ByKarly Rayner, writer at Creators.co
Movie Pilot's celebrity savant
Karly Rayner

We all remember the terrible day last year when we heard about Walker's devastating fatal car accident, but let's use Paul's birthday as an opportunity to focus on the positive things this hugely popular actor gave us.

Paul Walker has continued to give us fans precious posthumous gifts, so let's take a moment to appreciate the movies that capture Paul's last moments on film.

We should remember Paul as he lived. As a beloved actor, an action hero and a stand up gentleman.

Hours (2013)

Paul Walker in Hours
Paul Walker in Hours

Release Date: December 13, 2013, just two weeks after Walker's death

Basic Plot:

Paul Walker plays Nolan Hayes, the father of a newborn baby girl. Unfortunately, what should have been one of the happiest day's of Nolan's life quickly turns into a nightmare in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

When the hospital is flooded and the power supply fails, Nolan puts himself in a life-or-death situation to attempt to keep his infant daughter alive inside her incubator.

When the incubator runs out of power, minutes become long hours for Nolan as the fate of his child lays solely in his exhausted hands.

Why You Should Watch it:

[Hours](movie:864394) is widely regarded by critics as one of Walker's greatest triumphs as an actor.

The stripped down nature of the movie means Paul's acting is what shines through in this emotive tale, and Walker himself was immensely proud of his work.

Walker executively produced Hours and when he was interviewed by Indie Wire about what drove him into his first serious Independent project, Walker replied;

It was something I just connected with, I felt like it was pure. It wasn’t trying to be anything more than what it was. I mean, it’s pretty fucking simple. The thing I liked about it is if you just go and you tell the truth, then anybody that has a heart I’d like to think can go ‘Oh I relate’ or get a sense of whatever it is. To me I just like the purity of it. I’m always doing the big action thing, running around and being cool guy, which is fun from time to time. It was nice just being honest and tell things from the heart, I guess.

With a 61% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, this one is definitely worth 90 minutes of your time.

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Brick Mansions (2014)

Release Date: April 25, 2014, five months after Walker's fatal crash

Basic Plot:

Set in a dystopian Detroit in the near future, Brick Mansions gains its title from the stately homes built in more prosperous times that now house the most dangerous criminals.

The crime that emanates from these criminal strongholds is so great that the police have built a colossal wall around the entire area to shield the rest of the city from dangerous kingpins.

Paul Walker plays an undercover cop named Damien Collier who is dedicated to fighting the corruption that is devouring the city from the inside out.

When ex-convict Lino's (David Belle) girlfriend is kidnapped by a drug lord named Tremaine (RZA), Damien reluctantly teams up with the reformed criminal to stop a sinister plot that involves a stolen bomb that threatens to destroy Detroit in it's entirety.

Why You Should Watch it:

[Brick Mansions](movie:957731) was Paul Walker's final completed work and it represents the late actor carving himself a fast-paced action niche outside the Fast franchise.

Although the movie has received mixed reviews (mainly due to unfavorable comparison with District 13, the French movie that inspired it), it's a must see for fans who love the supercharged, action hero Walker.

Walker tragically didn't have the chance to speak out about his last movie, but We Got This Covered called the film;

a highly entertaining action thriller

Before praising Walker's performance in his final work;

If Brick Mansions is to serve as his final work, it’s relieving, at least, to know that that it’s his best, and an appropriately sensational capstone to a career built on pulse-pounding, jaw-dropping action spectaculars

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Fast & Furious 7 (2014)

Release Date: April 3, 2015

Basic Plot:

After reigning victorious over Owen Shaw and his crew in [Fast & Furious 6](movie:37143), Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) and the rest of the clan return to the United States to live normal lives again.

Unfortunately, their peace in their homeland is shortlived because Owen's brother, Ian Shaw (Jason Statham), is after Dominic's blood to seek revenge and the entire crew is in severe danger once more.

When the Fast gang learns of Han's death, they waste no time tracking down the man that killed one of their own, before he kills them first.

Why You Should Watch it:

Do I really need to answer this question? The Fast franchise is the reason that most of us fell in love with Paul Walker to begin with.

This hugely popular series of movies put Paul in the spotlight and enabled us to learn about him as a person from the numerous press interviews he gave. Thanks to Fast, we all got to know Walker's down-to-earth nature, his sense of humor, his kindness and his common touch.

Brian O'Conner is the character that defines Walker's career and [Fast & Furious 7](movie:264263) is a must see for any fan. Seeing Vin and his 'Brother Pablo' interact on screen for the last time will be a deeply emotional experience, but worth it to witness O'Conner driving into the sunset for the last time.

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Rest in Peace, Paul. You won the respect of millions during your career and we will remember you.

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