Fast Five Goes Extreme

Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster

Director: Justin Lin

Genre: Action, Crime

When I heard a new Fast and The Furious movie was being made, it crossed my mind that it would probably end up being another one of those sequels which should never have been made. However on getting into my seat at the cinema, the movie had me spellbound for the whole duration.

For those who saw the last Fast & The Furious movie, the opening of this one would make a whole lot of sense. Then again if you’re one of those that don’t mind what they’ve missed, then you would equally be able make sense of this movie.

After Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker) and Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster) led a team to rescue Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel), who was being moved to prison for a number of crimes captured in the previous movies in the franchise, they moved to Rio De janeiro-Brazil to lay low. While in Rio, they get recruited for a job which involves stealing cars from a train and things go downhill from there. To secure a clean slate and start afresh, Dom calls in a couple of familiar faces to help pull off one final heist which would fetch the team $100million. However that won’t be a piece of cake as they’ve got renowned federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) on their tail trying to bring them in, and then there’s the issue of the drug lord, Hernan Reyes, who wants them dead.

Unlike the previous movies in the franchise, Fast Five is not filled with car race scenes (though the few that exist might have you reaching out for an imaginary gear stick trying to get into the action as well). Whilst some of you reading this might get skeptical about going to watch the movie seeing as you just read it’s got fewer race scenes, don’t. What this installment lacks with regards to numerous car race scenes, it compliments with its action sequence.

Justin Lin added a new dimension to this movie and he did a good job combining each of the main acts for they all managed to capture the attention of viewers thanks to their intrinsic roles and characters. The addition of Dwayne Johnson (better known as The Rock to some) is another decision worthy of recognition and applauds, as he played the role of “Tough Cop” perfectly and almost, just almost, seemed to steal the show from Vin Diesel.

Humor, a well packaged script/lovely storyline, considerable amount of gunfire and a decent running-time.  Now why wouldn’t I want to go see this movie again. Only regret I had while watching Fast Five (other than having in the viewing room with me, some of those “Nollywood people” that clap and scream at each interval), would have to be my inability to rewind some of those intense and rib cracking scenes.

If you have seen the previous Fast & The Furious movies, then you ought to see this one as it’s the best in the franchise. And if you loved Italian Job, Oceans 11 and Bad Boys 2, or you’re just a lover of the Action genre, then this movie is for you too. This is one of those movies you can’t afford to wait till it’s out on DVD so check the viewing time of a cinema near you and go check it out.

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  1. dha8893 says:

    I as well originally believed that Fast Five would just be another pointless action sequel to the Fast and Furious series (like Too Fast Too Furious). However, the themes in this movie were unusually complex and the personal conflicts among the characters were so real and emotional that when Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) said that he would “stay behind,” tears almost came to my eyes since this action was so contrasting with his usual punk character. But, obviously, family comes first. All in all, this movie was full of action, emotion, conflict, and satisfaction.

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