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Fast Five (8/10)
by Tony Medley
Run time 122 minutes
Not for children.
This opens with a bang and
picks up speed from there. The opening is so mind-boggling it drew gasps
and applause from my screening of film critics, most of whom have seen
just about everything there is to see in movies.
Right away, if the stunts and
special effects don’t grab you, the music (Brian Tyler, with
Oscar®-quality work), highlighted by reggaeton stars Don Omar and Tego
Calderón (actors in the film who also
contributed two songs), can’t help but get you in the mood. The film is
loaded to the gills with high octane music to keep up with the constant
Dwayne Johnson joins a reunion of cast
members from every chapter of the franchise, headed by Vin Diesel and
Paul Walker. This builds up to a mano a mano fight between Diesel and
Johnson, a difficult feat for the filmmakers since they are both
Spectacular cinematography (Stephen Windon)
of the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, as well as its pristine beaches,
Sugarloaf Mountain, Copacabana Fort, Ipanema Beach, the Dona Marta
lookout point and Christ the Redeemer statue, highlight the story in
which former cop Brian O’Conner (Walker) hooks up with ex-con Dom
Toretto (Diesel) as apparent criminals. The small hillside Puerto Rican
town of Naranjito doubled for Rio for many of the chase scenes that
permeate the film.
Along with others from prior episodes,
Jordana Brewster, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Matt
Schulze, Calderón, and Omar, they
team up to pull a heist of $100 million from Rio crime king Joaquim de
Almeida. Pursuing them is good-guy cop Johnson.
The script is appropriately camp. Johnson has some lines that brought
titters from the audience, but he delivered them all with a straight
face, getting the comedic idea across. Generally in an action film the
quality of the acting is less than wonderful. But here, between the
chases and crashes, the acting is surprisingly effective. Diesel,
Walker, and the rest comport themselves very well.
While the crashes and special effects are wondrous, unfortunately the
final chase is far too long, although it is interesting to watch for
awhile. There are just too many duplicative scenes of destruction and it
gets tiresome. But the too long dénouement does not substantially
detract from a highly enjoyable film.
April 28, 2011