While most people see Fast Five as the moment the Fast & Furious franchise reached its peak form, with ensemble casts and big action set-pieces, I do miss the lean, swiftness of Tokyo Drift or the slow burn of number four. But hey, I have to admit, it's fun as shit!
'Fast Five' is a bizarre Hollywood sharp-turn that somewhat pays off. Basically defies the established franchise and relocates to Brazil to focus on making a heist film with a renewed sense of 'family'. The Rock is hilarious in this and sets the bar for how far from reality this series should be operating at. A few great set pieces don't stop the non-action scenes from being quite a slog for me though.
each one of these films has some spectacular set piece that defies belief. not because it is so jaw droppingly amazing but because it is beyond the realms of reality to such a degree you can't quite let it go...in this episode they drag a gi-normous metal safe thru the streets of rio which crashes into every building in sight but doesn't slow them down at all...still strangely watchable
probably the best in the series. finally vin gets some real competion in the acting with DJ. a lot of good head-to-head between those two. finally walker gets to be the american dad of the series. also the change to a more crime/heist-type-of-movie fits the series well.
The filmmakers finally get it right with the fifth entry making a high octane action flick that delivers on the chase. Don't examine the plot too closely and just enjoy the ride. Several set pieces that are quite breathtaking especially the vault chase and the bridge jump. Johnson adds some needed testosterone to the film and his fight with Diesel is quite epic. Give them props for tying all the films together.
"Fast Five" is, no joke, one of the most entertaining action films I've ever seen. I won't make a case for its quality narratively, thematically, or on most scales by which a film is critiqued. All I can say is, I got a giddy, child-like high watching a fucking bank vault (attached to two sports cars, mind you) demolish hundreds of cars and gangsters.