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Fugitive Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) partners with former cop Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) on the opposite side of the law in exotic Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There they are hunted by a high-powered US strike force led by their toughest Fed (Dwayne Johnson) and an army of corrupt cops working for a ruthless drug kingpin. To gain their freedom and win this ultimate high-stakes race, they must pull off one last job -- an insane heist worth $100 million.
More is less is generally the case with blockbuster sequels these days, with budgetary bloat often overshadowing the qualities that made the original film click with audiences. The Fast and the Furious movies, however, somehow manage to spin doughnuts around this concept of diminishing returns, with each installment becoming more ridiculously entertaining. Fast Five may be the most overblown entry in the series to date (which is saying quite a bit), but there's a dunderheaded earnestness to it that's hard to resist. This time around, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker and Co. go for an Ocean's 11 vibe--swapping out the Armani and martinis for Ed Hardy and Muscle Milk--as the gang go on the lam in Rio following a botched train heist. On the lookout for one final big score, they set their sights on bankrupting the local kingpin (an admirably straight-faced Joaquim de Almeida), calling in seemingly every character in the mythos for help. Stuff goes vroom and boom in mass quantities. Perhaps realizing that the formula may be in danger of reaching its shelf date, returning director Justin Lin here livens things up by bringing in Dwayne Johnson as a federal agent with a fearsome grudge. When he and Diesel eventually throw down, the building-busting destruction recalls the immortal War of the Gargantuas. Viewers in the mood for a little logic with their explosions may initially scoff, but by the time the final chase scene rolls around (an outrageously sustained kinetic set piece that would make Wile E. Coyote proud) it's tough to keep back the grins. Heaven only knows what the next sequel will bring (Send them back to colonial times? A race against Cthulhu in outer space? Pit them against Dick Dastardly and Muttley?), but there's every confidence that these folks will somehow pull it off. --Andrew Wright
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.4 x 0.55 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : 3329908484098
- Director : Justin Lin
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 4 hours and 23 minutes
- Release date : October 4, 2011
- Actors : Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : French, Spanish, English
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), French Canadian (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Universal Pictures
- ASIN : B004EPYZQC
- Number of discs : 1
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The movie starts by sticking with the car theme as Toretto, Brian (Paul Walker) and Mia (Jordana Brewster) steal some hi-end vehicles from a moving train in Brazil. You get the nice looking cars, you get some fighting, you get some explosions, etc.
In the process the cast that would be the basis for the following films was created with Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Ludacris), Han (Sung Kang), and Gisele (Gal Gadot).
The plan they come up with to rob Reyes is extremely intricate like something out of the Ocean’s 11 or Mission Impossible with remote controlled cars, blowing up toilets, hot rods, manipulating a police surveillance system, etc. Of course it ends with a giant car chase. I guess if they were going to take things in a new direction they could have done much worse.
In this fifth installment in the Fast and Furious (2001-2017) franchise, we find our favorite characters in Brazil laying low from the American eyes of Johnny Law…but still jacking cars!
Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel; The Last Witch Hunter, Guardians of the Galaxy, Riddick) continues to choose bare biceps over sleeves, Brian (Paul Walker; Brick Mansions, Hours, Into the Blue) and Mia (Jordana Brewster; The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, Chuck, Dallas) are still an item and as close as ever, and director Justin Lin (Tokyo Drift, Fast and Furious, Fast and Furious 6, Star Trek Beyond)—who helmed parts 3-6 in this worldwide franchise sensation—has become more ambitious with stunts. God bless him for that! We have flipping shredded prison buses, high speed plasma-cutting train heists, rocket launchers, exploding poop-launching toilets, and high speed vault dragging!
The fight choreography is getting more interesting (with each sequel), everyone has become a better martial artist, the explosions are bigger and more frequent, and cars continue to function unphased after devastating landings and hits. The action has truly been turned up to an “11” in this sequel and, after the youthful thrill of the 2001 original (I saw when I was 20 years old), this is, by far, the most entertaining and my favorite of the franchise…so far.
This film is like high octane testosterone. There’s a lot of flexed-arm finger-pointing, flexed arm-crossing, very few shirts with sleeves, lots of yelling, lots of hard crazy-eyed stare downs, lots of large bald men in sweat-soaked overly snug shirts, and a lot of shiny biceps. It has a lot in common with The Expendables (2010-2014) movies in that respect, only much better.
From the moment Agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson; Pain and Gain, Ballers, G I Joe: Retaliation) busts on the scene every gym bro is reminded of why he’s their man-crush. He’s all business, he’s a straight up killing machine and…well, it’s The Rock! And whereas we meet Hobbs as an antagonist, we also have our “real villain” Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida; Desperado), a man of the people who spins anecdotes about why Portuguese is spoken in Brazil. He’s exactly the refined villain you like, hate, like to hate, and want to see taken down.
Whether it’s Ocean’s Eleven (2001) or Mission: Impossible (1996), ever notice how in every movie it’s always “one last job” and then they’ll retire, it’s always against the biggest baddest opponent they can find (like the crime lord who runs Rio), and they always need to “assemble a team?”
Well, a motley crew they do assemble. They have big engines, bigger biceps, big stakes ($100 million), and the biggest team cast in the franchise so far! They meet, greet, hug and smile as we see new friends and old friends reunite. After Brian, Mia and Dom, there’s the long and mysterious Gisele (Gal Gadot; Fast and Furious, Dawn of Justice: Batman vs Superman, Wonder Woman), the calm and cool Han (Sung Kang; Tokyo Drift, Fast and Furious, Ninja Assassin, Bullet to the Head), mouth-running Roman (Tyrese Gibson; Legion, Transformers 1-3, 2 Fast 2 Furious), tech whiz Tej (Chris Ludacris Bridges; Crash, Hustle and Flow, Gamer, 2 Fast 2 Furious, and rap performing artist), Santos (Don Omar; Fast and Furious, and performer responsible for Danza Kuduro) and Leo (Tego Calderon; Fast and Furious, Illegal Tender, and rap performing artist). Maybe some of you thought Roman and Tej were funny characters, but Leo and Santos are show-stealing hilarious. Nine in total, and complemented by Hobbs and Reyes. That’s 11 stars in a “part 5” movie!
Our characters’ exploits are scored by an outstandingly energized soundtrack. The foot chase scene is solid, filmed with numerous wide angle shots capturing the gorgeous cityscape of Rio’s rooftops. Probably the best camerawork among the first five Fast and Furious movies. We are also wowed by one of my favorite movie fight scenes (excluding martial arts movies). When Hobbs and Dom go at it, it’s like two rabid junkyard dogs on steroids. They hits are hard, frequent, and I question how many bruises the actors left the set with at the end of the day (of course, the stunt doubles had it much worse). There weren’t enough windows and plaster walls in that entire warehouse for them to smash or throw each other through. This was a grappling, tackling, face-punch frenzy. My only gripe is that The Rock didn’t win. Not Hobbs, mind you…but The Rock. Later, seeing Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson limp is like going to SeaWorld to see a water show starring a killer whale with a captivity-rendered limp dorsal fin. It’s just not right. LOL.
Then there was the vault chase scene…STUPENDOUS! At every turn we find so much property damage as they swing that vault across the road in their wake through crinkled cars and mangled buildings. Oh, and they were wholesale MURDERING cop cars, smashing up more vehicles than a Bad Boys Michael Bay flick.
Winding down after their victory and reminding us that they’re all one big criminal family, is that we have such a happy conclusion. Much like the Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003) we have a bunch of endings, only these are much more succinctly handled and won’t bore audiences. Brian and Mia got a beach house to raise their child, Tej and Roman jockey for “best car in the hemisphere,” Han and Gisele go honeymooning on the autobahn, and Santas and Leo do playfully dumb things with their money in casinos…it’s all very nice. You’ll leave this movie happy.
So go see it (again), be thrilled, and be happy.
I was laid up sick and happened to catch "Fast & Furious" on TV. I was hooked from the tanker scene and it went from there.
Fast Five is even bigger. It continues the franchise's utter contempt for Sir Isaac Newton and you get to see cars doing impossible things like dragging a bank vault through the streets of Rio de Janeiro and people jumping from great heights without so much as sprained ankles.
Comic relief comes from Leo and Santos. Their near-constant bilingual bickering is funny to listen to and watch. The back-and-forths between Tej and Roman aren't as funny but at least stay firmly planted in English.
There's tons of action and a party wouldn't be a party without Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson playing an intense and musclebound lawman. You can imagine his character's hobbies would include beating people up and finding ways to make handcuffs more uncomfortable. The Rock is just likeable. He could be shown punching nuns and little kids and you'd cheer.
Poor Brian. He's proven his worth and loyalty and even after changing hemispheres and being Mia's boyfriend he still has to put up with being called "buster."
I do have some questions though.
1. How did Dom get his Charger all the way to Rio?
2. What would Tej have done had his remote control camera car landed upside down?
3. Where were all those favela tough guys when Zizi and his crew were shooting the place up?
4. What if the roulette ball didn't land on green?
The end sequence is fun because everyone has seemingly forgotten the millions of dollars of damage done, the scores of people either killed or injured, and the serious diplomatic issues that no doubt sprang up between the United States and Brazil.
Great movie. I watch it almost weekly.
The movie had plenty of action, plenty of thrills and frankly I liked the plot line as well, which sometimes these movies don't have a plot.
I went on to watch all of the movies in the series and was not disappointed at all.
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I bought this version because the 4K ultra HD version does not seem to be readily available here in the United Kingdom.
It seems the disc is NOT region coded, as this plays perfectly well.
I use a Sony 4K player (UBP-X800) with region B coding.
The important thing for me is being able to enjoy the film in Ultra HD (2160p, HDR) with the full DTS:X soundtrack.
I did have my doubts this disc would play, but it works perfectly.
I still haven’t been able to figure out why Universal has not given us a proper UK release. Why release Fast and Furious 1,2,3,6,7, and 8 - but not 4 or 5?
So the next thing to do is order number 4 (Fast and Furious), and hope this imported disc will also play in the UK. Knowing that this one plays perfectly, I am now hopeful this will work just as well, and I can complete the 4K collection.
And then just wait for “Hobbs and Shaw” and “Furious 9” to release at the cinema.
I have a Blu-ray Multi-Region machine, so it should work, all I get is a notice saying it will not play.
God Bless to Paul Walker and his family, friends and colleagues.