Movie Review – Fast Five (2011)

Fast & The Furious 5
Image courtesy of IMP Awards

Why is that we always get sucked into sequels. No matter which movie it is, we just can’t seem to get over the urge to go and watch it, and it’s no different in the latest of the Fast & The Furious franchise, Fast Five.

Fast Five is the fifth instalment in the series and has gone on to become a commercial success having reached the Top 100 Highest Grossing Films of all time.

Veering away from the car racing theme, Fast Five stands tall as an all action movie, thanks to its two heavyweight actors in Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson.

Actors/ Characters

Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Jordana Brewster return as Dom, Brian and Mia. Joining in on the action is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Luke Hobbs.

Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Matt Schulze, Sung Kang, Joaquim de Almeida and Elsa Pataky also star.

Plot

Fast Five starts where Fast & Furious 4 ended, with Brian and Mia helping Dom to break free and they escape to Rio de Janeiro.

Whilst in Rio they participate in a car heist, little realising that the cars actually belong to the local crime lord Hernan Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida). More than the cars themselves, it’s what’s inside the Ford GT40 that’s of more importance to Reyes, and that’s a computer chip with the location to Reyes’s fortune, $100m to be precise.

A scene from Fast Five
Images courtesy of IGN Movies

After being wrongly accused of the murders of DEA agents, Dom and his team are hotly pursued by Agent Luke Hobbs and his team, who will do anything to stop Dom and bring him back to justice.

After learning that Mia is pregnant, Dom decides to steal the $100m from Reyes in order to start a new life.

It is going to take Dom all his skills and a precision job to prise the $100m from Reyes, especially as Reyes has the whole of Rio’s police force at his disposal all the while trying to resist arrest by Hobbs.

Verdict

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, not because it was yet another sequel to the Fast & the Furious franchise, but because it was just a great action movie. They have also put less emphasis on the street racing scene and more on the action.

Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson in Fast Five

I think this movie would have been just as good as a stand alone action flick without the Fast & the Furious banner, and it’s great to see Vin Diesel doing what he’s great at – action films. Dwayne Johnson also deserves a mention as I thought he was really good up against Vin Diesel and I certainly wouldn’t mind seeing him in future sequels.

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