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Fast Five

A movie directed by Justin Lin

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Fast Five gears up for some non-stop action!

  • Apr 28, 2011
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                Vin Diesel and the entire crew come back with some serious vengeance in this latest installment of The Fast and Furious franchise.  This time they bring everybody back, and we are talking mostly every key character from the previous four films plus a couple of new ones.  FAST FIVE is ready to hit theaters everywhere Friday, April 29 and to be frank – audiences better be ready for a 130 minute ride of unbelievable action scenes and car chases.   Was it good?  One might say that movies should grade a little higher on the “scale of believability factor”, but in the end the movie was good according to the rule book.   The rule book saying that entertainment value reigns king here and that is exactly what FAST FIVE delivers – hard core entertainment.

                Set in Brazil, the fast five crew sets camp after being added to the top of the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list for busting Dominic  Toretto (Vin Diesel), out of prison.   Tired of hiding and running out of money, Dom and Bryan (Paul Walker) decide to devise a scheme to steal $100 million dollars from a merciless drug lord.  In order to pull off the job, the fast crew has to recruit some old pals to help out.  In the meantime the FBI and a special task force, led by a very committed Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, are hot on their tracks to put Toretto and his crew behind bars or worse.  It becomes a race against wits as the fast crew take on the Feds and Brazilian gangsters to pull off one of the biggest money heists in history.  Can they do it?

                One thing for sure is FAST FIVE has no problem delivering non-stop steroid induced action scene for scene.  There are plenty of impossible car chases and even more unbelievable near death experiences, especially the before and after scene where Dom and Brian drive a 66’ Corvette off a cliff into a river several hundred feet below.  As unbelievable as it appears, it was still fun to watch.   This continues throughout the film as the team struggles to put their impossible plot together all the while dodging Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and his long buff arm of the law.  Clearly the film could care less about how impossible each car chase seems, or how entirely ridiculous it is to dodge that many bullets – FAST FIVE not only invites the unbelievable, it counts on it.  

                This works well for the film as viewers should already know what their getting themselves into, especially if they have seen some of the franchises past films.  This one takes it to a whole other level.  However, aside from all the explosive action content there are some parts of the film that tend to get a little more confusing than just questionable.  This being some of the dialogue and character development that still sits unclear if it was part of bad writing, bad directing or just bad acting.  One in particular is Spanish actress Elsa Pataky’s character who seemed a bit out of place most of the time hinting towards being more eye candy then serious acting – in which fans already know that she is very capable of doing either one.  Now this can be mildly disregarded as the film obviously is more about its awesome action then its Oscar winning performances, but the viewers will still sense this and probably laugh about it, knowing this is not what they came for.

Yet despite all of this, there are some humorous moments with Ludacris (Yes he’s back too) and his mouth, but especially Roman (Tyrese, Transformers) who seems to have most of the funny lines.   Dwayne Johnson pulls off some funny too with his portrayal of Hobbs, as his character is also relentless as the audience can anticipate the looming fight scene between Toretto and him which is highly foreshadowed throughout the film.   The only other negative to add is that the film tends to be a little too long for taste – as one can only handle so much action in one sitting.

                Rated PG-13 and directed by Justin Lin, who did the previous two films; FAST FIVE turns out to be maybe just as good as the first film of the franchise.  The film is perfect for anyone looking to get out and see a gigantic action film complete with all the bells and whistles.  Vin Diesel is back with his voice in full monotone doing what he does best and it appears all the cast members tend to do well adding their own flavor to the film.   Yes there is some cheesy dialogue, but if the audience can get past that with very little criticizing then they are in for one hell of a surprising ride with plenty of entertainment.            

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May 04, 2011
This franchise is just ridiculous. I think the last one I saw was the sequel, which confirmed its ludicrousness. But, then again, if its goal is purely to entertain, then it seems it's successful in that respect. And I suppose the topic of what caliber of entertainment should be desirable in society should be reserved for another discussion, =]. Thanks for the review!
 
April 29, 2011
I'm going to be honest, when I first heard this was coming out, I let out a huge groan...ANOTHER one? When will it die? But, after seeing some previews and reading positive reviews, I might want to check it out (matinee, though LOL). Great review, thanks for sharing :)
 
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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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