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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
A pretty cool entry in the Fast & Furious series; there are several side characters on Vin Diesel and Paul Walker's team but if they were all in previous films, they weren't all memorable (and even by the end of this film, I don't know all their names). A good setup at the end to want to continue the series.
Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and the crew are back for yet another action packed heist. This time, they're in Rio de Janeiro and this is their last job. But this time, they're doing it to buy their freedom. So what's the payout? $100 million from this guy, Reyes, the largest drug trafficker in Brazil. As they assemble the crew into position, they are tracked down by the FBI. The team is led by Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), one of the toughest guys in the FBI. He never misses his target. All Hobbs wants is for Reyes to be dead.
As the fifth installment in The Fast and the Furious series, there isn't a whole lot of new stuff that Fast…
Simply a classic action flick with the F&F spin on it. The way the movie uses the large cast can be slightly confusing at times, but they manage to carry the plot forward nonetheless. Of course, it seems like this movies entire purpose for the series was to set up the 6th movie and give the characters some money to work with in the future. Bringing Dwayne Johnson in on the action did make a difference though, since someone is actually attempting to hold up the law (which hasn't really happened in any other installment of the series).
Magnífico ensayo sobre como violar todas las leyes de la física.
It's forgettable garbage but at least it's entertaining forgettable garbage.
It's incredible, actually, how much life Fast 5 injects back into the franchise after a few missteps. I enjoyed all the previous films (even Tokyo Drift), but now I'm a fan. A really great action movie and an exciting heist film.
Bad like all the other ones but at least the vault scene is rad.
What a total reinvigoration of a stumbling franchise. Paul Walker continues to look like a flimsy, two-dimensional, vacantly smiling facsimile of a character and Vin Diesel is as gravely cheesy as ever, while Dwayne Johnson proves himself to be head and shoulders above other beefmachine actors in terms of both physical stature and charismatic, confident, well-embodied acting. He's like Schwarzenegger in his prime with a more naturalistic intensity. Truly the star of this film and that's in the midst of some of the most intense, ludicrous, thrilling heist and racing action of any Fast flick yet. And after the post-credits bit I cannot wait to see part six.
Brief Thoughts: ‘Fast Five' was sold as heist movie, a break from the series’ previous milieu of faux-intense, bubble-gum coloured street racing. But the truth is that ‘Fast Five’ is a heist movie in name only, and will only work as such for anyone who has never seen a real heist movie before (there’s a generation of teenage boys out there who probably think this is the cleverest movie ever made…). These sorts of set-ups thrive on tension, but how can there be any when your main characters are a team of unbeatable super-heroes who would give ’The Avengers’ a run for their money in the indestructibility department? There have to be rules for this stuff to work, and these…
- 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 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.