Paul Walker’s final films before Fast and Furious 7
Pawn Shop Chronicles
Paul Walker may have tragically died in November 2013 but for all of those of us who only knew the star from his appearances on the silver screen, at least we have a few more chances to see the man doing what he did best. With his filming on 'Fast and Furious 7' being left worryingly left unfinished, it is fortunate that there are other films that he did complete filming before he died.
Walker will undoubtedly appear in 'Fast and Furious 7' but in what capacity, it is still not clear. However, what is known is that Walker completed all his scenes (and some of his best work) in three films either newly released or coming soon.
Out now on DVD and Blu-ray is 'Hours' which many have hailed as Walker's best performance. Playing Nolan Hayes, a desperate father struggling to keep his infant daughter alive in an abandoned hospital in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Walker silences critics of his acting work to date. It is a tense and brilliant little film, showing the true potential that Paul Walker had and the exciting possibilities for his future career. For those needing a fix of Paul Walker before 'Fast and Furious 7', this is one you can already get hold of and is well worth a watch.
'Pawn Shop Chronicles'
Paul Walker's segment in this messy 'Pulp Fiction' rip off is considered to be more entertaining than the rest of the film that is packed with a supporting cast that includes Matt Dillon, Elijah Wood, Brendan Fraser and Norman Reedus. 'Pawn Shop Chronicles' is from director Wayne Kramer who Walker previously worked with on the gripping thriller 'Running Scared' and he committed to appearing in this film so that the necessary funding would be secured to make it. He plays Raw Dog, a guy who gets caught up in a wild goose chase over a missing weeding ring.
Most promisingly for fans of the action packed 'Fast and Furious' franchise is 'Brick Mansions', a remake of the French parkour-packed film 'District 13'. Walker plays Damian, an undercover cop who is trying to track down a brutal crime lord who has access to a neutron bomb. Set in a dystopian Detroit, Walker does what he did in the original 'The Fast and the Furious' and goes undercover in a criminal gang. Coming up against a drug kingpin and having to save a kidnapped girl and the entire city, it looks like the kind of film that Walker was right at home in. For fans of 'Fast and Furious', it will have to do until we get to see his final appearance both in the fast car franchise and in film full stop.