Fast Five

Fast Five is a 2011 UNIVERSAL PICTURES action film and is the fifth film in The Fast and the Furious film series.  It is the fourth film in the series chronologically, following 2001’s The Fast and the Furious, 2003’s 2 Fast 2 Furious, and 2009’s Fast & Furious, and preceding 2006’s The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo DriftFast Five was released in conventional theaters and IMAX theaters.

The film stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Matt Schulze, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Tego Calderón, Don Omar, and Dwayne Johnson.

The music is written and composed by Brian Tyler.

The story and screenplay is written by Chris Morgan.

The film is produced by UNIVERSAL PICTURES, ORIGINAL FILM, and ONE RACE FILMS.

It is directed by Justin Lin.

Well well well…what can be said about Fast Five?  When I first saw the trailer to this movie, one thing came to my mind.  I looked at my friend that had not seen the trailer yet and described it as, “It’s like the writers sat around a table, wrote about half a page, then took the page, tore it up, and said, ‘FUCK IT! Whose got ideas???  What do you want to see in this movie???”

Seeing the midnight showing of this movie with Brunden and Craig…I don’t think I’ve heard more laughter all year.  It was just crazy stupid fun.  Nothing really made sense in this movie.  It was almost like they figured out what action sequences they wanted in the movie, worked out where in the movie they should all be, then write a story based around the action.  This is definitely a movie to walk into and turn your brain off.

With that said, I have to say this is far better than the last film to come out in the series, Fast & Furious.  The problem with the last film was that it was a mindless action movie with cars that thought it was something bigger…like a good movie.  This is where Fast Five shines.  Not only does it know its a over-the-top intense thrill ride…but it THRIVES on it!!!  By the time they are dragging a huge safe around the streets of Rio with 2 Dodge Chargers while the Rio PD and the villain of the film give chase…you pretty much just throw your hands up in the air and say fuck it!!!

A huge plus over the last film was the addition of 2 Fast 2 Furious cast members Tyrese Gibson and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, as well as The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift‘s Sung Kang.  While his character, Han, appeared in Fast & Furious, he was only in the movie for about 6 minutes.  Adding in Fast & Furious‘ Tego Calderón and Dom Omar and the AWESOME cherry on top of the cake, Dwayne Johnson, I knew it would be a fun ride!!!  All of these guys added that much needed sense of fun to a cast that, for some reason, takes itself WAY TOO seriously.

The epic throw down between the two biggest guys in the film, Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson, was pretty hardcore.  Unfortunately, the end result was a let down to me personally.  Plus the whole idea of Vin Diesel challenging THE ROCK to a fight just seems “ludacris”!!!  HA!!!  Let’s be honest…Vin Diesel is a big guy.  He works out and he is very intimidating.  However, he’s only about 5’7″ or so.  I’ll even give him an extra little height.  Let’s say he’s 5’10”.  Dwayne Johnson is 6’4″, 260 lbs!!!  It’s no contest!!!  There’s a scene in the movie where the two of them stare each other down face-to-face.  The camera conveniently doesn’t show the soapbox that Vin Diesel has to stand on in order to be eye-to-eye.  Also, you can clearly see the shoulder and arm difference in the two men.  I actually really enjoyed this scene.  It was fun to laugh at.

Composer Brian Tyler delivers another generic score to add to the random rap music playing throughout the movie.  I like Brian Tyler when he delivers a good score, he just rarely does.

The acting from all around was just…well…you know, it’s Vin Diesel and Paul Walker.  How good are you expecting the acting to be anyway???

A down side is the lack of cars in the movie.  With a franchise like this…you expect to see some wicked cars.  This movie had really nothing in that aspect going for it.  There’s only one real drag race in the whole movie, and they are all the same car!!!  Speaking as a guy that used to work on import and domestic custom cars, I missed them ALOT!!!

But overall, if you can get past the horrible acting from Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, then Fast Five should be a fun ride for you to see.

a 7 out of 10

(release date: 29 April 2011)

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~ by Matt Whitfield on May 6, 2011.

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