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Fast Five

A movie directed by Justin Lin

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Fast Five... an adrenaline rush that everyone will enjoy

  • Apr 18, 2011
When I first heard about The Fast and the Furious I thought "Great, just what we need.  Fast cars, booze, drugs and half naked women."  Well, it has been 10 years since the first Fast film and I'm sorry to say they have won me back as a fan.  Truth is I was only a fan of the first two films as I felt Tokyo Drift and Fast & Furious were pretty much pointless, but I will go on record saying that Fast Five is the BEST FILM in the franchise... so far.

From the opening scene you are quickly thrown into what will be an in-your-face pedal to the floor adrenaline rush, and Justin Lin seriously delivered.  With a cast that brings back all of the favorites from across the entire franchise to faster racers, more crashes, bigger risks, and completely ridiculous stunts the audience is not given the chance to catch your breath before the next bit of insanity happens.  The thing that works so well with the 5th installment is that the cast has an amazing on-screen chemistry that just makes things feel "believable".  The family love is as clear on-screen as it is off-screen, which we were given a taste of during the Rio premiere.  But I will say this, it is not the old faces that make the film so great, as the new additions truly take the film to a completely different level.

Without giving away too much of the film there are a few key moments that should be mentioned. 
Moment #1: There is a fight sequence between Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson that will leave you speechless.  The pure muscle behind these two dominating characters is like two titans fighting, and it is something that should have been given to the action world long ago.  Like Dwayne mentioned during the red carpet event, “they knew as a team that they had an incredible opportunity to do something”.  He added that he would have loved to see Stallone and Schwarzenegger face off, only being beaten if Bruce Willis was thrown into the fight, and that the fight with Diesel was to make up for a fight of that caliber having not yet existing in film, and let me just say I WANT MORE!!
Moment #2: You should recognize a bit of a reference to a sequence from the Mark Wahlberg version of Italian Job, but with the wide range of vehicle the franchise had at their disposal just adds so much humor to what could have been a rather lack-luster scene since we had seen something like it before.
Moment #3:  There is a bathroom scene that will rival that of The Goonies but will send you into a disgusted fit of giggles.
Moment #4:  The job that kicks off their original problems will leave you feeling like a little kid in a candy store because the amount of work that went into the planning and practice for the stunts is INSANE! Yes, there is a moment in that scene where the green screen and post production layering could have used a little additional work, but other than that I was literally bouncing in my seat from the insanity that was playing out before my eyes.
Moment #5: The final job.  I think I should just simply say I <3 stunt drivers.  I think that sums it up pretty well because the final drive is better than the chase sequence in French Connection, it's more entertaining than Jason Statham's driving in Transporter, and more insane than anything Jason Bourne is capable of doing.  Yes... I think I will leave it at that.
Finally... Moment #6:  Now this is a bit of a secret moment.  It was not originally planned to be included in the film, and was added in last minute.  SO... do yourself a favor and sit through the credits.  TRUST ME.  If you are a fan of the films, it will totally pay off. 

THEN when you have gotten out of the film (after watching the "secret scene") call up all of your friends and tell them they HAVE TO go see the film.  We all want a 6th film (and you will see why) and the only way that will happen is if Fast Five does well in theaters.  So help a sista out and go out during opening weekend.  :)
Fast Five... an adrenaline rush that everyone will enjoy

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April 20, 2011
Whoa, how'd you manage to see this so far out in advance? Sounds like I'm gonna have to feed my need for speed next week! :D
April 25, 2011
there's a few organizations that give out tickets to early screenings in a variety of cities. most places give passes and then you have to stand in line for 2 hrs just to be sure to get a seat (sometimes longer given the city), and some major cities have "membership" type groups you can pay to jooin that will guaruntee you sets to screenings they are invited to. if you google "free advanced screenings" you should get a nice varity of info but here are a few good sites as well. GoFoBo.com (must frequently check back for screening codes) advancescreenings.com (not the easiest to get tickets to) wildaboutmovies.com filmmetro.com http://www.thecinemasource.com/blog/screenings/ sometimes Entertainment Weekly will have give aways for screenings. (http://www.ew.com/ew/static/freescreening/) I'm a member of NYCMovieScreenings which is AMAZING. It's $25 a month but most of the time there are anywhere from 3-6 screenings a month. It's a really good deal since tickets are so expensive in the city. (http://www.mymoviescreenings.com/) I know that's a lot of info but hope it's helpful.
April 18, 2011
sold!! and an advance review!! Your review is so darned entertaining and you immediately grabbed my attention with your style and that opening line is hilarious....thank you! featured!!
April 18, 2011
thank you for the comment. so glad to hear you enjoyed the review :)
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review by . May 01, 2011
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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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