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Fast Five

by

Jeff Nelson

Fast Five is action packed and is everything an action fan could want.

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Once a series has been following the same direction for year after year, it gets a bit stale. This will lead to some audiences losing interest in watching the rest of the franchise. Something new has to be brought to the films to make it feel fresh again. Fast Five definitely tries something a little different than the tactics used in the other movies. Some are guaranteed to love the changes while others will feel the changes are unnecessary.

Brian and Mia break Dom out of prison, and they head to Brazil to put together a team to take on a drug dealer who wants to kill them. Meanwhile, they have to avoid being arrested by the uncompromising federal agent Hobbs. The paper thin plot of the past films revolved around racing. While there are racing sequences here, they are much fewer. Fast Five takes the action route here. Car chases, explosions, and over-the-top scenes. The film begins from the moment the previous movie ended. The screenplay follows a cliché format, but has some funny jokes placed throughout. However, what's an action flick without the cheesy one-liners? One of the smarter moves made by the filmmakers was to bring back characters from the past films. Most of the main characters from the past four movies in the franchise have returned. Fast Five accomplishes changing up the elements while still bringing back characters audiences haven't seen in quite some time.

As long as the acting isn't undeniably horrid, that shouldn't be focused on too much for a film such as this. Audiences aren't ever going to find jaw-dropping acting from these types of movies. Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordan Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Matt Schulze, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Tego Calderon, Elsa Pataky, Dwayne Johnson, and others bring the characters to the big screen. None of the acting here is golden, but it's fine for what it is. Dwayne Johnson is a nice addition here. From the shouting and cheering at the screening I attended, others seem to feel the same way. Fast Five doesn't adulterate the eye candy given in the past films. There's something here for both genders.

As the official trailer originally was previewed on the big screen, viewers were clapping in excitement over the intense visuals. It's true that even all of the incredible visuals shown in the trailers isn't all of it. Fast Five accomplishes being the most insane out of the series in terms of action scenes. The stunts are very over-the-top. There isn't very much time to sit back and relax. The film is attacking the jugular with both visuals and audio from start to finish.

There are two important things that should be known before seeing Fast Five. The franchise doesn't tell the story in chronological order. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift doesn't take place until after Fast Five. It's ordered 1,2,4,5, and then 3. Seeing this film without keeping that in mind will confuse viewers. Once the credits have started at the end of the movie, don't leave. Stay in your seat. There's more after the credits that set up for a sixth film. I expected the twist a while ago, but it's revealed well. It will make audiences stoked for another sequel. Fast Five stands up to be almost as good as the first one. It's action packed and is everything an action fan could want. I recommend checking this out. It's not perfect, but it proves to be a fun movie that does what it promises to do.

My Rating = Three and One Half Stars

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