Fast Five (2011)

Anti-Heroes are so much cooler…
I’m not a car person. Not because it’s uninteresting, but I always felt like cars were more of a sub-culture than say, a hobby. The Fast and The Furious movie franchise mingles fast cars, women, violence, and guns into this big, dumb slushy of a film series. But it’s also very entertaining. And for better or worse, it’s a crowd pleasing franchise. Especially the last 3 films in the series, all of which were directed by Justin Lin. The latest, Fast Five, is apparently the film in which Mr. Lin decides to “floor it”; leaving more time on screen for explosions, chase scenes, and gun play. The thing that impresses me the most about Fast Five, is that as a continuing chapter in a movie franchise; it still holds up as its own film. And that’s more than I’m willing to say about other film series (Here’s looking at you Pirates).
What’s Going On?…


The plot of the film can be described as a heist film injected with nitro, where all the players involved are “specialists” of some kind, and they are all looking for one last job. None of them are old, or past their prime, but there is a sense that they are all living on a lit fuse. Sooner or later, their time will come. Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Jordan Brewster headline an ensemble cast of misfits, ex-cops, and mechanics desperate for the big score. Once the film gets past bringing the team together and formulating a plan, the action quickly takes over from there. Dwayne Johnson is in this film as a DSS agent, and he’s playing his wrestling persona in “Hot-shot Marine” mode. But the acting isn’t a problem here, stripped to bare minimum as to shift the focus toward “the job”. And the whole story with our “heroes” is watching them improvise their way into pulling off a seemingly impossible heist.
The players…
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordan Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Matt Schulze, Sung Kang, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. And they all get a chance to flex some muscle, pump some lead, or burn some rubber in the film. The on-screen battle between the two muscle masses that are Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson is a sight to behold. And you thought the Transformers 2  battle scenes were intense.
An explosive experience that doesn’t quite leave a mark, but will crack a smile on fans of the series and fans of the cast involved in the picture. I would say fans of cars would be intrigued as well, but the cars themselves serve (quite literally) as just the vehicles to build the true story upon. Don’t see it for the cars.


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