Movie Review: Fast Five

Movie: Fast Five (2011)

Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Thriller, Crime, Mystery & Suspense

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Vin Diesel Paul Walker Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Jordana Brewster

The latest installment of “The Fast and The Furious” franchise packs the best of the bunch to deliver fastest, slick, louder than ever before action packed thriller. Director, Justin Lin keeps it straight-forward with good and bad guys chasing each other in the backdrop of shanty streets of Rio, with the blend of high-levels of testosterone and speedy collisions thrown in for good measure.

Pretty much like previous films of this franchise, the plot revolves around former cop, Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) who teams up with ex-con Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) again, to pull off another heist. But this time, they face the fury of hulking agent Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) who makes every possible attempt to hunt them down. For added suspense, we have a corrupt businessman (the so-called villain) in Rio, who wants them dead.
The movie kicks off with the dramatic prison break and we see them on the run to dodge the federal agents. To gain freedom once and for all, they decide to confront the said villain and get his “easy money”. In order to execute this secret assignment, they start assembling their trusted team of street-racers. It goes without saying that the plan involves clever manoeuvring of more fast and more powerful cars.

Do you love “over-the-top” hard-core action? Are you a fan of “The Fast and The Furious” franchise? Do you drool over shiny, muscular, seriously tattooed “The Rock”? Then, this movie is a must-watch for you! With cheesy dialogues, mind numbingly stupid action that defies all physical explanations, lack of originality in plot and loads of slam-bang popcorn munching action, this film not only manages to keep the audience glued to its seats but also provides hell lot of fun and entertainment. In spite of its crappy craft, the action sequences look spectacular on screen and delivers what it promises, 2 hours of family fun! So stop counting and complaining about the logistics, just fasten your seat belt and get ready for this fastest ever “joy” ride!

I would have enjoyed more car-racing scenes, but nevertheless, one action sequence after another, from shootouts to fist fights is engaging enough to stay in the cinema while munching buttered popcorns and a giant can of coke. Fast 5 proudly shows off the bad-ass attitude, lots of cursing, bikini-clad sexy girls, glossy cars, full-on speed and violence in the most intense fashion as compared to its previous installments. It is definitely not a letdown for the fans of this franchise. My favourite scene would be the clash which results in a nasty fight between Vin Diesel and Rock, brilliantly executed by both actors!

That being said, I still find the first movie, The Fast and The Furious (2001) as the best work of this fuming, adrenaline pumping street-racing series. The inclination of Fast 5 seemed more towards Ocean’s Eleven style cunning heist plotting than on mad car-racing, so the genuine flavour and charm was a bit missing from this sequel. The fact that this movie has grossed millions in its opening week and is still going strong after one whole month, there is no slowing down this drive! I would not reveal the ending for those who have not seen it yet, but from the shots when the credits start rolling, it is a clear-cut possibility that there is another installment coming in future which is absolutely great news for its fans! 
Rating: 8.5/10


  1. Awesome review!!! I love actions. I bet the first Fast and the Furious will still be my favorite out of this series, but I'd still like to see this one after reading what you wrote ;)

  2. @Elisa: Just two words: WATCH IT!:) Seriously, its KEWL!:D Thanks for always commenting so "fast" on my latest posts! Thumbs up!:)

  3. "Do you drool over shiny, muscular, seriously tattooed “The Rock”?" Hahahaha! You made me laugh. And now I'm gonna have to watch this movie. For the, uh, great dialogue. Ahem. ;-)

  4. @Christine: OHHH YEAH!!! *attitude* ;) lol! Now my shameful secret is out, so you have got to watch this flick! Have a great weekend!:)

  5. Great review! I saw the movie and I think you summed it up well. I did enjoy the stressful action scenes and I thought it was longer than it needed to be though. I didn't see the first installment, but I saw the others (with the exception of Tokyo Drift). I think this should be the last one though...enough already! LOL

  6. @Stacey: Thanks for liking my review! You should check out the first one, its still the best! Well, I hear you, but as far as this franchise is concerned...I would say, BRING MORE!;) LOL
    Just because it brings two good things together, macho guys and dandy cars! ;)
    I see, The Holiday, in your fav flicks...my fav too!:) Happy reading and commenting!

  7. I really liked this one but I agree that it was more Oceans than Fast and Furious, still it was a good afternoon at the movies with my homegirls, so I was happy with the movie

  8. @Alex: Welcome to my blog! Thanks for sharing your views on this movie! Hoping to see more comments from you in future. Happy reading!:)

  9. Hello Komal. I found you on SheWrites and came over for a visit. I do movie reviews at my place on Tuesdays too. ;) Look forward to reading more.

  10. Hi Florida Girl! Thanks for visiting my site! Yes, I visited yours but could not find a full length review, will check again on Tue! Stay tuned in for more exciting posts here!:)

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  13. I can't say I am a huge fan of FAF but a bit of Vin ????? yum yum yum I wouldn't say no hehehe!!

  14. @Rea: Laughing at your "yum yum"! Hilarious! Thanks for commenting, dear!


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