Monday, May 23, 2011


And yes, this one's a winner! Zooming past all competition so far this year is "Fast Five", the fifth installment to the Fast and The Furious franchise. I was a fan of all the FF movies but did not particularly love the 4th edition. This time around, the guys are back for what they say is their final heist. It is wonderful to see the big players on the first four movies convene and join forces for this wonderful blockbuster.

The main cast is back with Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) leading the pack once more with now fugitive and once police officer Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker). Both are still equally hot even if Diesel has gained some extra pounds. Jordana Brewster is also back as Mia Toretto and still showed her skills behind the heists. The other casts from the 4 other films are back - Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris (2 Fast 2 Furious), Matt Schulze (The Fast and the Furious), Sung Kang (Tokyo Drift and Fast & Furious 4), Gal Gadot, Tego Calderon and DOn Omar (Fast & Furious 4). Two important new cast members are also added Dwayne Johnson who plays as the new officer chasing the gang and Elsa Pataky who plays new love interest to Vin's character.

Aside from the stellar cast, a lot of things really worked for "Fast Five". The setting was wonderful as the streets of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil makes one helluva chase with cars with every corner and every street. Again the action sequences were superb from the car chase scenes, the running scenes and even the big fight with Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson. The sounds and effects were also commendable making you feel like you are in a real heist and that you are really in Brazil. The acting were just fine but what separates this from the first four is that this has the most heart of them all. There were some scenes that really could pinch hearts. The story maybe based on the normal heist plot but the delivery was just outstanding. And while I am ready to clap my hands already with the very good movie while the credits roll then comes the big surprise. There is a teaser at the end of the credits showing Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) being confronted by guess who? Eva Mendes (2 Fast 2 Furious) about a new heist. But that is not the shocker. the best part was when she points out that the one responsible is a lady and it is Letty (Michelle Rodriguez). Now that calls for a monstrous sequel.

It's a blazing 5 out of 5 popcorns!!! 

Photo Credits: Yahoo Movies

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