The gigantic Jesus statue says that we are in Rio for the fifth The Fast and the Furious film titled Fast Five (aka Fast & Furious 5). Director of the previous two Fast films (whatever they are called) Justin Lin returns to deliver yet another car-centric action flick with guns, explosions and babes. If you liked all the Fast films that’s been out so far, then you will most probably enjoy this one as well.
Fast Five starts off directly where the previous film (whatever it’s called) left off. Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster) are now wanted criminals in hiding, and it’s up to DSS agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) to hunt them down. This new installment drives away from the street racing aspect that the Fast films are known for, and is now aiming towards more heist-based action. I like the new direction, but some of the things that these people are doing can be quite unbelievable.
The cars all look great, but I’m not so sure about the humans. The Rock and Vin Diesel are the best actors of the entire cast, but that’s not saying much. The script is laughable most of the time, but I have never met illegal street racers before in my life, so maybe this is just the way they talk, I don’t know. The Rock has some funny lines, and I hope he sticks around for future installments (whatever they are going to be called) because Vin Diesel needs some muscle to match his.
The plot is utterly preposterous and the driving scenes might get too messy for you to make out exactly who is in which car and going where. But admist all the chaos, there is still enough roaring of engines and screeching of tires to hold your attention. The Fast and the Furious franchise will not excite everyone to the same extent, but when the fifth installment has a post-credits scene that hints ten more sequels, you know this franchise has its fans.