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May 6, 2011 > Movie Review: Fast Five

Movie Review: Fast Five

By Jennifer Gau

Former Federal Agent, Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker), teams up with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) again for the fifth installment (directed by Justin Lin) of fast cars and tan women. Unfortunately, they have become fugitives running from Los Angeles to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Tired of hiding, they need a long lasting retirement plan and decide to assemble an elite team to set them all free. Somehow, they must carry out their complex plan with both a corrupt businessman and Special Forces agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) hot on their tails.

Dominic is the leader of the team and brainstorms a plan in order for them to hopefully be able to walk away with lots of money and off the FBI Most Wanted List. The team set up is strangely familiar to Ocean's team in "Ocean's 11 (2001)." The team requires: a chameleon that can blend in anywhere (Sung Kang); a fast talker (Tyrese Gibson); someone good with circuits (Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges); a few to punch through walls; a utilities and weapons expert; and, last but not least, dangerous and reckless drivers.

The action in this movie is comedic. The director shows the impossible without showing how it is possible. It is highly unlikely the actors are able to jump off multiple roofs over 10 feet high without breaking or fracturing something and still be able to outrun a gang of masked gunners. Besides the ridiculous and unreal factor, Lin nails it with the right angles to get the best view of the cars.

Also beautiful are the aerial views of Rio de Janeiro that help transition between scenes. But the beauty does not transfer below on the streets where the big boys play. A testosterone filled movie, it is incredulous how much property the characters easily destroy without shedding blood of their own.

Although filled with cheesy dialogue, "Fast Five" is a roller coaster of excitement from the beginning highway rush to hijacking a train, to hanging out in the warehouse, and finally the satisfying grand finale car chase that leaves you with a smirk knowing you were a part of something cool.

Runtime: 2 hour 10 minutes
Rated: PG-13

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