Directed by Justin Lin, Starring Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris
Fast Five starts out with the “crew” executing an extremely ridiculous and reckless, escape mission to get Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) out of his life-sentence. From there its off to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil , a city ran by a powerful and merciless drug lord who has many loyal and violent constituents. It is up to the Fast & Furious gang to bring down this corrupt system and give freedom back to the people of Rio and also trying gain quite a bit of money for themselves. A major hinderance to the gang is Special Agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) who is on their tail the entire movie and will stop at nothing till Toretto and his “family” are behind bars.
After the set up, the movie is just bigger and bigger action set-pieces untill one enormous, and extremely entertaining, finale.
The fact that the movie doesn’t take itself seriously is what really makes the movie excel at what it’s trying to do: entertain and only that. You don’t have to think and you don’t really feel very much either, but you know that whats happening on-screen is ridiculous and great fun.
Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson are the two standouts in this movie as both them, and their characters, have so much charisma. It’s really hard not to be entertained when they are on-screen and especially when they are on-screen together. All the other members of the cast do a serviceable job moving the plot forward and providing some pretty good laughs.
The best part of the movie is definitely the action sequences. After each one i found myself thinking, “How could they out-do that last one?” and they definitely did. Each scene is so awesome over-the-top and fun.
There are some pretty bad lines and very cliché villan but those are some of the only faults of the film.
A great action movie and not much more