Yesterday I got a chance to the fifth installment of what has become a franchise now in Hollywood – Fast and Furious. Cleverly named, the Fast Five (implying five characters/cars even though the team comprises of Dominic’s 10 characters, so maybe Fast Five x2?) the movie brings back every character (still alive) in a timeline that fit’s between the 4th one and the 3rd one (odd, I know). But the movie is known for guns and high-speed car chases involving imports, exotics and muscle cars. Oh, and of course drug lords waiting to be overthrown. Same formula in all five movies? Yes. But, the movie added a new element this time around – and to be honest that’s pretty much the sole reason why I wanted to see it. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. Yea, he’s in it and he’s a badass, no nonsense testosterone OD’ed cop, sent to bring back Dom and Brian (Vin Diesel and Paul Walker).
I’ll be going into the details of the movie so SPOILER ALERT!
Let’s start with the movie’s beginning – a ridiculous stunt involving a bus and three tuned cars. Cut to the next intense heist involving smuggling cars right off a MOVING TRAIN. Insane? Yup. Jumping off a bridge and destroying a classic car in the process? Yup. Surviving? Of course. Insert some generic story of a corrupt politician who run’s the Favela’s in Rio and the good guys gone rogue (Dom and Brian) decide to take him down with an over the top plan. Now, that is out of the way – can I just say the movie’s stunts were pretty intense. It almost seemed like Michael Bay directed the movie – and you’ll see that reference after watching Bad Boys/Transformers and then watching this. The entire final sequence (physics defying stunts might I add) is over the top but fun to watch nonetheless. Surprisingly, there was only ONE drag race showcased in the movie – odd for a movie inspired by drag racing underground world which was showcased in the original ‘The Fast and Furious’. After two hours of action, and a successful heist the movie ends. The movie was stretched at times but jumped back in to action almost right away every few minutes or so. To be honest, this was the best one of the sequels since the original one – and bringing in Dwayne as Agent. Hobbs was a smart decision.
There are several loop holes in the movie – but I couldn’t be bothered by them. I wanted to see a popcorn flick with senseless action and this was it. I however have one issue with the movie. Towards the end, Brian challenges Dom for another race – and this time we immediately focus on the two hot blooded cars, Japan’s Godzilla, and American muscle pride. Translated: Nissan vs Dodge. However, the movie ends and we don’t see a drag race between the two – WTF MAN? Such a cock-block move.
Special mention to Gal Gadot – she literally set the screen on fire. We need more of her in future movies!
You can find the list of cars (not all are listed though) here.
Basically – if you like cars, and action – go watch it. Without expectations. Dont expect a real story, with actor's displaying real 'emotions' other than 'I'm going to end/race you'. If you expect a cinematic masterpiece - smack yourself :)