STARRING: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Matt Schulze, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Tego Calderon, Don Omar, Elsa Pataky, Joaquim de Almeida, Michael Irby and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
EARNED (Worldwide): $626.1m
Dominic Toretto and his crew of street racers plan a massive heist to buy their freedom while in the sights of a powerful Brazilian drug lord and a dangerous federal agent.
Former cop Brian O’Conner is now on the opposite side of the law, partnering with ex-con Dom Toretto after braking him out of custody alongside his sister Mia Toretto. After eluding the authorities across many borders, they end up down in Rio de Janeiro where they assemble an elite team of racers they previously worked with to pull off one last job in order to gain their freedom. Problem is not only what the job entails, but they’re being hunted down by an elite strike team led by federal agent Luke Hobbs, who never misses his target.
There’s sometimes a franchise that comes along that falls into the guilty pleasure category, though what is rather unheard of that when it reaches its fifth installment it ends up being the best in the franchise let alone good, thus the reasoning behind putting Fast Five on the list. We’ve upgraded from being a Point Break remake with fast cars and a shitload of NOS to this installment where it becomes a shockingly well crafted heist film, taking the car scenes to a minimum…until the final act that is. What helped in the films favour was not only the action/chase sequences that Justin Lin and co seemed to finally gel well in production, but in bringing back familiar characters from the sequels to form with the original core cast, putting further emphasis to the central theme that has carried this franchise for as long as it has….(bad mumbling Vin Diesel impression) family. Sure you won’t find Sorkinesque dialogue being spit from the lips of Dom or Brian here and the dialogue itself is cheesy, but the cast make it work as we endure some impossible action set pieces but damnit the film is just fun and after all you need a summer franchise that knows exactly what it is and ramp it up, though making better villains as the films keep coming will be a further positive. The core cast are good in the roles, I mean they are their characters at this point but the obvious inclusion of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson as the agent hunting them down just brings that extra buzz anytime he appears on screen.
FAVOURITE SCENE: The heist gets into full swing…absolute enjoyable chaos.
FAVOURITE QUOTE: ‘Your mistake is thinking you have a goddamn choice, boy!’ – Hobbs
DID YOU KNOW?: The stunt involving the flatbed truck slamming into the moving train was filmed practically without the use of miniatures or CGI. The collision nearly derailed the train, as can clearly be seen.