Friday, May 13, 2011

Fast Five

Fast Five was not a good movie.  Add to that fact that I have to rewrite my review of it because of blogger being weird and that makes it a horrible movie.

Seriously though, this movie franchise has made a ridiculous amount of money since the first filmed dropped in 2001.  This film does the best job of recapturing the feel of the original and has received generally positive reviews from other critics.  I personally don't care for these action films too much, but these people know their audience and this time, at least, they've delivered exactly what they were expected to.

In contrast to the other Fast and Furious sequels, this movie returns a good deal of the cast from the orignal movie, with Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Jordana Brewster reprising their roles as Dominic, Brian and Mia respectively.  This film is almost entirely focused on action--as expected--and the opening sequence sets the tone for the rest of the picture when Brian and the gang try to rescue Dom from a prison bus at blazing speed.

Later on, the crew pulls a job to steal cars from a train but one car becomes particularly important to one back-stabbing individual (who will go unnamed in this review) who sets up the rest of the gang for multiple murders as he makes off with a microchip.  Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) is assigned to track down the group of thieves and bring them in at all costs. 

The plot drags noticeably around the double-cross scene and it never fully recovers, but I guess this is a decent way to waste 2 hours.  Plus, if you're a fan of the franchise then you already know what you're getting and you're going to love it.  The audience gets a happy ending for Brian and Mia, Dominic's long-suffering self-sacrificing character doesn't dissapoint and, unsurprisingly, there's a twist ending that sets the stage for yet another sequel.

By the way, the number of deaths in the USA for automotive accidents and gunshot fatalities are almost the same every year.  So the whole idea that a loveable pack of thieves being set up for murder is horribly unfair is a little thrown out of whack when you consider that these people race down city streets in speeds in excess of 140 mph.  Drive safe out there.

3/5 NOS tanks, DOG!


  1. Pretty nice review bro!

    I was actually thinking about going to see the movie.

  2. I didn't expect this to be good anyway. Who did?