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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
"You say what? This shit just went from mission:impossible to mission: in freaking sanity"
These movies are slowly improving, but not by much. I am glad the focus in this one is on a heist and not a dumb street race. But I didn't get too involved in this until the final chase scene and then I thought the movie was pretty fun.
Just to preface this review, I have never watched any entry in this franchise before this point. I decided to give them a go in the series entirety after being convinced that I will enjoy at least "one" of them. I've now watched part 5 and here is what I thought.
Wow. This is what I'm talking about. Aside from being a significant improvement over all previous installments, "Fast Five" pretty much has it all. This is the movie I was hoping I'd get while watching this series. Its exciting, funny, sexy, and dare I say even a little bit "smart". The formula here has completely changed and for the better. Clearly Justin Lin and company wanted to finally make…
καλή αλλά πολύ ψέμα βρε παιδί μου!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Vin Diesel and The Rock are goddamn national treasures.
After not really liking any of the first four F&F movies, my expectations for this one weren't particularly high, despite the good word of mouth.
Boy, was I in for a surprise. Especially because this is from the same writer & director as the super dumb third one and the mostly boring part four. I mean, Fast Five is still pretty dumb, but it's also a lot of fun. The spectacular action set pieces and heist sequences are totally great and while the characters remain pretty thin, they're enjoyably goofy and their relationships feel like they have some actual weight to them this time. Not bad for the fourth sequel of a movie that was pretty mediocre in the first place!
- 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.