Fast and Furious 5: Rio Heist

2011-05-06 14:34
 
Fast Five
What it's about

Dominic Torreto (Vin Diesel) and his crew of high speed criminals are back, this time they find themselves in Brazil trying to escape the attention of an ace FBI agent, all the while planning a high-risk heist to rip off the drug lord that wronged them.  

What we thought

Fast and the Furious 5 (Called Fast 5 in the US) ends with a bang. A lot of bangs, actually. In fact, I dare say that not since The Blues Brothers have we had such a gloriously destructive chase scene involving what must be an entire squad of police cars. Streets are decimated, buildings are trashed and, of course, cars are pummelled, pulverized and cast aside like so much garbage.

Unfortunately, before this gloriously grandiose demonstration of wanton destruction occurs, we have to suffer through 100-odd minutes of laughable attempts at drama, sad stabs at humour and enough macho posturing to have even the most ardent fans of FHM and Chicks, Guns and Tractors - or some such publication - reaching for their sick bags.

What we have here is obviously a meat-headed, nonsensical action flick that is far more interested in fast cars, big guns, ripped guys and impossibly sexy girls than things like story, dialogue and character but, since Fast 5 doesn't have the guts to truly embrace its own trashiness, a little bit of quality would go a long way. It doesn't need to be perfect but how hard would it have been to tighten up the script, dump the lame family drama, write some better jokes and whittle the blasted thing down from 130 minutes to something far more bearable? 

It could also have used some far, far better... not actors, necessarily but people with some actual screen presence and charisma. Duane Johnson is decent enough and some of the supporting actors are only slightly terrible but however well-built Paul Walker and Vin Diesel may be, they're desperately boring as action heroes. Where is the hilariously gruff Jason Statham when you need him? Or the former Governator of California, for that matter? As for the villain of the piece, well, he ain't no Hans Grueber that's for damn sure.

So, yes, there are some OK set-pieces along the way, I suppose, but my advice to anyone but the most faithful of Fast and the Furious acolytes is to buy your ticket, do something fun for a good hour and a half and then, and only then, head into Fast 5 for that final, terrifically entertaining half hour. Believe me; you'll be much better off for it.

A meat-headed, nonsensical action flick featuring some really fast cars.
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tinkerbell 2011/05/10 9:54 AM
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Blah blah blah, I totally loved it!!!!! Was the best thing I could have done with 130 minutes of my life...
Babygirl 2011/05/10 11:47 AM
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Tinkerbell I so agree with you even though I booked the front seats by mistake I enjoyed every minute of the 130 minutes of the movie...
nasheta 2011/05/10 1:36 PM
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A friend literally dragged me to go see this movie on Friday - and I must say I was pleasantly surprised! It was a bit long but at least I never fell asleep! Good action and at least there was a bit of a storyline this time, not just fast cars and street racing!
JoykieBear 2011/05/10 2:16 PM
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I enjoyed it actually! I was looking forward to it as I have seen all of the movies. The only fact was the Chinese Dude had died in Tokyo Drift, so what he was doing in this series is anyone's guess. Overall It was a fantastic movie!
P69 2011/05/11 8:58 AM
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I thought this was the best movie in the Fast & Furious franchise.It was brilliant. However, the chinese guy who 'died' in Tokyo Drift reappeared in this sequel...
ps9 2011/05/12 10:37 AM
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people you can say what you want to say but this is the best movie, the chinese from tokyo drift has been featured and why is he alive in this because he died.
gorgeous babe 2011/05/13 4:17 PM
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I totally agree. A must see everyone....Paul Walker and Vin my Man.......yeah.........
Schumacher 2011/05/16 8:18 AM
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its a fantabulous movie y'all, a must see indeed nd yeah i agri wi ps9 its da best in da Fast n Furious franchise.ooooooohhhhh
MaO 2011/05/16 11:37 AM
I don't get armchair critics at times. WTF? This is the greatest movie I have seen in ages! If you are an action freak like me, please do yourself a favour and see it. Oh, and in future never rely of the doctor-know-it-all movie critics for advise on what flick to check out, Fast Five is the sh*# I tell you ...
siwe 2011/05/19 11:10 AM
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best action movie i have seen this yr. cant wait for fast 6.
siwe 2011/05/19 11:16 AM
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best action movie i have seen this yr. cant wait for fast 6.
Jelica Nerahoo 2011/05/30 11:31 AM
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Awesome!
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