Monday, January 21, 2013

Fast Five - (2011)


Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew of street racers plan a massive heist to secure their freedom while caught in between a Brazilian drug lord and a dangerous federal agent.

Our Review:

This is another one of those movies that I came into not knowing what to expect. Deep deep deep down inside I wanted something fresh and something that would hold my attention. The Fast and The Furious series  has always been known for its high octane race scenes and tricked out tuner cars. The first film had the perfect mix of drama, action and race scenes, appealing to street racing fans everywhere. It was also the film that boldly went where none have.

Unfortunately the sequels that followed failed to deliver that perfect mix we originally saw within the first movie. No more adrenaline rush, just  poor writing and acting all around. With all that said, Fast Five rocked the joint.

After making a U-Turn with Tokyo Drift, and botching Fast & Furious, director Justin Lin has re-ignited the franchise with exciting set pieces some well placed humor. He struggles a bit to effectively handle intelligent dialogue but shines when shooting the various fast-paced action scenes. We can see this during the heist of luxury cars aboard a train, during a chase along roof tops and hand to hand melee between Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Vin Diesel himself.

Dwayne Johnson arguably had the toughest role, making Toretto look like an absolute sissy, no easy feat if you ask me. Fast Five side steps much of the street racing action we're used to. The film picks up where it last left off, where Dom is busted out of the prison bus and they take off for Rio. Now we also get to backtrack just a bit and see some familiar faces. Our friends Vince, Roman, Tej from 2 Fast 2 Furious, Han and Gisele all make their return. Don't worry,  there are subplots which build on earlier story lines to help us along.

Morgan does a good job of not wasting any time, keeping serious moments to a minimum while keeping action front and center. Fast Five is bigger, louder, and more exciting than any of predecessors. Yes this is still a F&F film and yes  the script has its laughable moments.

If your a fan, you will without a doubt enjoy the film. Morgan's decent script coupled with Lin's firm grasp on the action and the familiar cast make this latest addition to the franchise a winner.

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