The pattern seems to be that we usually do two movie reviews in succcession, and this time it's no exception. I guess it's because the big movies usually come out to compete with each other around the same time. Fast Five zooms (sorry, I cannot resist a car pun when I'm doing a review on a car movie :p) into cinemas to compete with Thor.
|The cast of Fast Five.|
You usually have a showdown between the good guys and the bad guys; well, in Fast Five, they take it up an extra notch by having a showdown between the good guys, the morally grey guys, and the bad guys. Lots of action ensues.
Before we continue, it might be useful to point out that Fast Five (#5) actually takes place after the Fast movies number #1 (The Fast and the Furious), #2 (2 Fast 2 Furious) & #4 (Fast & Furious) but before #3 (The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift). Confused? Yeah, me too. Basically, Tokyo Drift is sort of a stand-alone and a sequel to all these other movies that they've put out or are going to put out.
This instalment takes place after the incidents of movie #4, where Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) was sentenced to jail and then-FBI agent Brian O'Connor and Dom's sister Mia (played by Paul Walker and Jordana Brewster respectively) show up to intercept it and rescue him. They then split up, agreeing to meet in Rio de Janeiro.
There, Brian & Mia meet up with Vince (Matt Schulze; this is apparently a character from the first movie but my memory is kinda hazy seeing as it was a decade ago!) where they agree to partake in a car heist job. Dom shows up with the other accomplices during the heist, but the heist goes terribly awry and some DEA agents fall in the line of duty while protecting those cars. Some time during the heist, they also realize that the car heist is a scam, and that the person behind it, Hernan Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida), is only actually after one car.
|On the run... again.|
|The interesting Brazilian setting makes for great foot-chase scenes.|
|On the run from more than one.|
Fast Five is slick, over-the-top cool, daring and so action-packed that it's difficult to look away from the screen for even a second. It fulfills all requirements of a summer blockbuster; that is, fast cars, explosions, guns and of course, the customary hot, tough women.
Following in the footsteps of it's predecessor Fast & Furious (movie #4), it reunites the original cast from the first movie again. Vin Diesel, Paul Walker & Jordana Brewster all return; with the exception of Michelle Rodriguez's character Leticia "Letty" Ortiz (also Dom's love interest) who died in #4 which is really sad, because Fast Five doesn't feel the same without tough, wise-cracking Letty, the only girl who ever gave Dom a run for his money.
Fast's two leading men, Vin Diesel & Paul Walker are again solid. Really, not much acting is required in action movies like this, but Dom & Brian are roles that Diesel & Walker have really made their own. In fact, Diesel is so much Dom Toretto that I've all but started to think of them as one and the same. Heh. Diesel's every cocky smirk, face-twitch, jaw-tightening quirk add to the aloof, strong, tough demeanour of Dom.
Paul Walker, on the other hand, whom I guess is now an ex-FBI agent, also produces his standard Brian O'Connor performance. However, unlike the first movie, we no longer see any internal struggles, wavering between good or bad. Brian has presumably comfortably settled being in the morally grey, and that doesn't give Walker much to work with at all besides looking cool and saying cool lines. Again, it really doesn't matter in a movie like Fast Five.
|Hobbs and his chosen local officer to help him around, Elena (played by Elsa Pataky).|
|Tyrese & Ludacris provide good laughs.|
|Fan favourite Han (Sung Kang) from Tokyo Drift.|
|Israeli beauty, Gal Gadot as Gisele.|
|Gisele & Han test out a new way to get fingerprints. Watch out for this scene in the movie.|
|Santos & Leo on an interesting mission. Another funny highlight of the movie!|