Since Brian O’Conner and Mia Toretto broke Dom Toretto out of custody, they’ve blown across many borders to elude authorities. Now backed into a corner in Rio de Janeiro, they must pull one last job in order to gain their freedom. As they assemble their elite team of top racers, the unlikely allies know their only shot of getting out for good means confronting the corrupt businessman who wants them dead. But he’s not the only one on their tail. Hard-nosed federal agent Luke Hobbs never misses his target. When he is assigned to track down Dom and Brian, he and his strike team launch an all-out assault to capture them.
The last time I wrote about this franchise was way back in 2006 (the third movie), Movie Review — The Fast and The Furious — Tokyo Drift – which I gave a fairly lukewarm 6/10. And well the first movie came out 10 years ago in 2001 – way before my blog existed.
As far as the franchise has gone, the first movie was great – the second and third were poor – and the 4th was a good come-back. But now with the 5th they’ve brought it to a whole new level, I would personally say this is the best F&F movie so far.
Everyone I know who has seen it said it was a great movie and I’ve been pumped to see it since I saw the trailer. I had to watch it on opening week on the big screen and I got my wish! I watched it on Screen 1 with THX – very the boomz. It’s even storming on IMDB with a massive 7.8/10 – that’s huge for this kind of popcorn movie.
The movie surely didn’t disappoint, it flipped out the old characters, familiar cars and a proper F&F plot (some talking, a crazy heist with lots of action and a bit of romance). The dialogue was surprisingly witty and very amusing and wow the action sequences blew me away! Plus an awesome new character – Luke Hobbs!
The fist fight between The Rock and Vin Diesel was INTENSE!
And the rooftop chase scene? And the main heist car chase? And then that part on the bridge? It was gripping, I don’t remember enjoying a movie SO much for a very long time. I mean don’t get me wrong it’s not going to win any Oscars and it’s certainly no masterpiece of movie-making.
But to me it was AWESOME, non-stop adrenaline pumping ACTION. And setting it in Rio, Brazil was a stroke of genius – what a genuinely beautiful place. The soundtrack was banging as per usual, hot chicks, fast cars and characters we have come to know and love.
I have to say I thought I was going to be a little disappointed with the film after hearing everyone rave about it, but honestly I wasn’t – not even a little bit.
And if you’re interested in the car models etc (like I am) – I could get most of them including the Koenigsegg – but the Muscle cars I had no idea (Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger etc).
Oh yah and when you watch, make sure you stay until the end of the first section of the credits. There’s a little sneak peak into the next movie in the franchise, there surely will be a 6. Eva Mendes *hubba*.
I give it an adrenaline pumping 8/10.