651. Fast & Furious 5

651-fast-and-furious-5Background info

Title: Fast & Furious 5
Director: Justin Lin
Year: 2011
Run time: 2hrs 11m

“Get ready for five times the action as Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead a reunion of all-stars from every chapter of the franchise built on speed. Fugitive Dom Toretto (Diesel) partners with former cop Brian O’Conner (Walker) on the opposite side of the law in exotic Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There, they are hunted by a high-powered U.S. strike force led by its toughest Fed (Dwayne Johnson) and an army of corrupt cops working for a ruthless drug kingpin. To gain their freedom and win this ultimate high-stakes race they must pull off one last job – an insane heist worth $100 million.”

Live blog

0:51 – Previously on the Fast and the Furious… It’s like they don’t know we just watched it yesterday.
2:00 – Did they change the name from Fast Five to Fast & Furious 5? It still doesn’t help the consistency of the titles.
2:43 – I hope this means he’s going to stop pretending to be a cop
9:50 – This crazy desert buggy is amazing. Also quite Mad Max, I think.
13:33 – She really could have been more subtle about it and saved all this hassle.
15:36 – You have to love a world where a car is the solution to every problem.
17:05 – Flipping amazing scene, although I’m not sure any of it was survivable.
19:37 – Five films in and they still haven’t learned not to mess with Vin.
21:44 – The ROCK!
36:05 – I’m just not sure jumping through roofs is good for the baby.
43:57 – Yay for Han! Loving the team getting back together.
45:18 – “Sometimes I be overthinking things.”
54:07 – The Rock is a much better cop than Brian ever was.
1:04:07 – Phew, street racing. For a minute there I was worried we were watching Ocean’s Eleven.
1:13:40 – “That’s funny, from a guy who took the oath of a cop then went against everything it stood for…” TWICE!
1:20:22 – Roman is an actual liability.
1:30:05 – OMG, it’s the big showdown I was waiting for. So many muscles!
1:38:41 – Wait, what? If he can even turn the Rock, he must be, like Vin Jesus or something.
1:42:29 – Turns out a massive concrete vault has a really terrible turning circle.
1:54:58 – Excellent twist.

Conclusions

LOVED IT!

The Rock. Vin. Fighting.

A heist. A gang. Ocean’s Eleven-esque.

Amazing-ness all round. I really did think this was the best so far, almost a perfect film. I was glad that Brian had stopped pretending to be a cop and it was so brilliant to see The Rock doing some actual police-work. Even when he showed his acknowledgement that they were good guys at the end, he didn’t just let them go Brian-style.

It did get a bit Brad-George-and-the-gang in the middle, but then the stunts either side were incredible. The train stuff at the beginning was jaw-dropping, the vault stuff at the end mind-boggling. I’m not convinced that any of it is physically possible or survivable, but who cares? This stuff is not for scientists, it’s for pure enjoyment, and it delivered. So much love.

Rating: 5/5.

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