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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 guess I just don't "get" these movies. People tell me they're bad enough to be good, but the couple I've seen were just... mediocre. Some funny parts, some attractive ladies occasionally, but that's it. Meh.
Talk about taking a boring franchise that was already dead, only to upgrade it with one of the most energetic, fast-paced, and incredibly entertaining summer films I've seen in a while. Although there's a still a little bit of goofiness and implausibilities to be found, "Fast Five" is definitely a more serious approach to the franchise, making the ultimately smart decision of turning into a bank heist film, instead of just a car racing film. Director Justin Lin provides the franchise's most entertaining and well-made action scenes that drive the film (no pun intended), and are "balls-to-the-wall" entertaining from one scene to the next. There are fun, if workable, performances, along with some great comic relief and touching moments as well. "Fast Five" is an easily re-watchable film that made the franchise get better.
Its the most overatted movie of 2011 for sure but its a decent heist flick and the rock's there to do what's he does best be awesome.
A okay action movie.
That was some insane driving action movie I have ever seen.
Turning point of the series. More action, a bit more serious and grown-up. Although ver far from where it all started at.
Large improvment over the last one and easily the best in the franchise so far. The action scenes are cool and very fun and the hiest element adds a great new element besides endless racing. The cast is very fun to watch as well.
When the very first line uttered is internally inconsistent and utter nonsense it gives you a good idea what you're in for. The things people will see this for are well done, physics defying action pieces but there's never any real suspense because the whole thing is completely predictable - like a really expensive Roadrunner cartoon.
I heard that Dwayne Johnson put on thirty pounds of muscle for this role. I'm not sure why. The role doesn't require it. My guess is that he wanted to make sure he looked like a credible opponent for his fight with Vin Diesel, but he ended up looking like he could snap Vin in half without trying so the fight lost credibility anyway.
'Fast 5' allows for a smooth transition into a heist film while giving the characters more development, the franchise more brain, and much more memorable - and just flat-out better - action.
- Sharky's Machine
- Absence of Malice
- On Golden Pond
- Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip
- Inglourious Basterds
- Hobo with a Shotgun
- Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
On Facebook last night, I discovered a picture that was relentlessly amusing. It read 'replace one word in a movie…
- Safety Not Guaranteed
- Charlotte's Web
- Final Destination 2
- The Silence of the Lambs
And we're done!
Who would have guessed!
No I'm off to have my brain lobotomized.