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Get the Fifth Gear.
Former cop Brian O'Conner partners with ex-con Dom Toretto on the opposite side of the law. Since Brian and Mia Toretto broke Dom out of custody, they've blown across many borders to elude authorities. Now backed into a corner in Rio de Janeiro, they must pull one last job in order to gain their freedom.
As unapologetically cheesy and joyously entertaining as the last time I watched it. I still can't believe the fifth instalment in a poor franchise could turn out as good as this.
The idea to take a creatively stalled and uninteresting series which somehow managed four films with the world's most boring characters and a plot that collectively amount to "hey, cars are cool, aren't they?" and change that into an exciting, intriguing, fast-paced heist series that uses its obsession with cars to its advantage was probably the greatest stroke of genius of 2011.
The characters don't get much development, but did you expect/want them to? Justin Lin and crew know where their best assets lie and thankfully, that's in creating a fun heist movie rather than attempting Cars: The Movie But Not The Pixar Movie, Part V. Also, somehow they got an amazing and potentially career-defining role out of Dwayne Johnson,…
Well, my oh my... Justin Lin just broke the old Hollywood sequel law and created the best flick of the entire series!!!
Not really a great accomplishment considering that the entire series was garbage, eh?
How smart can Lin be if:
- he adds emotional punches to fool audiences that the film has actually some depth?
- he extends the average running time 10 minutes more to construct his own "Ocean Nine" ripoff?
- he recruits The Rock in a role that suits him and has more muscle mass than Vin Diesel?
- changes the whole street-racing idea and turns it into an entirely different film with an ambitious drug lord, Brazilian guns, a larger ensemble cast, drama, comedic…
At this time I would like to apologize to every car-related movie I have ever trashed. Crash... Drive... Gran Torino... Herbie Goes Bananas. I hated all of you but you didn't make me want to jump off my balcony and end it all.
Every bad character introduction, every stilted wisecrack, every pan over the Christ statue, every note of 1998 era generic electronic/rock fusion soundtrack, every unnecessary camera swoop around characters hunched over brooding, staring at each other awaiting a nod signaling mutual respect, is another knife into my spine making me pray for sweet death. The dialogue may as well be the noise of the Charlie Brown teachers, it serves as much purpose. Bwa bwa bwa bwa cars. Bwa bwa let's go bwa bwa bwa. It's all just visual noise, car porn, and any scene that could be potentially good is ruined by something else.
Recommended for fans of tight t-shirts and sweat.
There are a couple of things that don't make sense.
First of all, I hate anything and everything motorsports related, I don't care about cars at all and know next to nothing about them. Yet for some reason I have seen every single one of the films in this ludicrous franchise.
Secondly, how is it possible that the fifth film in a franchise is the best? And not by just a little bit, but by quite some margin? Makes no sense whatsoever.
Suffice to say, I enjoyed this quite a bit. There is this scene at the beginning where Walker and Diesel drive a car off a cliff. That scene instantly betrays that…
So I guess I was lying when I said that Tokyo Drift was my favourite out of the F&F series. It is pretty evident that Fast Five is better than the entire series combined when the train sequence near the beginning comes to an end. I mean, what an action scene. The concept is pretty great, and I think the execution of the concept is pretty great as well. And that's really why Fast Five shines. There is a sense that everyone involved wanted to make something big and bombastic, and this is definitely evident on screen.
So now having seen the entire series, with tickets for the sixth film already purchased for tonight, I give you my ranking of the films.
Updated after seeing Furious 6
1. Fast Five
2. Furious 6
3. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
4. 2 Fast 2 Furious
5. The Fast and the Furious
6. Fast & Furious
Great movie and the bank vault scene was my favorite and kudos to Justin Lin for his vision for this movie and Fast 6 plus Tokyo Drift.
I definitely expected more fun out of this. While the opening and closing heists were exciting and imaginative, nothing in between really held my attention. There isn't much to any of the characters, and the feeling of family and comaraderie between the characters really seems to depend on the viewer's attachment to previous films in the series.
The swan song of practical cinema.
Most say this is the best film of the series, and what's oddly important about that is this film is so unlike the first four. The street racing, bright toy like cars, and hundreds of wildly dressed, skinny girls is toned down and this movie is turned into a heist based film where the racing is no longer just racing. Although the sex-selling racing scene was what kept me in this series, this twist is good and is quickly growing on me.
We’re taken to the streets of Rio in Fast Five, whereby Dom (Vin Diesel), Brian (Paul Walker) and Mia (Jordana Brewster) bring together characters from every previous film to take down Mob-boss Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida). Again, Justin Lin directs an action-packed, rough-ride with the added bonus of Dwayne Johnson playing the FBI agent extraordinaire ‘Hobbs’, intent on catching the fugitives. Bullish-cars, gun-fights and bald-men-fighting deliver on their promise of testosterone-fuelled entertainment and returning cast members give a sense of camaraderie that has lacked previously. Fast Five knows what we like, and Lin has created a film-formula that absolutely works.
This is awesome. Completely elevated above the rest of the series. It's ridiculous of course but I just loved every minute of it. What the hell is up with The Rock sweating so much?
Dominic Toretto and his crew of street racers plan a massive heist to buy their freedom while in the sights of a powerful Brazilian drug lord and a dangerous federal agent. - IMDB
THEY DRAG A FUCKING HUGE ASS SAFE ALONG THE STREETS WITH CARS FOR WHAT SEEMS TO BE LIKE 30 MINUTES!
A FUCKING HUGE ASS SAFE!
A good popcorn flick, and great action movie. Has everything you could ask for in a Nos fueled, adrenaline soaked, explosion filled movie. The rock is a decent addition to the film series, and adds another facet.
Entered Flickchart at 564
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