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Movie Review: ‘Fast Five’

Fast Five
Director: Justin Lin
Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris
Studio: Universal Pictures

The conundrum for a filmmaker working on yet another installment of a popular franchise is how to remain true to the soul of a series, while kicking it up a notch. Fast Five hit it out of the ballpark. This go-round, the crew has gathered in Rio de Janiero after springing their leader (Vin Diesel reprising the role of Dominic Toretto) from a prison-bound bus. Hot on the gang’s heels is a sinister (and he’s the good guy?) federal agent (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) determined to bring Toretto and cohorts to the bar of justice. Throw in a drug dealer, old scores to settle, musclemen, fast cars and flashy women, and you have a recipe for a rip-roaring good time. In one of the best fights recorded on celluloid, behemoths Diesel and Johnson pound each other to a pulp. There’s plenty of attitude and bad guys to go around. But the most menacing “villains” in the film are a pair of sick Dodge Challengers. Let’s just say you wouldn’t want to see these twins coming at you full throttle.

You know how a good roller coaster can really shake you up, but at the end you’re ready to do it all again? That’s the Fast Five experience. It’s a thrill ride from beginning to end. Oh, I almost forgot to tell you. Stay in your seat when the movie ends because after the credits roll, there is one more very interesting scene. –p.d. lee


  1. Wayne232 on April 22, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    I saw the pre-screening and it is intense non-stop action. It was all good.

  2. Kevyn Hagemann on May 9, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    This is definitely one of the must-watch movies on my list. There sure are a lot of good movies this season, don’t you agree? I just watched Thor, and I can say it’s great. Anyways, I’m looking forward to seeing Dwayne Johnson act as the bad guy here. I’ve been too used to him being in family movies ever since he became the “Tooth Fairy”.