Review: Fast Five (Fast & Furious 5)

It gets a big rock out of 10.

Fast Five, the fifth, but not final, film in the series that expands the story surrounding the events of the original, The Fast and The Furious. It’s definitely much better than expected, and rather than being a pointless cash grab action film it’s actually pretty good. I noticed lots of inspiration from other films, like inception, believe it or not. I give this film 7/10.

The Good:

  • The cast is all-star (kinda) and draws in all the best characters from the series’ run, but it’s timeline placement caused the omission of Sean Black’s character from Tokyo Drift, which is at the moment the most recent film in terms of chronology.
  • The action is great throughout and there’s a great fight between The Rock and Vin Diesel’s characters that will impress viewers.
  • It seems like more effort was put into the story this time, with a few more twists and interesting points during the film. Although there are still some goofy parts of the story that leave you thinking “Wait, what?”
  • The cars and driving/racing sequences are expertly done, and are always exciting to watch.
  • In a way, it’s like Fast and Furious meets Inception, you will see what I mean if you watch it.

The Bad:

  • Some of the acting, from Paul Walker, and a few others, is just pretty bad and really takes away from the film.
  • There doesn’t seem to be much thought put into the music and they could have done a lot better to make it flow with the scenes, but besides that the music was pretty terrible anyway unfortunately.

Fast Five is essential to watch if you area a fan of the series or have seen any of the other films, and it evolves the street racing style of the previous films into a general action film which is strange to see, but it still feels like a Fast and Furious film thanks to the characters and style. You will be happy to see the return of some characters that have been missing for a while, as well as the impressive debut of The Rock. Worth watching mayne.

If you liked Fast Five you’ll also like: The Fast and Furious Pentology , Faster


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