Saturday, April 30, 2011
*Breathes in and out* ok, here's how it goes. Fast and Furious 5 : Rio Heist, is the, and again....THE BEST among the 5 Fast and Furious series. My God, I never thought Justin Lin would pull off such an awesome job.
And when I said its an awesome job, its like telling you how Kanye West managed to produced the best hip hop album in 2010 or the decade.
Justin Lin was the fella behind The Fast and Furious : Tokyo Drift. That movie might have had more negative reviews than positive ones, but its a good thing he did add in drifting, tuners and Japanese racing culture into the Fast and Furious franchise.
The movie trailer released 4 months ago, judging from what is shown in the trailer, I wasn't disappointed after the credits roll. Justin delivered everything that's expected to be in a bank heist + fast cars and races flick.
And I guess he must have missed a few physics classes in school, because right at the beginning of the movie O'Conner be taking out a bus full of fugitives with a muscle car. The bus be flipping 3 to 4 times when it hit his car.
So back to the review, Fast 5 (In short) is about Dom, Mia and O'Connor reuniting in Rio de Janeiro to pull off one final job to steal a couple of rare exotic rides. Things of course, went wrong and again, they are wanted by a business man named Reyes, who controls the favela in Brazil. One of the cars they've taken has a chip that contains all deals that's worth 10 million dollars each. Dom and O'Connor were kidnapped after the supposedly final job, escaped and vowed to take all of Reyes' fortune.
Hunting them down is DSS Agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson a.k.a The Rock) and his team of elite enforcers to arrest Dom, Mia and O'Connor. Elena Neves, a local officer, assists Hobbs in his mission.
The hunted trio escapes from Hobbs and his team, with the chip that Reyes is looking for. With that, they planned to take all of Reyes fortune to buy freedom and start a new life. And for that, they roped in a few familiar faces
You have Tej and Roman Pearce (2 Fast 2 Furious), the funny duo Tego and Rico and Gisele (The Fast and Furious 4). Han (The Fast and Furious : Tokyo Drift) also is back, but do remember, Fast Five is before Tokyo Drift. They return to form a crew to pull of the bank heist.
The reason why I said that this is the best among the 5 is because it has more action, more muscle cars, less rice tuners, more fights and shooting, less bullshit and there's an epic bank heist in it. And let's not forget, there's a 10 second drag race that's so furious, windows in shops cracked.
And every supporting cast in this movie fits well. Ludacris and Tyrese played their characters well with funny jokes and one liners, Sung Kang's Han is the less talkative one but probably the coolest. Gisele fits perfect as the hot chick in the crew. The funny duo, Rico and Tego, provides us with their funny ways of getting the job done.
Lets not forget that Dwayne Johnson, playing Luke Hobbs, is the only character that has the F word in his lines. And all these characters are less annoying than expected.
The downside of this film is that there's only a few minutes of racing and drifting, its because Fast Five focuses on how the gang pull of the bank heist to get the villain's money. And since Fast Five is before Tokyo Drift, you do wonder why a 2011 Nissan Skyline GTR, 2010 Dodge Charger and the sexy Lexus LF-A is in the film, knowing that Toyko Drift is during 2006.
And I bet the team behind the franchise now totally regretted killing Han in Tokyo Drift.
Overall, this is how Fast and Furious should be. Fast cars with a lil bit of gun shooting, running on rooftops, exotic locations, actors that fit well to the characters, hot chicks and most of all, thrilling racers. I've been watching the series since the first one came out in 1999, and damn it Justin Lin, thank you for delivering us the best of the series.
Fast Five gets my "Best Kick Ass Bank Heist" movie of the year, knocking off The Italian Job. A 9/10.
And do stay during the credits, Eva Mendes makes a cameo appearence. So I guess a 6th installment will be in for us.