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Fast Five

A movie directed by Justin Lin

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Utterly Impossible, Ridiculous Nonsense Done...Right?!

  • Apr 30, 2011
I really don’t know how to say this. I thought the first “The Fast and The Furious” was alright; sure it wasn’t anything special but I thought it was fun. The first sequel was a step backward, (I thought went north with the absence of Diesel) and while I thought “Tokyo Drift” gave Asian Drift-Racing (Hello, “Initial D” the anime series) its overdue tribute, it sure was uninspired when it came to storytelling. The third sequel was a horrible disappointment for me that I thought it was just a simple revenge flick wrapped around a ‘buddy drama’. So what am I doing watching “Fast Five”, the latest installment in the franchise? Curiosity and I thought Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was a welcome addition to the “Fast and Furious” cast.

Following the events of the last film, Dom (Vin Diesel) is broken out of custody by a group led by Brian and Mia (Paul Walker and Jordana Brewster) and the three find cover in the land of Rio De Janiero. When a car heist goes awry, the trio find themselves at odds with the local crime lord Reyes (Joaquim De Almeida) and sends federal man hunter Dobbs (Dwayne Johnson) hot on their trail. Looking for one last pay day so they could find a semblance of a normal life, Dom decides to get the old gang back together (Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Matt Schulze, Tego Calderon and Don Omar) to try and part Reyes away from his millions. With Dobbs and a sexy lady cop (Elsa Pataky) after them and Reyes’ goons also out for blood, Dom and his friends must do what they do best….drive fast and hard.

                         Paul Walker and Vin Diesel in "Fast Five."

                         Gal Gadot and Vin Diesel in "Fast Five."

                         Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson in "Fast Five."

“Fast Five” gets busy pretty quickly, from the outlandish break out and the stunts done with the bus to the train heist, Justin Lin and writer Chris Morgan (who wrote the last two films of the franchise) make it a point not to hold back (they even include an exploding toilet). The film defies all laws of logic and forgets about physics. “Fast Five” is so outrageously over-the-top that it makes it almost seem a sin to be entertained by it. I know the film is filled with cliché, elements borrowed from ala-“Ocean’s Eleven” and some small pieces of “The Italian Job” but Justin Lin proves to be a competent action director. This is not the same Justin Lin of “Better Luck Tomorrow” but one who seems to go about a few simple rules: Go Fast and Faster, so the crashes will be bigger, more explosive and much louder. Action junkies will have a ball with “Fast Five”; as it is filled with scenes of testosterone-driven violence that seems to drift very quickly and it also goes into the film’s display of jaw-dropping car chases and adrenaline-pumping stunts that require a huge suspension of disbelief. It may be ridiculous action but it is done right.

                    Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson and Vin Diesel in "Fast Five."

                   Gal Gadot in "Fast Five."

                   Kang Sung in "Fast Five."

Plotting is pretty much almost none-existent with “Fast Five” and Justin Lin makes no such pretensions to an intricate plot. The characters are pretty much cartoonish (God, they can hit each other so hard and all they have are minor bruises), the plot is so simple that you already know what you are in for in the film’s first 15 minutes and the dialogue is so silly and the acting is wooden that even wood varnish won’t be able to polish it. Vin Diesel is his usual over-acting self and Paul Walker, well, he has so little to work with. Some of the mannerisms can be so “macho-lame“, but granted I laughed at the comedic exchanges between Ludacris and Gibson. Sung Kang plays Han Lue and it makes me wonder how he is once again so underused. To like “Fast Five”, one has to remember that this is a guy’s film; filled with exotic cars, beautiful imports and even more gorgeous women. Gal Gadot maybe a bit skinny, but she has some sex appeal on her that just won’t quit. Elsa Pataky plays Elena Neves, who may be the only honest cop in Rio and no doubt the sexiest one. How come movies like this always have a ton of hot women and no plot?

                    Jordana Brewster and Paul Walker in "Fast Five."

                    Vin Diesel and Paul Walker in "Fast Five."

                    Dwayne Johnson and Elsa Pataky in "Fast Five."

The film does look very cool though and once you get over the weaknesses of the plot and the clichéd macho dialogue, the car chases can take hold and take you for a fun ride. It was also nice to see enough action sequences to satisfy the WWE fan as the most electrifying, “jeebroni-beating“, “pie-eating”, "eye-brow raising" former wrestling superstar takes on muscle-man Vin Diesel. Their fight was short but nonetheless exciting to watch and there was no doubt just who would come out on top (can't spoil it, but it was predictable). “The Rock” is as charismatic as always and it was a great move for Lin to add him to the cast. The film does play a bit longer and exposes some of the film’s major issues in the plot, but the pacing goes rather quickly; as long as you keep with the breathless momentum, you should be able to ignore the devices that may wear you down.

“Fast Five” is a load of nonsense that translate into a fun time at the movies and it maybe is as good as the original. Lin wanted to tie things up to possibly open new horizons and he does so. Sure, it wasn’t ambitious, sure it wasn’t inventive nor groundbreaking and sure, it was brainless. But I have to admit, as much as I thought it was nonsense and stupid, it was quite good for what it needed to be; a brainless action movie that Justin Lin had done correctly thanks to his unwaveringness as an action director. After all, the world of “Fast Five” is a world where bad guys are the good guys, and only the truly despicable bad guys get their due. The only way to make this more outlandish and extremely over-the-top would be to add some “Smurfs” and maybe add the "jelly bean-poopin' rabbit" in “Hop” while he rides in an import car that becomes Bumblebee with Vin Diesel eating the jelly-beans and yelling “Optimus”!! and two dogs humping each other (wait, I hope Michael Bay didn’t hear that, LOL!!).

Recommended!!  [4- Out of 5 Stars]

Note: Please stay after the end credits.

Elsa Pataky in "Fast Five."  Poster art for "Fast Five: The IMAX Experience."

Utterly Impossible, Ridiculous Nonsense Done...Right?! Utterly Impossible, Ridiculous Nonsense Done...Right?!

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November 02, 2011
Ooooh crap (literally) i forgot all about the exploding toilet!
November 05, 2011
heheh! best scene ever LOL
November 06, 2011
I was crackin up especially when they go back in the bathroom and its all over the walls and stuff!
May 02, 2011
oh good, i was worried my reviews were too long for this site, well well-written, im always a skeptic on action though
May 02, 2011
I just looked at your reviews and you are pretty darn thorough yourself. No limits to a length of a review and do whatever you'd like to write in Movie Hype!!
May 01, 2011
It's very Bruce Willis-yyyy!
May 01, 2011
yippee kai yay!! LOL!!
April 30, 2011
Wonderful review WP, love that last paragraph alot, hilarious. Yeah I will have to see this since I didn't hate any of the other films in the series.
May 01, 2011
thanks, Alex. I just had to add the way the ROCK used to promote himself: "jeebroni-beating, pie-eating superstar" (with fake beard tho) LOL!! This surprised me, I didn't think it was going to be this much fun. Lin knows his action movies and may become a force to be reckoned with in the action genre....
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Former cop Brian O'Conner partners with ex-con Dom Toretto on the opposite side of the law. Since Brian and Mia Toretto broke Dom out of custody, they've blown across many borders to elude authorities. Now backed into a corner in Rio de Janeiro, they must pull one last job in order to gain their freedom. As they assemble their elite team of top racers, the unlikely allies know their only shot of getting out for good means confronting the corrupt businessman who wants them dead. But he's not the only one on their tail. Hard-nosed federal agent Luke Hobbs never misses his target. When he is assigned to track down Dom and Brian, he and his strike team launch an all-out assault to capture them. But as his men tear through Brazil, Hobbs learns he can't separate the good guys from the bad. Now, he must rely on his instincts to corner his prey... before someone else runs them down first.Written by Universal Pictures  
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Director: Justin Lin
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Release Date: 29 April 2011 (USA)
Runtime: 130 minutes
Studio: One Race Productions
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