Fast Five

2011

Fast Five

Critics Consensus

Sleek, loud, and over the top, Fast Five proudly embraces its brainless action thrills and injects new life into the franchise.

77%

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Total Count: 198

83%

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User Ratings: 139,422
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Former cop Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) partners with ex-con Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) on the opposite side of the law. Dwayne Johnson joins returning favorites Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Matt Schulze, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Tego Calderon and Don Omar for this ultimate high-stakes race. Since Brian and Mia Toretto (Brewster) broke Dom out of custody, they've blown across many borders to elude authorities. Now backed into a corner in Rio de Janeiro, they must pull one last job in order to gain their freedom. As they assemble their elite team of top racers, the unlikely allies know their only shot of getting out for good means confronting the corrupt businessman who wants them dead. But he's not the only one on their tail. Hard-nosed federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) never misses his target. -- (C) Universal

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Critic Reviews for Fast Five

All Critics (198) | Top Critics (43)

  • Fast Five is grindingly mechanical -- and not just because of all the emphasis on car repairs and retooling.

    Oct 7, 2011 | Full Review…

    Leah Rozen

    TheWrap
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  • There's arguably even more gun and car play than in F&F4, with the prolonged car chase finale easily chiming in as the best, most imaginative one in the franchise so far.

    Jun 16, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • [Johnson's] skin looks as though it's been slathered in butter; his enjoyment is infectious and keeps the movie speeding along.

    May 9, 2011 | Full Review…
  • That force of chaotic and unsatisfiable desire that Freud called the id is much closer to the surface in a movie like "Fast Five" than ever before in action-cinema history, and part of Lin's peculiar genius is that he barely tries to conceal it.

    Apr 29, 2011
  • The chemistry of the core cast - steered by Vin Diesel and Paul Walker - keeps this outing from running on fumes.

    Apr 29, 2011 | Rating: 2/4
  • The whole thing progresses to one of the looniest heists of all time. The result is the most exciting, visually jazzy, and absurd entry in the series.

    Apr 29, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fast Five

  • Apr 12, 2017
    Ah, the film that kicked off the new breed of Fast & Furious films, Fast Five. The film that gathered all of the fan favorite characters from previous films into one gigantic ensemble. Throw in Dwayne The Rock Johnson and you have yourself what may be the best the franchise will ever be. I've had a hard time ordering which F&F film is actually the best/my favorite. 5,6, and 7 all are tremendous. They know exactly what type of film they are and what type of film they're not. Perhaps Fast Five takes the cake for being the first to truly embrace the ridiculousness of the franchise. Even with the previous film, there was a little bit of tone deaf at times with the writing. However, Fast Five takes the series to a whole new level in terms of tone, characters, and even genre. In many ways, this was a soft reboot for the series. Essentially, the characters become superhuman with qualities they just didn't have before. As far as I'm concerned, Tej was never a tech genius, Mia was never able to hack into police scanners, and Roman was never scared of anything. All of those were added in to service the story they wanted to tell in Fast Five. You know what? That's completely fine by me. A soft reboot was exactly what these films needed. If that was what we needed to do to have the characters pull off an insane heist and have a blast doing it? I'm all in. The Rock (aka franchise Viagra) adds another layer to the film as well. Gone are the days where Dom & Brian are going after one another. Now, you have 260 pounds of pure muscle going after the entire crew, and boy is it worth it. Not only is it mind-blowingly entertaining to watch Diesel and Johnson fight, Johnson actually brings a lot to the role of Hobbs. These movies have always been keen on establishing an inner code/morals for each character, and Hobbs' code works well alongside and against Dom's. Apparently, the role was originally going to be Tommy Lee Jones, but I can't imagine anyone better than The Rock to play him. Much like the previous film, Fast Five does a great job of reestablishing past relationships, developing new ones, and doubling down on the action. This series is half about family and half about how insane each stunt and action sequence can be. By this point, they nearly abandoned the street racing part for the heist angle, and it works. Heck, even the one time they do have a "race", it's entirely off-screen. Fast Five is the epitome of what the series has become and I'm not sure a film has matched the incredible pacing and contagious chemistry between the ensemble. +Enter, The Rock +Dom vs Hobbs +Doubles down on emotion & action +Soft reboot serves the series well -Even if some of the character changes don't make much sense 9.5/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Aug 31, 2016
    This franchise couldn't have needed a more fresh breath of air than this gave it. Justin Lin and Dwayne Johnson both saved this franchise. Paul Walker and Vin Diesel turn in their usual bland performances, but Dwayne Johnson's Hobbs character is what the franchise needed as Paul Walker was never really that menacing as "the guy on the side of the law." Vast improvement over the 4th installment, although that's really not that high of a bar to jump over.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2016
    The first Fast & Furious film I actually somewhat enjoyed. It's ridiculous, I know, no two ways about it, but I can hack that in return for actually having fun. The Rock in particular makes for a top addition to the series.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 19, 2016
    Extremely over the top, fun, hilarious and filled with Fast and Furious cliches that we know and love. Fast Five reinvigorates the franchise and helps it move forward to a bright future!
    Mr N Super Reviewer

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