Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Fast Five

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Dir: Justin Lin (The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Finishing the Game, Better Luck Tomorrow)
Cast: Vin Diesel , Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Sung Kang
USA, 2011

Seen: April 30, 2011 at AMC in ETX

Reason to see: It's on my list of Most Anticipated Films of 2011 (#25) and I am ridiculous fond of the first film.

I remember clearly when The (first) Fast and The Furious came out back in 2001. I was very exited about it as it starred two of my favourite new kick butt actors in it from being hot off the heels of of Pitch Black with Vin Diesel and Girlfight with Michelle Rodriguez. I enjoyed the first film in the series that was all fast cars, muscles and hotness, but I never would have guessed that 10 years later we would be still at it with the 5th film in the series.

Although I never saw Tokyo Drift (#3) and barely remember 2 Fast 2 Furious (#2), it's easy to slip back into this series of law-avoiding, fast-driving world that also drives home the "family is the most important" feel almost as often as it shows muscular guys in tight t-shirts.

In Fast Five we follow the adventures of Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian (Paul Walker) and Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster) with a one-last-heist vibe and a gaggle of characters from the previous films as they avoid the hard and fast muscled arm of the law Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson). I think it was smart to play the heist card here as the format works well along with lots of car action and stunts. I also found myself being nostalgic and cheering for the central trio work to their goal as it as clear the long journey of life in the fast lane has taken it's toll.

One of the things I really appreciate about the films in this series is that they don't take themselves too seriously. The stories are good, the acting is solid, the relationships believable and it's all in the service of delivering cunning action in fast cars, tight shirts and short skirts. And there are way more tight shirts than short skirts - which I appreciated. In fact, I was very surprized as I looked around the almost exclusively male-dominated audience at the theatre because I realized, this film felt like it was entirely directed to me. I loved it from start to finish, and I don't even like car chases. I can barely follow them. But I loved a lot of action and really did enjoy the character and performances - particularly Paul Walker as the still-earnest-after-all-these-years Brian. But I think it was the combination of Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson being in the same film that totally won me over and had me smiling like a total goofball during the film. I can't help it, I just love those guys.

All and all, Fast Five it's a really fun film that I enjoyed it from start to finish and it's got me wanting to revisit the entire series. Did I mention the tight shirts?

Shannon's Overall View:
I enjoyed it
I'll happily watch it again - in fact, now I want the whole dang series!
I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoyed any of the previous Fast & Furious films

Also see: All 2011 Films Reviewed and All Film Reviews

© Shannon Ridler, 2011

4 comments:

The Film Connoisseur said...

Glad you liked it! I myself loved every second of it because 90% of it was shot in my country (Puerto Rico), they made it look like Brazil, but it was Puerto Rico. That whole chase sequence in the ending was shot right in front of my job! I got to talk to Paul Walkers double and stood right next to Elsa Pataki, though I wasnt aware it was her at the time. I just realized it when I finally saw the film that it was her.

I did a blog post on my adventures on the set of Fast Five a couple of months ago, check it out if it interests you, I even posted some picks!

http://filmconnoisseur.blogspot.com/2010/11/film-connoisseur-visits-set-of-fast-and.html

The Film Connoisseur said...

Also, I posted this little video I shot during the making of the film, check it out:

http://filmconnoisseur.blogspot.com/2011/05/fast-five-behind-scenes-video-shot-and.html

inMovies said...

Fast Five is packed with action and suspense, making it a great addition to The Fast and the Furious franchise. Morgan and Lin did not disappoint with this sequel and bringing back the characters from the previous movies was a brilliant idea.

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

Wow, that's so awesome Connoisseur!! I love the pictures you posted and looking forward to checking out the video. How amazing to have such a fun film being shot right by you! That's freaking awesome :) And it was a fun film to boot!

Glad to hear you enjoyed Fast Five InMovies! I know people have been pretty harsh on Lin as a director but I've enjoyed everything I've seen him do - and would highly encourage folks to check out his film Finishing the Game: The Search for the New Bruce Lee, a hilarious 70's set mockumentary on trying to cast a faux Bruce Lee; Sung Kang is in it and he's so great! A really fun film.

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