Well, Well, Well…. where do I even start? We pick up right on the tail of the last installment. We get a couple of quick refreshers of the Toretto trial, and we are shown how ex-con Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and former cop Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker) pull off one of the most daring escapes on screen in the history of cinema, and become fugitives. The story evolves and as Brian, Mia (Jordanna Brewster), and Dom are backed into a cul-de-sac in Rio, in need of resources, they take on a seemingly easy job that makes them fall inadvertently on the wrong side of a Brazilian crime boss’ affection. Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida) is the king of the flavelas and the one man in Brazil you do not want to mess with.
Things get juicier when tough-guy federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), who never misses his target, is sent in to capture the fugitives with the help of an elite squad of special forces. In this already high pressure environment, Dom and Brian decide to assemble one of the best teams of bandits on big screen since the glory days of Ocean’s 11. It is an All Star from Fast and Furious past.
The team of top racing drivers is comprised of:
- Roman (Tyrese Gibson) from 2003 2 Fast 2 Furious
- Tej (Ludacris) from 2001 the Fast and Furious and 2003 2 Fast 2 Furious
- Vince (Matt Schulze) from the 2001 the Fast and Furious
- Han Lue(Sung Kang) from 2009 Fast and Furious
- Gisele Harabo (Gal Gadot) from 2009 Fast and Furious
- Leo (Tego Calderon) from 2009 Fast and Furious who also worked on the soundtrack of 2006 Tokyo Drift
- Santos (Don Omar) from 2009 Fast and Furious who also worked on the soundtrack of 2006 Tokyo Drift
The Really Good Stuff
If you had any doubt in 2009 when Justin Lin came on board as the director, then this was the way for him to answer you. The production is clever, and nothing is put to waiste. Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel are two of the driest actors in Hollywood today, and for Justin Lin to make them come alive in the way they do here is a phenomenal orchestration. Part of the credits go to the geniuses Chris Morgan and Garry Scott Thompson at the helm of the penmanship. The writing is so vivid that even the most impossible action stunts fall into place in the story and makes you say to yourself…”ok, I will take it, no problem.”
I am firm believer that heroes are as great as the competition that is put in front of them, and in this case, we have a duel gratification, pleasantly intertwined. On one side, you have Dwayne Johnson and his team of special forces carrying some heavy artillery, and on the other side, you have Joaquim de Almeida flanked with Fernando Chien carrying another set of heavy artillery.
You will love the scenery and arial shots of Rio as the team worked to give you this feeling of a poor man Gotham City town where the heroes don’t wear capes and don’t live in a manor, but in the ghetto, yet they kick some serious rear ends, and take names left and right.
We all knew it was coming, but when it went down…the tension was palpable in the theater. The clash of the titans, the Diesel vs the Rock was one of the best moments of the movie, and the way it is brought to closure stirred a gasp in the audience. This confrontation is filmed as a fight in small rooms, with the two opponents giving each other a run for their money. The camera angles are incredibly efficient, as you do not miss any piece of the action despite of the multi-location chaotic transition during the throw down.
The Women of Fast Five
This is one of the richest asset of the movie. The idea of putting Jordana Brewster, Gal Gadot, and Pataky made the whole concept go overboard. The woman in this movie are very much part of the action, and play on difference side of the drama. The sister, the bandit, and the cop and a triffecta of feminine action within with Vin Diesel navigates with great charisma. If the women of Sex and the City are your type of female performance on a big scream, this is definitely not a movie for you.
So in conclusion, Fast Five is the best settlement of the franchise history, so go watch it.