Fast Five Movie Review

Fast Five Movie Review


New film, “Fast Five,” starring Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, and Jordana Brewster, all returning from the fourth movie picture in the series, is the fifth film in the “Fast and Furious” package and the third directed by Justin Lin.

This franchise that’s all about cars is set in Rio and is much grittier than the last installment that was full of animated birds. This is rather a dumb movie but it’s plenty of fun and will restore a lot of fans that were lost by “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.”

There’s lots going on in new movie release “Fast Five” to bring in an audience of young guys: Lots of crashes, pretty women, and over-the-top testosterone. There’s even The Rock, who plays a hard-hitting federal agent. This franchise has brought in $1 billiion over the past ten years.

Upcoming movie, “Fast Five” (entitled “Fast and Furious 5” outside of North America) is expected to do better than the $71 mil that its predecessor made in its 2009 opening weekend. A sixth film is already started, but if it weren’t, that sort of money would ensure a sequel.

Justin Lin starts this film in high gear. There are only thirty seconds between the opening of the movie and the first screech of tires. It makes no sense whatsoever, according to the laws of physics, but Paul Walker, playing former cop Brian O’Conner, and his girlfriend Mia, played by Jordana Brewster, use matching hot rods to get Dominic Toretto, played by Vin Diesel out of jail.

The three take off for Rio, where one would assume that Director Lin would take a close look at the city’s bikini clad residents and lovely beaches. But he doesn’t.

We get to see lots of favelas and old garages plus a load of bad guys with guns. Lin seems to know that the young guys coming to watch the movie are more into muscle cars than eye candy.

Some gearheads may be disappointed by the small number of car crashes, in comparison to the other movies, but Lin shows them two scenes that bring the crunch of metal to new heights.

This movie cost more than any of the others and the viewer will quickly become aware that the extra money did not go towards acting lessons.

The three soon make an enemy of the city’s biggest drug lord, Reyes, (played by Joaquim de Almeida.) They find themselves in a mess that makes most street-racing look like child’s play. With federal agent Hobbs after them, and Reyes gang shooting rocket-propelled grenades at them, Dominic decides to spend $100 mil of Reye’s money to buy freedom.

He gets a special team together including Tej (played by Chris “Ludacris” Bridges), Roman (played by Tyrese Gibson), Han (played by Sung Kang), and Gisele (played by Gal Gadot) for a final job.

And that’s the plot. Maybe that’s the way it should be. Otherwise the audience may never have seen a reinforced steel vault rushing through the streets of Rio, tied between two muscle cars.

Screenwriter Chris Morgan gets some good zingers into the script and Dwayne Johnson looks like he’s enjoying himself.


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