Fast Five (2011)
Critic Consensus: Sleek, loud, and over the top, Fast Five proudly embraces its brainless action thrills and injects new life into the franchise.
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|Rating:||PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, sexual content and language)|
|Genre:||Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense|
|Directed By:||Justin Lin|
|Written By:||Chris Morgan|
|In Theaters:||Apr 29, 2011 Wide|
|On DVD:||Oct 4, 2011|
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Critic Reviews for Fast Five
Fast Five is grindingly mechanical -- and not just because of all the emphasis on car repairs and retooling.
Hard-core fans of the series with enjoy it but others should steer away from this over-the-top action flick.
Forty minutes of this movie are big dumb fun. The other 85 forget the fun part.
Has really transformed this series from camp action cinema to exciting heist cinema.
Audience Reviews for Fast Five
This series is not one of the best in the world. This movie isnt going to be the biggest blockbuster of summer 2011. No one is going to win an oscar from this. That said this movie was fun. In fact one of the more fun movies in the franchise. I am not sure if it was The Rock looking like he was just having too much fun or the extremely cute Jordana Brewster or even a very out of shape but still charming in his way Vin Diesel, the movie was a nice fun ride with the right humor, the right action. Not original in the least but a good popcorn flick to start off the summer.
A new film, a new venture and a whole new never ending stream of super modded cars for Toretto and his crew. No need for explanations on how they get these cars, they just get them, deal with it people.
Fairly disappointing, overly long and actually slightly dull new chapter in this chav/hip hop racer franchise. Amazing it has lasted this long really but the films have been a roller coaster of quality for me. First film was a boy racer flick complete with dumb neon underside lighting but fairly original and fun. Second film was a bit of a rehash with colourful new street racer characters and dripping in bling...was pretty awful.
Third film was a straight to the shops deal which many didn't like BUT is actually by far the most superior of the franchise due to the excellent and very realistic drift racing making it a proper street racing film. The fourth film regroups the original cast and has a drug running plot. This means the street racing has been pushed to one side in favour of generic action man hokum.
Now we have number five which seems to have ditched a lot of the street racing element and is more of an out n out heist flick. Along the lines of 'The Italian Job' remake with flashy over the top car/people stunts, the usual regular cliched team of criminals and the usual regular cliched breaking in techniques that we've seen so often now we could all break into banks ourselves.
Still impressed with the cast continuity though I gotta admit. Everyone is back again including Bridges from number 2 and Schulze all the way from the very first film. It is also of course the first introduction of Dwayne Johnson into the franchise and he fits in perfectly in all honesty. He stands around barking orders with his chest puffed out, arms glistening and holding large weapons.
There is a hint of street racing but that's all we get...a hint, we don't see the guys winning their fast cars. I think the stupidest scene in the film is where they race police cars together, they just waltz in and steal four cruisers, apparently, then try to make us believe that these regular police cruisers are fast souped up motors!! and manual!...they do realise the US mainly uses auto? (of course they used fast cars in reality as stand in's).
Highlight is the fight between Diesel and Johnson, two big slapheads grunting n sweating over each other which is pretty decent but after that it gets silly again as both Johnson and his female partner decide to join Toretto and his criminals in the heist! The final big chase/escape sequence is impressive with tonnes of carnage and wreckage, your basic common destruction porn fix. It does admittedly command your attention, yet I wonder how many innocent people Toretto manages to kill right at the end.
If you want street racing you won't find it here, this is a bank heist flick which isn't too original. Reasonable mindless fun but nothing new, seen this kind of thing so many times and this offers nothing new. This film marks the end for the street racing aspect in this franchise and enters the saturated action heist genre.
On a final note I might add...there's no way Toretto's Dodge Charger could ever compete against Brian's Skyline GTR at the end. How many times are they gonna try and show this to us??
An energetic, high-octane entry in the much celebrated 'Fast and Furious' franchise concerning Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) breaking Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) out of prison, and how they get their gang back together to do a job in Rio de Janerio in hopes of buying their freedom back, all while being tailed by a tough as nails government agent (Dwayne Johnson). The first 'Furious' film does hold a nostalgic piece of my heart, given it was a movie I really enjoyed growing up, and even though I told myself I would not go back after the horrible second film, I decided to give this one a try after the sudden, heartbreaking death of Paul Walker, coupled with this film in particular receiving positive buzz. The result is a brainless action movie that fully embraces its own ridiculousness while adopting the plot line of "The Italian Job" and pushing the pace ten times past the normal limit. The acting is appropriately over the top to compliment its insane plot line, especially Johnson who really gives this franchise the energy it needed, and the chase scenes and plot twists are largely enjoyable despite being completely predictable for the most part. Basically it is almost impossible not to have a great time watching this movie, and for that it accomplishes its job more than well.
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