Believe it or not there was a time when there were only 5 Fast and Furious movies. While the Fast and Furious 5 is not the most realistic movie you could hope to see in the theatres, the entire franchise is built around the premise of larger than life plots where anything is possible with plenty of hot cars and chics around to satisfy every guy on the planet for at least two hours.
The plot starts with Brian O’Conner, Dominic Toretto, and Mia (played by Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, and Jordana Brewster respectively) busting out of jail and running through the streets of Rio heading to the seedier corners of the city to hide away from agent Hobbs (played by Dwayne Johnson) who is determined to find the motley crew.
Outside of the law, Brian and Dominic also find themselves running from crime king Reyes Almedia (played by Joaquim de Almeida) after they have some complications with stealing exotic cars. This leaves them fighting to get out of Rio without getting caught by Agent Hobbs or Reyes while still getting their hands on Reye’s millions of dollars. Before long you see the old franchise friends of Tej, Roman, and Han (Ludacris, Tryrese Gibson, and Sung Kang) show up to help them out with their quest.
The plot may be a little bit heavy handed, but this is not a cause for concern due to the fact that the plot is not the main reason why you would want to see Fast and Furious 5 or any other of the franchise films, given that the real events are the car crashes, car crashes, car races, and enough explosions and fights to keep the movie moving along to most viewers. In fact, the film opens with about an entire car lot of vehicles damaged in a mess of glass and metal that of course, everyone someone survives unscathed.
Overall, the movie is one big blur of action and quite a bit audacious, but for a genre that has been falling by the wayside in the last several years it does a good job of picking itself back up and finding its audience for a fifth time. Van Diesel performs wonderfully with his serious dark heavy intentions and Johnson matches them with the religious fervour of a lawman that is determined to finally defeat and capture his target.
Plus, who does not want to see who would win in a fist fight between The Rock and Vin Diesel, just this premise alone is enough to make you shell out ten pounds and head into the theatre if you are an action film junkie, let alone the promise of millions of sports cars that are hot to handle and just hot in general. Shot and directed well, the trio of characters continually fight and race so heavily that by the time the film ends you will likely have a completely new idea about what the city of Rio is really all about. At any rate, the stunts will give you a taste of brute masculinity to last until summertime.