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Movie Review: Fast Five (2011)

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Fast cars – check. Beautiful girls – check. Blatant disregard for reality – checked. Every essential element to a Fast and the Furious movie is present in Fast Five, and in typical sequel fashion, an attempt to outdo the predecessor also takes precedence. Here the solution manifests itself as an increase in both violence and car stunt extravagance, plus the inclusion of an Ocean’s 11-style heist and cocky federal agent Hobbs played by Dwayne Johnson. The escapism works thanks to diminished expectations and smart creators attuned to fan desires, though no matter how massive the car crashes, thrilling gunfights, or truncated title, it’s still just another mindless addition to the Fast franchise. and the Furious.

After a harrowing escape from the prison bus, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker) and Mia Toretto (Jordanna Brewster) flee to Rio de Janeiro, where it isn’t long before they find themselves embroiled. in another high robbery. -End of car racing (yes, the protagonists are all wanted criminals). When the job fails and three DEA agents are murdered, the trio is hunted by both a ruthless drug lord (Joaquim de Almeida) and a hardened federal agent (Dwayne Johnson). With their options dwindling and time running out, Dominic and Brian assemble an elite team of outlaws including Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges), Han (Sung Kang) and Gisele (Gal Gadot) to stage a heist against the criminal lord worth $100 million.

Dwayne Johnson gets the only “F” word in Fast Five, and he shamelessly says it in a macho frenzy. It’s fitting that he delivered all the funniest bits of dialogue, since he’s the only actor having a really good time. “The Rock” thinks he’s in a comedy, while everyone else thinks the situations are serious, life-or-death, and intense and pressing. He eats up every scene he finds himself in and helps chew up the scenery with massive firepower. And as the PG-13 language barrier is reached, the violence needs to be toned down, ensuring that during the opening moments, in which a bus flips over a dozen times and is crushed beyond recognition, a news reporter recounts how, surprisingly, none of the 30 inmates on board died.

From here, we’re given all the building blocks of a Fast and the Furious movie, from amped-up revving engines to dust-and-tarmac churning tires, close-ups of lift kits and snarling wheels, street racing, and nudity. Diaphragms Tied into the generic formula is the incredibly complex new heist scheme, along with the corrupt Brazilian official and his obligatory moments of displaying his nastiness, especially towards his henchmen. With all the attention paid to cool cars, sexy bodies, and action-packed chase sequences, it’s funny that we’re supposed to care about the characters, all of whom are invincible in the line of fire, but with their feet up. the land when they talk about the past, lost loved ones, family ties, fleeing from the law and present relationships.

Fast Five uses a lot of subtitles and introduces a fancy method of delivering them (they slide off the screen like a speeding vehicle). And while he’s preoccupied with keeping it looking edgy and modern, he neglects to explain where everyone got the ridiculous amounts of money and technology needed to plan the heist, why Rio is left completely without cops during the finale, why no one report everything. the stolen police cars, or what the backstory of any of the characters is, most of whom were in the previous four movies (not that it matters what exactly happened in the other movies). What is quite entertaining, however, is the sheer amount of gunfights, fistfights, explosions, stunts, and mass destruction involved in all the catastrophic action scenes, which mind-bogglingly mix stunt driving with computer-generated racing cars to create create a believably hellish and highly frenetic experience. visual assault of crumpled metal and flame-breathing tailpipes. Stick around until the end of the credits for a bonus scene that guarantees Fast and the Furious Part 6 (our bet is the “Furious Six” title).

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