Plot Busted explosively out of police custody by his sister (Brewster) and best bud (Walker), Dominic Toretto (Diesel) gets to work on a heist in South America. But will crack DSS agent Luke Hobbs (Johnson) let the air out of his tyres once and for all?
How to re-ignite an ageing franchise? Drop The Rock on it. The best thing, by far, in Fast Five (aka Fast & Furious 5, aka Rio Heist, aka Who Cares As Long As Things Go Fast), Dwayne Johnson hulks through the movie leaving testosterone trails in his wake. Clad in a flak jacket and a cage-fighter’s beard, he’s the manhunter “the FBI call when they want to catch someone” (which, presumably, is quite often). His body is hard as marble, his mind as sharp as Marple’s. There is literally nothing believable about the character, least of all his Blade Runner tech, yet from the moment he juggernauts on-screen, barking, “Rule number 2: Stay the fuck out of my way!” at a shrimpy South American cop, this quinquel goes from entertainingly stupid to joyously lunk-headed. Think of it as a WWE reboot of Heat — with Vin Diesel as De Niro.
In what may or may not be a reappropriation of the script for The Brazilian Job, the aborted Italian Job sequel, the set-up has Diesel’s Toretto in Rio de Janeiro, assembling a crew for the inevitable one last job. Their plan is to jack a corrupt businessman for $100 million — a sum that, in a film this overblown, seems positively unambitious.
It requires the talents of all the old franchise ‘favourites’, from Tokyo street racer Han (Sung Kang) to mechanic Tej (Ludacris), though the film’s only street race is hastily skipped over. Don’t expect precision-built scheming: the plot is tosh. Instead, prepare for a fiesta of excess, with bikini chicks, hip-hop bangers, meat-headed brawls in warehouses and lines such as, “Nice legs. What time do they open?”
It is not, by any normal criteria, a great film. There are plenty of scenes that clunk. And at over two hours, it’s far too long. But it’s hard not to grin at the go-for-broke spirit — best illustrated by a final chase sequence, involving every police car in Brazil and a city-trashing bank vault, that nearly out-Bad-Boys-2s Bad Boys 2— which makes this fifth instalment the most entertaining in the series. Fast Five turns the dial right up to 12. Because 11 is for pussies.
Verdict Tough on nuance, tough on the causes of nuance, this episode has the highest velocity and lowest IQ yet. See it on the biggest, loudest, dumbest screen you can find.
Average user rating for Fast & Furious 5: Rio Heist
best film this year!
thats a fact of all the new films ive seen this year this one is the most exciting and contains all the ingredients to my film expectations; great locations, beautiful women, tough guys, explosive action, great music, terrific special effects etc whats not to love! best of the lot! ... More
Terrible script, poor acting, far fetched, really liked it.
fair enough, in the fast and furious world physics don't apply but it didn't do the matrix any harm. (fair enough they are in a computer generated world where they can bend the laws of physics but who says Paul walker isnt as well).
I recommend having a few beers putting it on loud and not worrying too much about whether or not it would be possible to pull 20 tons of safe out of a concrete wall with a couple of cars ... More
Fast Five is a fantastic film. It had the best story in the franchise, some of my favourite actors from the last films are in this one and the action & stunts in this film are great. The driving sequence in this film is just fantastic and the actors did probably their best performance ever in this film. I would recommend to go see this film. ... More
There’s a scene about half an hour in to Justin Lin’s Fast Five, the latest film in the car racing Fast & Furious franchise, where federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) angrily throws a clipboard to the floor as his explanation of something that “makes sense”. It’s this moment that totally sums up Fast Five: a film you can enjoy only by casting logic aside and simply surrendering to the bombastic absurdity you’re witnessing. Luckily for those of us abl... More
RE: I can't believe my eyes...it's hard to even blink!
Well Fast Six is coming out in 2013 y mate watched Fast Five over the weekend and the screening he watched was packed out. Even though he was not a fan of the franchise but he loved Fast Five and he's looking forward to Fast Six. ... More
I can't believe my eyes...it's hard to even blink!
Now this not a great action movie, but it is one of the best sequels and the best heist movie since Italian job. It is much better than the boring Ocean's Eleven! What's next, Fast Six? Hit the throttle, baby! ... More
Total garbage. The dialogue is abysmal, the acting hits a new low, seriously don't waste your money.
1 The cars they steal from the train wouldn't have any fuel. They wouldn't be able to open up the train at that speed. Paul Walker can jump
onto a metal car but not the sand.
2 Jordan Brewster is pregnant and yet she can crash land through a roof and be fine.
3 They decide to take on the big baddie in Rio instead of just leaving.
4 Where did they get the bi... More
No problems with it being dumb, but the insincerity of this series is what makes it crap. They should either make it gritty and hardcore or go the opposite way with full on parody. In-between is no good. ... More
Best action movie I've seen in years! This is how much fun the Expendables should have been.
They've taken all that worked in the first four movies and mushed it together.
Vin plays Dom a guy who is the best at everything except pronouncing words ending in r ( sure I remember my faddaaaa)
Paul walker is very pretty and just happy to be working
The rock is who Vin wants to be when he grows up.
The supporting cast are all likeable and very funny and the extended c... More
I feel guilty about having enjoyed this so much. I genuinely only went to see it to kill some time, but really enjoyed. I mean, it's just an action film. Don't expect any great character development or story depth. It's just a good bank heist movie. It's fun. But the mid-credit sequence really made me angry. I felt like F&F had finally tied up all those loose ends that they kept missing since 2Fast. Then they dropped that dirty great '24' style cliffhanger on us... I felt like they should ha... More
The best comedy of the year. Spent 2 hours laughing at how dumb this is and how the popcorn munching freaks were laughing it up. For that it was worth the entrance fee. Came home and watched the original which, despite being a simpleton, is like Einstein compared to this pap. ... More
Just 3 stars Empire you meanies?!!! Went to see this yesterday and it blew me clean away! It's the perfect Fast and Furious film, easily the best in the series. I was gripped from start to finish, rooting for the characters all the way - and the mid-credits twist left me gasping for more! Great stuff! ... More