Fast Five (2011) – Review

A new instalment from the well oiled machine of The Fast & Furious franchise.

In the ten years since The Fast & The Furious hit cinema screens it has spawned another four films, including the no-so-successful Tokyo Drift. For this new tale, Director Justin Lin takes the action to Rio. Mia and Brian (Paul Walker) have broken Dom (Vin Diesel) out of this prison truck and the gang head to Rio where they soon take a job organised by old pal Vince. The job naturally isn’t all it seems and they soon find themselves in trouble with Rio’s most dangerous businessman and drug lord, Reyes. Dom decides to get a crew together from the franchise’s past to do one last job to get enough money so they can all disappear. However, their recent actions have attracted the attention of Federal Agent, Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), a man that’s called in when things get really rough and they need trouble sorted out with no questions asked.

What then occurs is a fast action ride through the streets of Rio with plenty of gun fire, wheels and brooding one-liners from Dom. The storyline has moved on from the first film and so have the characters. It is hard to keep up with whether Brian O’Connell is on the right or wrong side of the law again and to confuse audiences more the film is once again a prequel to Tokyo Drift.

Despite having two fantastic cars sequence, Fast Five lacks on the racing that got the films so popular in the first place, with audiences being robbed of seeing Brian and Dom win in car for car street races. Such missing essences detract from the big spectacal that Fast & Furious has become.

The fight scene between Diesel and The Rock is one of the film’s highlights, pitting two of cinema’s biggest built stars against one another for the first time. The Rock has definitely doubled in size and his old school brawl with Diesel won’t disappoint viewers.

Whether there will be another film to grace our screens in years to come is anyone’s guess. Lin has tied up all the loose ends nicely in this recent flick, but no one can say whether we will hear the screech of car tyres and the sound of nitrous injection once more.

Best scene: The chase with the vault attached to the two cars, even if it is a little unbelievable.
Best line: Hobbs – ‘Above all else, we never ever let them get into cars’
Best performance: Vin Diesel for the ability to be so cool by saying so little.

The first Fast & Furious film to be released in IMAX.

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