Movie Review: Fast and Furious V

Written by Cheryl Tay on . Posted in Cheryl Tay Blog | Blog Post of Cheryl Tay

Into its fifth edition, Fast and Furious manages to keep its plot exciting by exploring new dimensions such as using police cars and also by pulling key characters from the previous four episodes.

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The movie starts off with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) being sentenced to 25 years without a chance of early release. Clad in that orange prisoner outfit, he was on the way to the prison in a bus with several other convicts when loud engine roars break the silence. An accident is intentionally caused to knock the bus over and yes you guessed it; Dom was rescued by Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker) and Mia (Jordana Brewster).

 

I couldn’t help but wonder how it was all too easy for a prisoner escape, with no police cars escorting the bus of prisoners and how the bus crashed and rolled yet no one was hurt. This wasn’t the first question of realism I had as the movie wore on, but the action and resulting excitement managed to keep me on the edge of my seat a few times.

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All three of them are put on the FBI Wanted List and end up running to Rio to hide, with agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson the ‘Rock’) on their tails. Their first ‘job’ in the show involves stealing some exotic cars from a moving train, where Dominic and Brian end up offending criminal overlord Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida) – a very powerful man who has lots of cash stored in several places all over the country.

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Obtaining vital information from a car they managed to make away from the ‘job’, Dominic and Brian developed a plan to steal every single cent out of Reyes, but not without forming a team first. Here’s where members of the Fast and Furious alumni are summoned, including Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges) and Han (Sung Kang), for their various capabilities to contribute to a comprehensive pool of talent.

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The plan is to steal all of Reyes’ money (about 100 million dollars), not by robbing every cash house he has, but by forcing him to remove all the cash from the various places and store into one central place, so that only one major robbery needs to be carried out. What they did not count on however; was Reyes putting all his money locked up in a vault in the local police station.

 

I love how Vin Diesel is put head-to-head with Dwayne Johnson (think two bald and hulky men throwing punches at each other) and my favourite part of the show was when Dominic extended his hand out to Hobbs after saving the latter’s life.

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But sadly, there wasn’t as much driving action as I was hoping for – there was the quick intentional bus crash, the four police car drag race, the manipulation of different cars (won from the street races) needed for the plan and the main car chase when they executed the plan. At the end of the show, I was hoping Brian would race that GT-R R35 against Dominic, or Han would do more than just power the Lexus LFA down the highways.

 

Nonetheless, the storyline includes elements of friendship, family, kinship and loyalty, giving the fast-paced high-speed movie that needed soft element to warm the hearts of the audience.

 

If you are a Fast and Furious fanatic already, I wouldn’t need to do much convincing to get you into the cinema. If you are not crazy on cars and have only watched some (or maybe even never) of the previous Fast and Furious movies, you would not feel like you rather be washing your car.

 

Take a tip from me: Wait till the credits are done rolling.

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VERDICT: 7.5 out of 10

Despite the semi-unreal plot (somehow I’m not convinced that robbing a police station is that easy), the movie still managed to instill thrills and exhilaration in me. The cars could have been hotter and I wished there had been more driving action too. 

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Cheryl Tay

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