Movie Review #302: Fast Five

Fast cars and fast-paced action kept my adrenaline pumping

You don’t expect films like Fast Five to stay in your memory for a long time. And frankly, I don’t think anyone cares about the story for this franchise. What you’ll get out of it though is heart-pumping action with cars involved. Think of all the things you can do with wheels because this movie will show it to you. Some of them you can’t even imagine.

Right out of the gate, the fifth installment exudes adrenaline. Every 20 minutes or so it stops as the characters of Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Jordana Brewster participate in some family drama and call out some of their friends from around the world to join them on their “last” mission. Later on you meet Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris and the very hot Gal Gadot among the new characters. They attempt to rejuvenate the franchise and prevent the story from stagnating but honestly even with their involvement they felt more of an accessory to a car than can easily be replaced as none of them really stood out for me, aside from Dwayne Johnson who’s pretty much the go-to guy for action sequels these days.

Still, the acting has very much improved and coupled with some nice stunts you can treat the film as some sort of stress-free joyride. Although the epilogue was way too long and some dialogues were unforgivably bad, at the end of the day it’s still a nice, fun film.

GRADE: B-

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