Fast Five (2011)

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Dave’s 3-Word Review:
There it is!

There comes a time in your life where you know something is bound to happen eventually, it’s just not knowing exactly when. Like The Fast and the FuriousI knew it was bound to get really good at one point, it was just a matter of when they figured everything out. When they figure out their strengths and throw out their weaknesses, you suddenly got something special. Fast Five is the fifth film in the franchise, and saying its good is putting it lightly. This film brought something new to the table and breathed new life to the series. It’s what I’ve been waiting for.

After Brian staged an escape plan for Dom, who recently was sentenced to 25-life in prison, he lost his position with the FBI, and escaped to Rio to evade the police. There, he meets up with Vince from the first F&F film, who hires Dom and Brian to rob a train, which should be an easy job…until they were set up. When two DEA agents are murdered, Dom and Brian are named, and the toughest federal agent with a knack for finding anyone comes after them. They then decide that they need a way out of this life when Mia informs Brian that she is pregnant, so after they put together a team consisting of all five film’s cast, they plan to pull off the biggest heist ever seen.

I don’t know what they did specifically in the writers’ room to promote such a shift in how the films are made, but thank Jesus. As a collection, up to this point, Fast Five surpassed the rest, while still paying tribute to the other films. It had everything you’d ever want from the series and more, a good cast, amazing action sequences, captivating story, and unforgettable villains. It took everything you loved about the franchise, mixed it with a little Oceans 11, and voila, a cocktail that tastes just right.

The cast is nothing if not brilliant. It had our heroes, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, and the main players from all films – including Vince, Mia (F&F1), Rome, Tej (F&F2), Han (F&F3), and Gisele (F&F4) – and those are only the ones I could think of off the top of my head. This awesome cast, well most of it, can be seen in both the sixth and seventh films as well, which is in my humble opinion…pretty huge. The action sequences have also raised the bar, starting with an incredible modern train robbery scene and ending with one of the coolest robberies I have literally ever seen. The story is a heist, but as I’ve mentioned in my first review, the best part of this series is wrapping a seemingly ordinary crime and change it so cars are a major character – which they did tenfold, and it was epic. Finally, our villains were just as memorable, especially Dwayne Johnson as the tough specialty agent. I’m telling you…it doesn’t end.

I’m so glad that they were able to see the importance and relevancy of their characters in this one. Out of all five films, this is the one that probably had the least focus on the cars, even though they were still important. They focused on a lot of character stuff, and had these people doing things while roaming around as well – maybe just to see if they could even do it…and they definitely can. My only issue lies in the fact that I was spoiled on the sixth film before I even started the series, and if I can be spoiled that easily, so can anyone.

The Good:

Almost everything. Blending together F&F and Oceans 11 was a perfect mix; bringing together the best characters from previous installments was a perfect idea; Bringing in new characters to be used in further installments was also an incredible idea, especially for Dwayne Johnson; the action was absolutely intense, and the best the series has had to offer yet; overall it is a very entertaining film.

The Bad:

Still not one I’d consider for a buy. Maybe that’s just my personal bias, but still…I believe the film has potential for making me want to buy it, but as of right now…no – just a rent for me.

Memorable Quote:

Brian O’Conner: You realize we’re talking about going up against the most powerful guy in all of Rio?

Dominic Toretto: Yes, we are.

Brian O’Conner: Then we’re gonna need a team.

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