Fast Five steals the box office
Fast Fiveis the fifth installment of the Fast and the Furious series, directed by Justin Lin. Normally one would say after a trilogy that thefourth and following sets might not be as good or enjoyable as the first few. Such is the case with many movie franchises including Home Alone and Beethoven among many others. However, Fast Five does not disappoint and continues to bring heat and intensity with high-speed car action, beautiful girls, and good old-fashioned hand to hand combat. Vin Diesel and Tyrese Gibson join forces with Paul Walker (the latter two were main stars in the first and second movies) to make one final run for freedom. They take their driving skills and swagger down to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Sung Kang, Jordana Brewster, Tego Calderon, Don Omar, Mark Schultze, and Gal Gadot making up the rest of the team, to run the final race of their lives. But one man is on his own race against time to stop them. Dwayne Johnson, famously known as the wrestler "The Rock," co-stars as a hard-nosed and unstoppable federal agent ready to hit the brakes on this action-packed saga. If that's not enough, Rio's wealthy and corrupt businessman, Reyes, played by Joaquim de Almeida, is on their tail as well wanting the whole crew dead.
Walker and Diesel both deliver great performances as the brains and brawn behind the operation. They both want to settle down and disappear forever after completing one last task. To steal laundered money from the corrupt Reyes, which totals $100 million (Splitting between 10 members). With the news of Mia (Brewster) being pregnant, Brian (Walker) and Dom (Diesel) take the job in hopes of finally being free.
Tearing down Rio with a massive bank vault tied to the back of two Dodge Chargers can only happen in a Fast and the Furious movie. The long police chase towards the end is something every car movie needs, and Fast Five delivered with guns, crashes, and even an entire bank destroyed, ironically, by the bank vault.
The movie was filmed primarily in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Filming began in March 2010 and ended November of the same year.
In North America, Fast Five grossed $3.7 million in Thursday midnight showings, marking the best ever for a Universal title and the biggest for the action franchise.
If one happens to love fast cars, beautiful women, and action packed sequences, then Fast Five will fulfill all your movie expectations, with an ending giving hope to those in dire need of a sixth film.