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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
I know the first FAST & FURIOUS is a classic, but this is my favourite of the franchise so far. I skipped the last FAST AND FURIOUS entry at the cinemas since it didn't look all that special, but I made FAST FIVE a priority, and I’m glad I did.
There’s very little street racing in the film, and the one scene we do get is actually pretty funny. But this is more a straight action flick with cars, and a heist movie along the lines of THE ITALIAN JOB. Just occurred to me that they've been wanting to make the sequel to that film (titled THE BRAZILIAN JOB) for a while now. Well I doubt they will, since TF&TF franchise…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
It may be a testosterone infused macho fantasy, but Fast Five is actually a lot of fun. The film is very slickly made, excitingly paced, and makes very good use of its Rio setting. Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and their gang are now in Rio planning a heist on a local kingpin (the ever suave Almeida). Complications arise from FBI cop Johnson also being there to arrest Diesel, guaranteeing a face-off that will enthuse action genre fans. Lots of absurdity ensues, which is okay, because otherwise we wouldn't get to see the magnificently choreographed, slam-bang action set-pieces and the jaw-dropping stunt driving that could only take place within the realms of a cinema screen.
Nearly everyone with a main role in a FAST AND THE FURIOUS film is back in the fifth movie along with newcomers Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and menacing Portuguese character actor Joaquin de Almeida. It picks up where FAST & FURIOUS left off: with FBI guy Brian O’Connor (Walker) and his gal pal Mia Toretto (Brewster) hijacking a prison bus and rescuing Mia’s brother Dom (Diesel) from a 25-year stretch in Lompoc. Then, vrrooom, the three fugitives are off to Rio, where they hook up with Dom’s old running buddy Vince (Schulze), who recruits them for a preposterous yet undeniably thrilling train heist directed by Lin with great alacrity. Like a Republic serial, FAST FIVE puts its heroes into a different…
Ridiculous and fun. Significantly better than all of the previous 'Fast' films.
Actually enjoyed it, although a couple of twists were pretty obvious.
Finally. The over the top bullshit kinda actually awesome entry this series needed. Plus Dwayne Johnson AND Vin Diesel? The bulkiest baldest men in Hollywood running after each other, fighting, driving and shouting while giving each other funny looks? If this is the direction this series is headed, I'm in.
A slick machine that is smarter than it needs to be (not that that is saying much), 'Fast Five' uses its characters well and its action even better. While a previous knowledge of the franchise would be the best way to watch the film, it is not necessary. Dwayne Johnson is a perfect addition to the cast, and I look forward to seeing him in future installments.
MY THREE WORDS
Muscle-bound, tough, smooth.
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And we're done!
Who would have guessed!
No I'm off to have my brain lobotomized.