Dave White
Fast Five Review

Dave's Rating:


Not slowing down just yet...

Who's In It: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Matt Schulze, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Joaquim de Almeida

The Basics: Now that the entire cast of sexy car stealers are fugitives from justice, they head down to Brazil. And even though they're capable of rigging up a car robbery while aboard a moving train and can hack into the security systems of South American crime bosses, they haven't yet figured out how to simply get themselves to a non-extradition country. But that's not important just yet. They've got one last job to pull off, at which point they'll have millions of thousands of dollars and can disappear to a private beach somewhere, enjoy drinking stuff through straws stuck into coconuts and wait for their agents to call with deals for the next sequel.

What's The Deal: Much like the Harry Potter movies, this franchise improves (sort of) with age. But unlike the Potter movies, where the strategy has been to go deeper and darker and smarter, this series finally decided to stop hitting and missing and taking itself so dang seriously and, instead, dove head first into a cool bottomless pool of stupidity. For the record, that's as valid a direction to go as any, especially now that they've gotten so good at keeping the action as awesome as the dialogue is dumb. It's a Law of Cinema that there must be one car crash or explosion keeping pace with every Vin Diesel grunt or Paul Walker blank stare, and this fifth lap around the track more than delivers. If Hollywood can make the rest of the summer as brainlessly fun as this then maybe people will start going back to the multiplex.

When To Get More Popcorn: After a really strong, front-loaded-with-action first third, the heist plot kicks into gear and there are moments that turn hazy. This is because people like Diesel and The Rock start talking to each other. And while there is enjoyment to be found in wondering how angrily, snarlingly close to each other's face they can get without making out, you didn't come to this movie to see some actor have a conversation. Fortunately, the final third goes vroom with extreme loudness and mayhem and you forget that you got bored there for a minute. And stay through the credits. That's all I'll say about it here. Just stay put.

Sometimes It's Good To Learn The Director's Name: That would be Justin Lin. He's responsible for the last one, the mostly boring Fast & Furious, as well as my personal favorite installment, the effortlessly cool Tokyo Drift. Do yourself a favor and check out his earlier, non-car-themed movies, Better Luck Tomorrow and the crazy indie Shopping for Fangs.

Best Enjoyed: 1) After having seen the others in the series first. 2) With a rowdy audience. 3) Half-drunk, provided you're 21 and have secured a designated driver.


Comments (11)

DAVID - 5-04-2011 3:00 PM
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watch it last nite great movie

bj - 5-05-2011 11:48 AM
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mind blowing review.... i have got to see this one, FAST!!!

Guarddog11 - 5-05-2011 10:34 PM
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Dave, understandably so, failed to mention how amazingly beautiful the women are in this movie. When Gal Godot strips to a bikini-in slow motion-to get a palm print of the bad guy (yes, 'Ludicrous"), I think I froze in awe for a good couple minutes. The female police detective is stunning, too. So, should be mentioned there is eye candy for both sexes and life styles that lasts the entire movie. Also good to see the Rock take on a more serious role, versus the Tooth Fairy. Nice to see him back in fighting form.

JOSH - 5-05-2011 11:20 PM
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Damn this movie was coolest movie in IMAX that was loud as all hell since TRON LEGACY. This movie's action was just so insane and cool tidbit was that the CGI was kept to a small. And the women were hot. Vin's supposed new g/f is slamming. And well the movie's score is amazing. next time ditch the rap crap and do more rock songs. And hands down best movie with the rock. If they make FAST SIX like they MADE FAST FIVE with a shi*load of action. Then they will win again. :) and the ending credits was a huge WTF. you'll never believe it. :)

CATRINA - 5-06-2011 9:12 AM
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This was the best movie that i hav seen so far this year.....and i wanna see it again now

kelvin - 5-06-2011 10:29 PM
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movie of the year !

Pearl - 5-07-2011 5:59 PM
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This movie is AWESOME!!! The action in it is unbelievable. I can't wait to see the next one. I'm AMP'd about it.

Leonardo Cabral - 5-07-2011 9:44 PM
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The best movie I had ever seen I Love it so much

angel nunez - 5-14-2011 11:36 PM
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muy bueno

orlando pagan - 6-01-2011 12:06 AM
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i just seen the movie and wat gets me soo confused is that the guy han died in tokyo drift and the girl letty died in the other (fast and the furious) so at the end of the movie letty is still alive how is that possible when the other movie showed her cascket and proof that the guy shot her

dml - 6-04-2011 6:54 PM
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This movie was awesome...worth watching again

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