Review: Fast Five

THE SETUP: When last we saw our heroes, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) was headed to jail while his sister Mia (Jordana Brewster) and partner in crime Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker) were set to break them out. What do you think happened? Now they’re on the run in Rio de Janeiro from the law (Dwayne Johnson) and a local criminal mastermind they’ve offended. Not a quiet week.

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THE THOUGHTS:
Well, that was fun. Take Ocean’s Eleven and combine it with the Fugitive, take out the class and witty banter and replace it with 17 pints of testosterone and half-naked ladies…and you’ve got the fifth installment in the Fast and the Furious series. Sure these movies are easy to pick on as fluff pieces with no substance…but check your calendar, it’s the summer. All we want is for stuff to “blow up real good” (thanks John Candy). The story moves along quickly, even at 2+ hours, with the odd excuse for “character development” thrown in.  All the ingredients of the franchise are here: Vin, Paul and Jordana; cool cars and car chases; sexy ladies; and male posturing. The addition of The Rock aka Dwayne Johnson was welcome. Thankfully he’s out of his contract with Disney and returning to more adult movies. When he and Diesel are on the screen, there’s so much manliness, you’ll grow a mustache…and that’s just the ladies. Their fight scene is awesome. This probably is, if not tied with the first movie, as the best in the series.

The only complaints: well dialogue can be pretty painful. If we didn’t already have four movies to care about these characters, the script wouldn’t really give us any connection to them.  Also, we know they’re in Rio. You don’t have to do 30 shots of the Jesus statue over the city. Enough already. Just show us the cars.

FAST FIVE Rating:
3 stars – good movie, take a friend. From the opening scene to the climax, you’ll be entertained with fast cars, familiar faces, a kickass fight between the Rock and Diesel and a good summer movie. FYI – stick around after the credits.


Random Recommendations
Knockaround Guys (2001) – An enjoyable rental with Vin Diesel, Seth Green and Barry Pepper playing the sons of mobsters (John Malkovich and Dennis Hopper) who try to make a name for themselves only to screw everything up. Good, not great…hence the renting.

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Ronin
(1998) – Keeping with the cars and testosterone theme, Ronin delivers. An amazing cast led by Rober DeNiro, this is a story about contract killers and spies trying to complete a job without killing each other. Great twists and turns from director John Frankenheimer, and that’s just the kickass car chase.

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