Fast Five Review
The Fast & The Furious franchise has certainly been an interesting one. The first film was a huge success in 2001, with the sequel 2 Fast 2 Furious continuing the story of LAPD Officer Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker). The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift , which included all new characters, performed decently, while Fast And Furious, which reunited the core cast from the original, became the biggest hit of the series. Now, 10 years after The Fast & The Furious comes Fast Five. Fast Five brings together major characters from all of the previous films and introduces us to some some interesting new ones.
After breaking Dom (Vin Diesel) out of custody, Brian and Mia (Jordana Brewster) have been on the run from the law. After arriving in Rio, Brazil, they must pull off one final job to gain the freedom they’ve been searching for. They build a team made up of the best of the best to pull off the ultimate heist – robbing a powerful, corrupt businessman who essentially controls Rio with the help of the corrupt police force he controls. In addition, they’ve got Federal Agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) following their every move and ready to finally bust them all.
Fast Five literally explodes from the moment the film opens. The action in this installment easily beats out the previous ones – it’s all bigger, badder and more bad-ass. With the story of Fast Five, they’ve found a way to bring the plot points of the previous films together, as well as push it forward in a new direction. It’s a treat to see the familiar faces brought back in a way that isn’t contrived. While this certainly isn’t Shakespeare, everyone nails their role. Most interesting is The Rock as Agent Hobbs. This was a genius casting move. Diesel is the ultimate man’s man – and to see him go up against the other ultimate man’s man is an action lovers delight. These two make for a fascinatingly good cinematic “couple”.
Fast Five is quite possibly the best film in the franchise and certainly the most fully loaded model. This is a highly entertaining movie, and a great way to kick off the summer movie season of 2011.