Fast Five (2011) – 5/10 car action movie review

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Cast / crew
Director and Executive Producer: Justin Lin
Writer Based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson: Chris Morgan
Characters Creator: Gary Scott Thompson
Producer: Neal H. Moritz
Actor and Producer: Vin Diesel
Producer: Michael Fottrell
Dominic Toretto: Vin Diesel
Brian O’Conner: Paul Walker
Mia Toretto: Jordana Brewster
Roman Pearce: Tyrese Gibson
Tej Parker: Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges
Matt Schulze: Vince
Han Lue: Sung Kang
Gisele Harabo: Gal Gadot
Leo: Tego Calderon
Santos: Don Omar
Joaquim de Almeida: Reyes
Hobbs: Dwayne Johnson

Fast Five (2011)

After violently breaking Dom out of prison, Brian and Mia join Dom in Rio and immediately sign up to steal some cars from a train. Which is heroic and laudable, obviously. But it’s okay, they’re not bad guys or criminals because Mia’s pregnant. Yeah, that’s how it works.

5/10

This is a film with a single redeeming feature: a muscular, spectacular, carnage-laden car chase to close the movie brought about by SPOILER attaching a giant safe to two cars that drag it at high speed through the city. The car action is largely very well done but elsewhere this is a bafflingly scripted action movie where our heroes are escaped felons, recidivist car thieves, extremely violent and plotting to steal $100 million and keep it for themselves. Why exactly should we want them to succeed? And this is yet another film that completely wastes Dwayne Johnson. This is being enthusiastically hailed as director Justin Lin’s best sequel in this franchise but that’s not saying much. Fast Five? Generous five.

This movie contains a single sexual swear word out of nowhere, mild swear words, adult dialogue, sensuality, extreme melee violence, gun violence

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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