Fast Five – Fast & Furious 5 | Movie Review
The wheels have yet to come off this car-crazy franchise and the fifth installment, set in a much grittier Rio than the recent screen version. A Smash-’em-up heist film sturdy enough to please much of the franchise fans.
Fast Five (Fast and Furious 5) director Justin Lin, back for his third go-around, opens it up in top gear; 30 seconds in and the first screech of tires hits the air. Former cop Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and girlfriend Mia (Jordana Brewster) along with some friends bust Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) out of a prison transport bus.
On the run in Rio de Janeiro, unlike the typical Rio location film, filled with the famously underclad residents and luscious beach backdrops. We get favelas and back-street garages and gun-toting bad guys. Still eye-candy did not lack; for we are given beautiful women (Jordana Brewster, Gal Gadot, Elsa Pataky) and many beautiful cars.
After making a mortal enemy of the city’s reigning drug lord, Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida), Dom and company find themselves in a jam that makes illegal street-racing look like kids’ stuff. With tank-like federal agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) hot on their trail and Reyes’ henchmen blasting at them with rocket-propelled grenades, Dom decides the only way to buy freedom is with $100 million of Reyes’ money.
So he assembles a dream team, calling in franchise favorites including Tej (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges), Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Han (Sung Kang) and Gisele (Gal Gadot) for “one last job.”
Big crashes, beautiful women and roiling testosterone, not to mention the addition of The Rock as a fire-and-brimstone federal agent – there’s plenty to pull in the audience that’s followed over a decade the turbo-charged adventures of a gang of street-racers.