The fifth film in the series is just as Fast and Furious as the previous four. And just wait for the sixth; I know I am, says Devina Divecha.
Did you honestly think that the last scene of Fast & Furious (the fourth instalment) would signal the end of the racing franchise?
It’s been 10 years since audiences saw Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) hit the drag race scene, but interest in the series has not waned. If anything, the fifth edition has kicked it up a notch. The film starts where Fast & Furious ended, with O’Conner busting Toretto out of jail where he has been sentenced for 25 years. They end up on the run in Rio, where along with Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster) they have to bring together a team, Oceans 11 style, to get even with a head honcho in the area and pull a final job in order to stop running.
The team is filled with members from the previous films – we have Vince (Matt Schulze) from the first instalment, Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) and Tej Parker (Ludacris) from 2 Fast 2 Furious, Han Lue (Sung Kang) from a drift version set in Tokyo, and Gisele Harabo (Gal Gadot), Tego Leo (Tego Calderon) and Rico Santos (Don Omar) from the previous film.
To add more drama, they’ve thrown in Agent Hobbs (Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson) to chase down the fast and furious crew, with new entrant Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky), a rookie cop in Rio, assisting Hobbs.
The film is filled with testosterone, cars, girls, races and lots of running. The plot is simplistic and the acting no great shakes, but it will keep fans of the series hooked. ‘The Rock’, as the new addition, doesn’t impress. His dialogue delivery seems stilted, and the beads of sweat literally sticking to his skin (and not rolling down) distracted me every time his face was zoomed in. Toretto and O’Conner are old pros at this game, and their chemistry as racing buddies and rivals is still there.
While Fast Five doesn’t have as many car sequences as the first three did, viewers would have probably noticed a shift from the fourth film onwards. The characters have developed from when we first saw them in 2001 and there’s a lot more to it now than just racing. But the film gives us what it’s there for: car drooling scenes and the final race, involving the Fast Five crew and all the police cars you could have mustered in Rio, makes for a smashing finale.
This film also follows the formula increasingly used these days of having a teaser scene after the end credits. This one is honestly worth the wait. It made me gasp out loud, clutch my hair and drop my jaw. I did not see it coming. Bring it on, number six.