By: Andy Chruscicki
Rating: 7.5 out of 10
Fast Five brings just as much excitement as its predecessors and with a lot of old favorites returning as well as the addition of Dwayne Johnson, it may be the best installment yet.
Fast Five picks up where Fast & Furious leaves off with Dom (Vin Diesel) being bussed to jail and being broken out by Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker) and his sister Mia (Jordanna Brewster). When a job in Rio goes bad, the three of them find themselves on the most wanted lists of theUnited States, but of one of the most corrupt business men in all of Rio.
To make things worse they are being chased by federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) who refuses to lose the trio. Now with the help of old friends, Dom, Brian and Mia must pull off one of the most impossible heists ever to get their freedom before times runs out for them.
One thing this film definitely delivers on is excitement and there is plenty of it. From the very intricate and well shot chase scenes to the visually beautiful stunts, Fast Five is fun from beginning to end. All the action does seem to mash together at parts, but it isn’t anything that would hurt the film or anyone’s experience viewing it.
Credit has to be given to director Justin Lin as he has put together a pretty good film. He seems very comfortable in this genre and it shows in the very well choreographed action sequences and the detail all of them have.
The acting for this film leaves more to be desired as well. Paul Walker’s surfer boy delivery is painful to watch at times making it seem like his character has no idea what is going on. There are a couple decent performances given here specifically Johnson as the intense federal agent Hobbs. Diesel, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Tyrese Gibson play their typical roles, so there isn’t much effort from them and it shows in their mediocre deliveries.
However, what puts this franchise above others is the fact that it has created a universe of very colorful and fun characters that have evolved as the series has gone on. This has assisted in making each installment welcoming to past viewers and also attracts new viewers as more are released.
What is also very interesting about Fast Five is that it has now solidified the franchises transition to series about racing to caper films and the transition has been very smooth and almost unnoticeable until this point.
Fast Five will be great for anyone looking to be entertained. If you are looking for a film with complex and intriguing characters and plot lines, you might want to look otherwise. In terms of where it ranks out of all the installments, the original The Fast and The Furious has it beat, but not by much.