Movie Review: Fast Five

Earlier this week, I checked out the prescreen of Fast Five that is hitting the big screens tonight. The fifth installment in the Fast and the Furious franchise stars your favorite studs, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, alongside the sexy Jordana Brewster and all the other tough guys from the previous films.

In this film, Dominic (Vin Diesel) and the gang find themselves in trouble with the law again, as they balance trying to take down a powerful drug lord in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, while being chased by the US federal agents, led by Dwayne Johnson (formerly known as “The Rock”). Sidenote: It’s interesting that the film takes place in Brazil because in the past few weekends, the Box office has been dominated by the animated feature called “Rio”. It’ll be interesting to see what happens this weekend!

So as previously mentioned, the crew find themselves on a mission and in trouble once again. Their extended network of crooks are all brought together to help accomplish a mission to take down this drug lord, and split the over $100 million as their payday…working out to a little over $11 million each. As daunting as the task may be, money talks and well, it’s nothing a few fast, sexy cars can’t handle.

The movie goes in and out of the expected crazy car stunts and elaborate action scenes. I will say this, I thoroughly enjoyed all of them – especially the insane chase towards the end. That said, some of the cheesy action movie lines and unrealistic rescues sequences are not for everyone – you know who you are. The reason I say that is because the woman who was sitting beside me (who was also reviewing the movie) was constantly sighing at said parts, in essence vocalizing that she was above this movie. She actually ended up leaving halfway through. It was quite humorous.

One of my favorite parts about the movie was when Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson decide that they must work together to take down the drug lord. Here we have two iconic “leading man” action movie stars, bald head to head, working together (not before manhandling fighting it out first). At the moment where they saw past their differences for the greater cause they were fighting for, the audience actually cheered (and laughed). It was amazing.

OVERALL RATING: 3 out of 5 stars