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Fast Five

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Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead a reunion of returning all-stars from every chapter of the explosive franchise built on speed in Fast Five. In this installment, former cop Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) partners with ex-con Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) on the opposite side of the law. Dwayne Johnson joins returning favorites Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Matt Schulze, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Tego Calderon and Don Omar for this ultimate high-stakes race. Since Brian and Mia Toretto (Brewster) 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 they assemble their elite team of top racers, the unlikely allies know their only shot of getting out for good means confronting the corrupt businessman who wants them dead. But he’s not the only one on their tail. Hard-nosed federal agent Luke Hobbs (Johnson) never misses his target. When he is assigned to track down Dom and Brian, he and his strike team launch an all-out assault to capture them. But as his men tear through Brazil, Hobbs learns he can’t separate the good guys from the bad. Now, he must rely on his instincts to corner his prey…before someone else runs them down first. — (C) Universal

Director: Justin Lin

Writers: Chris Morgan, Gary Scott Thompson

Staring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson

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3 Reviews for “Fast Five”

  1. Tom Donelson says:

    There are movies that my daughter describes as popcorn movies, movies that you buy a big tub of popcorn and enjoy for popcorn movies are merely entertainment vehicle with nothing to say but have fun. Fast Five is that kind of movie, with the emphasis on edge of your seat car chases and non-stop action. The fifth installment of the Fast and Furious series maybe the best of the lot since it is essentially an all star fast and furious as all of the stars from previous flicks involved in a ton of car races.

    The key to the series has been the relationship between hard core racer and occasional criminal Dom Toretto played by Vin Diesel and cop Brian O’ Connor played by Paul Walker, who happens to fall in love with Dom Sister’s Mia played by Jordana Brewster. As one of Brian bosses told him in a previous fast and furious, “O’Connor, you know the difference between a cop and a criminal, one bad judgment call.” As the fourth installment ended, Brian joins the other side as he helps Dom escapes and that is where the fifth installment begins.

    Brian and Mia hides out at Vince’s home (played by Matt Schulze) in Rio de Janeiro; while waiting for Dom. (Vince is part of the family from the first Fast and Furious.) Vince sets up the gang with a job of stealing three cars from a moving train (adding to some more great car chases plus action scenes) but the find that there is one car in particular that is special to the man who hired them; a “business man” named Herman Reyes, who runs most of the illegal activities in Rio. Joaquim De Almeida, who has the role of Reyes, plays a great evil adversary, sleazy and nastily cruel.

    Least we forget, Dwayne Johnson (alias the Rock) is Luke Hobbs who leads a crack team of hunters with the goal of capturing Dom and Brian but as the story progresses, pardon the pun, he finds himself between a Rock and Hard Place as he stands between Reyes and Dom’s gang; not sure who is the true good guys.

    The crux of the story is that the attempt to steal the three cars goes awry and Reyes goes after Dom, who finds the secret to the one car that Reyes desperately wanted. Vince, who set up the gig, is actually working for Reyes but soon the full fury of Reyes’ organization is set up upon Dom, Brian and Mia and even Vince realizes what he has unleashed upon his friends.

    In retaliation, Dom decides to go after Reyes when he finds that the car contains a chip that has details on where Reyes keeps his cash. Dom brings back all of the stars of previous Fast and Furious series to steal the money and the plot takes on Ocean 11 quality (George Clooney version) as a group of all star thieves try to steal a bundle from an evil caretaker but Reyes is more evil than Terry Benedict character of Ocean 11 but not quite.

    So the rest of the movie, we see action pack car chases that has you at the edge of the seats. Hobbs attempts to capture Dom and Brian, but finds that his path is hindered by corrupt police officers and Reyes’ people who want to kill Dom themselves. It becomes a triangle with Hobbs chasing Dom’s gang but more evil group who seems to want to kill anyone in their path including Hobbs’ team. Hobbs is caught in a triangle that puts his life in jeopardy and Dom’s crew is looking a little less dangerous.

    The viewers are asked to suspend their beliefs as Dom’s gang essentially steal and drive a one big safe through downtown Rio while destroying most of the Rio’s supply of police cars and concludes with a dramatic ending resulting in a final confrontation with Reyes, Hobbs and Dom. Least I forget, one should stay through the final credits where an extra scene sets up a possible Fast and Furious Six.

    Fast Five is not design to win an academy but only to entertain and allow you to enjoy the popcorn, thus a real popcorn movie! While much of the pundits will pan Fast Five, the movie does what it is suppose to do; gives us car chases, some romance, a lot of actions, good guys, not quite good guys and some really bad guys in a duel to the death. What’s not to like.

  2. Steven James says:

    I had the pleasure of seeing this movie last night. Except for some really bad acting in the first 45 minutes, the movies was an excellent action film.

    The car chase scene at the end rivals any chase scene I’ve ever seen filmed. It was pretty amazing.

    Plus, I love the little teaser at the end to set up the next sequel.

    Very well done. I give it a four.

  3. Tim Ross says:

    I loved this movie… it has a great political message that may go unnoticed to many. When the antagonist in this film discusses the different approach between the Spaniards and the Portuguese when colonizing Rio… it was really a comment on government the people. The more the government “gives” the people, the more the people are beholden to the government. This movie is really about freedom and liberty. Defeat the bad guy, the people will have real freedom and liberty. Be sure to stay through the credits.

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