number 6 was the final scene when O’Conner and Roman realize that they will never go hungry again. Paul’s waste was full, signature chucks on and had a smile on his face that only he can give.
5. No one’s Car- NOS Scene – Yet another Eclipse scene made the list when Brian was introduced to JohnnyTran for the first time. Nothing like a welcoming party, a few machine guns, and Dom yelling NOS to then have your car explode and owe a 10 second car to someone. When they were shooting it and then it all blew, I think we all shed a tear on that one.
4. Saving Dom- Another intro to one of the movies made the top of the list, and it came to no surprise that it was Fast Five. When you first see O’Conner driving Dom’s car you get a little excited, don’t lie. That is when we realized that Brian saves Dom a lot in these movies. Just think about it. But it was the adrenaline that we felt when watching it that makes this scene out of all of them stand out and hit the list at number 4.
3. Streets Are Closed Pizza Boy! Nothing was like seeing the first race with Paul Walker and Vin Diesel. The set up on the eclipse was sick but it was nothing compared to Dom’s hidden set up of NOS bottles in his passenger seat. We know that when you want to run for money, slips, or fun you never show the person EVERYTHING you have. What made the scene however was at the end of the race when you see O’Conner hyped up because he was close to winning only to get shot down because we know “it doesn’t matter if you win by an inch or a mile winning’s winning.” That still doesn’t mean win or lose we do not get excited and when we all saw his reaction he hit it right on the head with how we feel.
2. What Is The Retail On One Of Those…Ferrari- Do we really need to go over why this scene is number 2? No I didn’t think so. Except that it confirms the Toyota Supra is one badass freakin car and still one of the top sought out cars in the scene today.
1. Goodbye- Honestly what else do you think would make number one? It didn’t matter where you were or who you were with, guy or girl you were in that theater crying because of the loss of someone you knew. The ending in Furious 7 hit home for every one of us and you can see that on every blog, or social media posts. From the real tears you saw the actors trying to hide, the final smile on Paul’s face and the song that tied it all together. They did a great job giving us a perfect ending to Paul’s life and we truly thank you for that. There is nothing we can say that could ever express how we feel but we do feel it.
Paul, you are not only a car god in our eyes but now you are the angel looking down on all of us smiling. Trends may come and go. New generations will bring things out that haven’t even been thought of in the car scenes yet but we will always be able to turn on one of the Fast and Furious movies and relate to one another; having you with us again. Since you have been gone there have been car meets around the world dedicated to you, shows thrown for you and GTA had an online car meet/cruise tribute to you.
If you watch the movies but are not part of the car world I want to let you know that all the movies are dead on. They preach about the love for cars and the family unit that comes along with it and that is real. No matter what town you are in there are crews that stick together and are a family and it is everything these movies show and more. I usually stay in the back scenes of this company working on articles, designing clothes and lying low doing my business thing. I never wanted to be the face of the company. That is what my good-looking business partner is for. But for this I wanted to take a picture of myself, my Supra and my family to tell the Fast Family… we are all here to help you remember! For the meets we still have, the stickers on our cars, cruises we hold, charity events we run, or the cars we build. We will help everyone remember.
So, from me and the whole crew at Happystance! We thank the fans and the Fast Family for keeping the memory and franchise alive. We will see you at the theater with your popcorn on April 2017 for Fast 8 where we will be watching the Fast Family; minus one; together make a movie for the remembrance of Paul!
Words by Gina Calhoun