This is a Cinema Static movie review of Fast Five.
I have a huge problem with Fast Five and that’s the fact that they pit my two favorite action heroes against each other in the same, most awesome popcorn movie to come out in a long time!
Did I mention I liked the movie?
Fast Five from Universal Pictures, is directed by Justin Lin and stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker & Dwayne Johnson, amongst a great cast of other characters.
Fast Five has kick started the summer movie season in a fashion like the season should always be started… with a bang! With just a little bit of your belief system disengaged, this movie can definitely be one of the funnest movie experiences you can have, if this is your cup of tea.
The movie opens with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) getting convicted and put on a bus to Lompoc prison, with no chance of early parole. But the gang has other plans. And then the most beautiful scene this movie watcher could see took place, and that was my two favorite classic cars in the same scene, a 1970 Dodge Charger /RT and a 1978 Pontiac Firebird, coming up on the prison bus, to break Dom out.
With Dom, Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker), and Mia (Jordana Brewster) back together, they need to do one last job to get back on their feet but they end up jacking a car that is of interest to the local crime boss, Reyes, played by Joaquim de Almeida. Reyes right-hand man, Zizi does a lot of the dirty and hard work. Zizi is played by Michael Irby, from TV’s The Unit. It was great to see him again. I loved him in The Unit.
Fifteen minutes in, Hobbs shows up. Hobbs is the man the FBI calls when they can’t find someone. Enter, Dwayne Johnson, in all his giant-sized, rippling muscle glory, a man on a mission.
Through various events that I won’t tell you so as to not spoil things, Dom and Brian need to pull a team together and take care of some “business” matters.
The team is a great pull-together of boys & a gal who are always on each others asses verbally, much like boys do to each other constantly. They’re all headliners in their own rights, from Tyrese Gibson (Transformers 3), Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Tego Calderon & Don Omar.
Leo (Tego Calderon) and Santos (Don Omar) were all over each other verbally throughout the movie and they reminded me of a mature version of the Twins from Transformers 2.
Fast Five is a fast paced action movie that has a great sense of a story that has a great balance of action, story, comedic breaks and justice. Sometimes I can have periods of time in a movie where things drag on and can get boring, even for a bit… but there were no dull moments in this movie.
The only thing I’d say is that you need to disconnect your logic for some of the car action scenes, but otherwise, this is a real treat to watch Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson face-off. It’s an epic fight between these two, that’s for sure. Despite having these two face off with each other, I still enjoyed how things developed for both characters.
It is wonderful to see Vin Diesel reprise this gruff action role. It’s quite the thing to see him be this rough and tough character he plays, and he’s such a kind-hearted humanitarian, if you follow his Facebook page.
“I am so proud of my whole team, they made a movie people want to experience over and over.”
And Dwayne Johnson is as I’ve always liked him when he’s not playing a cutesy comedic role. All muscle, all action, all focus.
This movie earns a 10 out of 10 on my popcorn movie review scale. It was a blast. Just don’t expect the car chases and such scenes to stick to the physics that we know or expect, but really, who cares? Fun is fun.
Oh, and one other thing… Do Not Leave the theater until after the credits role for Fast Five. There is one hell of a gem that will knock your socks off at the end of the movie credits. Dang! As usual, I caught this movie at the Redwood Century 21 movie complex in Redwood City. Great place, and another good time.