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Fast Five

3

Like Pixar’s Cars, but more cartoony.

Fast Five review

Muscle cars driven by pec-flexing guys watched by girls in hotpants… you’d think the Fast And The Furious franchise would’ve run out of gas by now. Think again.

This latest instalment, beginning immediately where the previous episode left off, is like The Avengers for F&F fans.

With disparate characters from past episodes recalled to duty, it’s like Dominic Torreto (Vin Diesel) says to now-pregnant sis Mia (Jordana Brewster): “The family just got bigger.”

Still, getting bigger is what this car-crunching franchise is all about – and on that score FF5 doesn’t disappoint. Forget FF4’s opening gas-tanker heist. Here, we’ve barely taken our seats before Mia and ex-cop boyfriend Brian (Paul Walker) have busted Dom out of the prison bus we last left him on.

Say what you like about director Justin Lin’s lack of subtlety (or understanding of the laws of physics), but he knows how to kick-start an action movie.

Heading to Rio with intent to lay low, the trio then take a job for cash – hijacking three cars from a moving train in the film’s stand-out sequence. But double-crossed by their Brazilian partners, led by ruthless drug overlord Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida), the gang is falsely fingered for the murders of three US DEA agents on the train.

Enter tank-like federal super-cop Luke Hobbs (tank-like Dwayne Johnson), who storms into Rio to take them down. But can he do it before Dom and co – backed by an F&F dream team – pull off One Last Job?

With writer Chris Morgan carving his Brazilian villains from a boxset of Latino clichés, the influx of old friends is highly welcome. In particular, 2 Fast 2 Furious alumni Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris bag some choice lines, fuel-injecting the film with much-needed laughs. But the big arrival, of course, is Johnson.

Repeatedly going toe-to-toe with Diesel, as they’re auditioning for The Expendables 2, The Rock slots into this universe of dick-swinging machismo with ease – though a late-breaking character development will likely summon as many jeers as cheers.

Other toe-curling moments – from Lin’s tourist board aerial shots of Rio to Dom’s unconvincing chemistry with a Brazilian female cop (Elsa Pataky) – ensure this is no mould-breaker. But this being his third F&F in a row, Lin knows his crowd.

A brief visit to Rio’s street-racing scene shows he hasn’t forgotten the franchise’s origins, even if this at times feels more like The Italian Job with better cars.

And the finale – which leaves half of downtown Rio in tatters – sums up this series: full-throttle action that doesn’t care how preposterous it is.

Verdict:

Full of foot-to-the-floor action, bikini babes and gleaming hoods, /FF5/ makes no attempt to adjust the formula. But why should it? Converts may be scarce, but fans will lap up its major-league mayhem. Oh, and stay for the end-credits cliffhanger…

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    • Chevelle

      Apr 20th 2011, 5:50

      Awesome! can't wait to see it!

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    • flashfanatic1

      Apr 20th 2011, 13:33

      Overall looks promising though am a bit worried at the films running time, also i'd still like to see Lucas Black's character from Tokyo Drift included.

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    • moviemoments

      Apr 27th 2011, 23:17

      This is what I'm talking about!!!! This is what I call an action movie. Great story line, loads and loads of action. I just love it. In fact I love it so much that I'm planning to see it again and again. And I have to say I've seen it twice already. Forger Faster, Dwayne Johnson rocks in Fast Five. When he said : "And don't ever, ever let them get in the cars" I knew Fast Five is going to be just great. I was right when I said he will probably have more to say in Fast Five that he had in Faster where he was the main character. He was just great except few moments when he was talking so fast like he just wanted to finish his lines. Vin Diesel and Paul Walker make a good team and by working with director Justin Lin for few years they made a perfect action movie. Fast Five is full of beautiful cars, beautiful women ( and gorgeous men as well :-) ) and great music. Last song ( Danza Kudro ) when they open a safe is just perfect for that moment.

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    • timberlandsale

      Apr 29th 2011, 8:05

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    • Legacy3D

      May 2nd 2011, 16:11

      3

      The fifth instilment of the street racing movie franchise returns this time taking place in Rio de Janeiro. The events follow straight after the last movie, with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) being send to prison to serve 25 years to life. This does not happen however as Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) and Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster) bust him out before he has even reached prison. The three escape to Rio where they plan one last job to secure 100 million dollars before going their separate ways. To assist in getting the money they form a group which includes former cast members, Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) and Tej Parker (Ludacris). However DSS agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) is assigned to capture toretto and O'Conner before their plan can take place. While Rio drug lord (Hernan Reyes) try’s everything to prevent his money from being taken. The first thing I would say regarding this movie is if you’re not a fan of the series, then you won’t like this as there is nothing very different going on. The first 20 minutes feels as if it could have been shorted slightly as it drags on a little. In addition to this despite this being a Fast and Furious movie there could have been a little more plot line. Positives of this movie are the returning cast, along with new addition to the series Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson who is great in his role. Furthermore the car chases and action certainly does not disappoint. Overall Fast Five follows the same formula as all the others in the series. Fans will enjoy it but it won’t bring in any new fans who expect something different from the other four movies.

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    • tetley123

      May 17th 2011, 12:48

      4

      this was so much fun, i definately agree to watching it again and again as theres so much action and really entetaining. its taken the best bits of the series and put it into one. sometimes you have to suspend belief in some of the set pieces but you cant help but go along with the ride. this is what summer is all about, pure entertainment, its the nearest thing to the original, i actually felt i was back in the that cinema way back in 2001 seeing it for the first time. weather you got a train hiest, the rock v's deisel punch up, or a downtown carnage finale its just awesome.

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    • wolfskiss

      Oct 7th 2011, 5:29

      Well after seeing this film it is revealed that Mexico is a country who’s Police is sleeping, Nine American people went there and fooled the entire country what a rubbish movie it is? It was a total waste of time and money. Mr Vin Diesel is just pulling up the legacy of first movie. The hand print of the drug lord was of right hand on the scanner and the Diesel’s team took the left hand on the bikini of the lady, what rubbish is it? It was a foolish movie with lots and lots of mistakes and childish stunts which are no more liked by the public. Please Grow up Diesel?

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