Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Movie Review: "Fast Five"

   I am an ardent fan of the cinematic arts. Although I have certain genre preferences, I don’t let that stifle my curiosity and close myself to different flavors of entertainment. That said...I am a huge fan of science fiction, super hero and action movies! Please visit my other blog The Boxed Office for reviews, exclusively, on these types of movies.

The Cast: 
   Vin Diesel has become a brand that always delivers exactly what you expect...and this movie is no exception. He reprises his role with all the “Dieselness” of the appearances before, and then some. Paul Walker continues to be the perfect counter and compliment to Diesel, fully submerging himself in the complete 180 degree turn of his character from the direction of the very first movie. Dwayne Johnson is the metaphoric “icing on the cake” and just like Diesel, is now a brand that comes with high expectations...and also like Diesel, delivers on the goods.

The Plot: 
   Dominic Toretto (Diesel) is on the run from the law and is looking to make one last score...the biggest yet, to finally be free of his past. Hiding in Brazil and looking to rip off the biggest and most powerful criminal in the country, Toretto can’t do it without the help of ex-cop turned bad guy, Brian O’Conner (Walker). 
   Assembling a team of their old crew, along with some new faces, they have called upon the best in every area of expertise in pulling off an impossible heist. To make the situation more difficult, federal agent Luke Hobbs (Johnson) has been assigned to bring Toretto to justice...and Hobbs always gets his man.
   Caught in a race against time to make the biggest score yet and stay one step ahead of the law, the pace is blistering as Toretto and O’Conner navigate their way through Brazil for one last job. 

The Verdict: 
   “Fast Five” speeds it’s way with an adrenaline rush of high speed, high risk action. Anyone that is a fan of the first four movies is going to love this one even more.
   The movie never intends to win any Oscars, indeed, you must suspend your belief in reality to take even a fraction of what’s presented as vaguely in the realm of possibility. The opening action sequence is ample proof of this.
   The showdown between Diesel and Johnson is reason enough to pay the price of admission (or in this case, rental fee) as this sequence alone is more than worth it’s weight in gold. When I tell you to hang onto your seat when these two meet unrestrained and undeterred...I’m not kidding. This scene is absolutely epic...and easily, along with the rest of the film, marinates three and half cinnamon sticks...out of five, in my cup of tea.

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