The highly anticipated and successful 5th part of the Fast and Furious franchise hit the theaters with record performance: over $86 million on its debut weekend (the highest theatrical April opening weekend of all time)! Here’s a quick look at The Good, Bad, and Amazing of director Justin Lin’s Fast Five!
The Good. Fast Five impressively blends the styles of films such as Ocean’s Eleven, The Italian Job, and The Fast & The Furious. It surprisingly blends them in an appetizing way that may please even the picky-est of cinematic palettes. Fast Five, like the other films mentioned, connects a series of events that keep the attention while the reunited crew take a course of action on a path to revenge and justice….street style. The heart pounding and adrenaline pumping scenes in the film rarely disappoint. (One disappointment for myself= not enough actual racing like the first two installments had).
Another good part of Fast Five: The individual storylines among the characters made for an added part to the film that remained necessary and vital in order for the other actions of the characters to remain credible in the plot. A lot more impressive than the last two films in the series!
The Bad. Speaking of disappointments. Aside from the lack of racing and staying true to form in that aspect of the franchise, a somewhat unrelated opening sequence and the requirement to accept certain outlandish physics remain on the list of other disappointments. Sure, it’s cool to see two Dodge Chargers pull a security bank vault full of money through the streets of Rio De Janeiro, but I am waiting for Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman of Mythbusters to show that the vault would control the speed and direction of the cars most of the time instead of the other way around! Ah…gotta love Hollywood magic! (believe it or not, though, a lot of the sequences were real…click the picture for a report on how the action scenes were filmed!)
One of the constant criticisms of the Fast and Furious franchise is that the sequels (numerous as they may be) continue to shift their focus from street racing to mainly pulling off impossible heists. Taking a detour from the look and feel of the original and eventually turning the series from a modified car racing film series to a daring magnificent heist series. Fast Five follows suit, but it is mostly excusable due to the way in which the story tends to unfold with plenty of action, excitement, and a different type of racing. Racing against the clock, time, life, and the law.
One final disappointment: The level of predictability of this film. From the main plot, to sub-plots, to cliché statements, even down to the after-credits teaser scene. A lot in this film remained predictable….but not all of it! There are some great parts of the film that are, well, Amazing!
The Amazing. Aside from the fun and fast paced action this film furiously packs into 130 minutes other parts remained amazing! That’s right…I said it….parts of a Fast & Furious movie were “amazing!” 🙂 The reunited cast (Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, the gorgeous Jordana Brewster, and the crew) joins up again for another job, but the cast includes some newcomers who truly make the film develop into more than just a 2 dimensional mechanical melodrama. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in a much more believable role than in Faster and The Scorpion King gives a performance that is not only believable, but enjoyable to watch as he hunts down the fuel-injected fugitives. The slug-fest between him and Vin Diesel….GREAT! Joaquim de Almeida, who plays the hated crime lord in Rio; Elsa Pataky, who plays a devoted cop; and others such as Gal Gadot, all are fantastic adds to the cast and each embody their parts seamlessly. With this cast in place, one may find themself anxiously hoping for a sixth film in the series!
Overall, Fast Five is a well-constructed frame of a film that starts off with a high level of octane that builds and builds all the way to the exciting, fun, fast, and furious end. While the plot takes a tad bit to develop, Fast Five is definitely not your average run of the mill mindless, thoughtless car movie! If you lost faith in the franchise after Tokyo Drift….let Fast Five make a believer out of you once again!….or, you can answer to one of these two guys:
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Enjoy if you wish…or don’t enjoy! Happy Watching!
–TheSp1der’s Score: 3.5 out of 5 stars for “Fast Five”
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