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Monday, May 9, 2011

Fast Five: Movie Review

2009's "Fast & Furious" brought the car-trending series into a more dramatic and serious tone. Gone are the days of mindless and silly (even bordering funny) plots. While The fourth film changed the tone and direction of the series, it also felt like it lacked the usual fast-paced action and zooming cars fans were accustomed to. "Fast Five" promises to change that and it did deliver. The film was almost testosterone-pumped from start-to-finish while still maintaining a mature feel. This is the best film yet in the series and definitely a looker for all types of viewers.

Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker), Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster) and the gang assaults the prison bus Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) is in. They are successful in getting Dom free but in exchange, the three are marked as fugitives and are forced to stay in hiding at Rio de Janeiro. To make ends meet, Brian, Mia and Dom go on a train heist mission. When the three decide to stray off the mission, they clash with Hernan Reyes, a corrupt and evil businessman. Worse, Reyes' henchman kills three DEA agents making the U.S.Government involved in the investigation - Special Agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) is sent to capture the three fugitives at all cost. Brian, Mia and Dom soon decide that they are in big trouble as Reyes and Hobbs are out to get them. They decide that a heist worth $100 million (of Reyes' money) is the only solution to their problems.

"Fast Five's" best move is to add Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson into the mix and you know why? Because The Rock just brought the series' action to new heights. Finally, we see someone matching up with Vin Diesel in terms of size and power, even more. Whereas the fourth film concentrated on developing the plot too much, "Fast Five" brings a more balanced mixed of action, drama, dialogue and even comedy. All of it culminates into the legendary fight between Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson. You just have to see it to believe it. It's probably one of the most memorable iconic fight scenes we have seen yet. It was so raw and so realistic that we won't be surprised if it was an actual fight between the two behemoths. "Fast Five" ultimately brings the series to new heights and missing to watch this is probably one of the worst decisions you will make this year.

Rating: 5 reels





Why you should watch it:
- The Rock and Vin Diesel in one film, the testosterone level just jumped to illegal levels
- this is not only the best film in the franchise, it is an evolution of what a car heist film is

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the film still tries to linger too much in past films making it a wee bit dragging on some parts


1 comment:

  1. The Fast and the Furious franchise has had its ups and downs, but I thought Fast Five ended up being the best of them all so far. I’m glad I have the Blockbuster Movie Pass because I’m pretty excited to see it again. Blockbuster will have Fast Five (like they have many of their movies) 28 days earlier than Netflix or Redbox. Being an employee of DISH Network I also love telling people that they can get 12 months of Blockbuster Movie Pass free when they sign up for DISH. And with Blockbuster Movie Pass’s extensive selection of by-mail dvds, blu-rays and video games. Add on-demand streaming and 20 movie channels into that mix and it comes out to a great deal.

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