In Preparation For: SPOILER Review for Fast Five
The Fast and the Furious has become on of the longest sustaining and most profitable franchises in history. Not many people were fans of the first few films, but by 2011's Fast Five, the franchise was re-invented as an action-thriller series. This weekend sees the release of Furious 7, the seventh entry into this fifteen year old franchise. I had not seen any of the previous films in the series but I was very interested in seeing the seventh film. So, in preparation for Furious 7 (yes, that's why it's the title), I watched Fast Five and Furious 6 back-to-back, which are said to be the best of the franchise.
In a new series, SPOILER filled reviews for previous films leading up to a new film will be posted, in preparation for the upcoming film.
For The Fast and the Furious franchise, Fast Five was the turning point. The films went away from being a more stylistic series about street-racing to an over-the-top action series. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was introduced as yet another badass to an arsenal of badasses, which include Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Sung Kang and of course, the late Paul Walker. What really got me about this movie was how insane and crazy it was. There was so much ridiculous stunts that had you laughing at it, but in a good way. Some movies are meant to simply be fun and not over-analyzed or examined, and that's what Fast Five is. The story is simple. Steal $100 million dollars from a Brazilian crime lord, while trying to avoid a highly tactical CIA agent named Hobbs (Johnson).
The film is full of adrenaline and has you at the edge of your seat for the entire time. It is chalk-full of humor, mostly from Gibson, who has to be my favorite character. He's an arrogant loud-mouth who steals every scene he's in. And while this movie is crazy in every sense of the word, it still maintains this emotional center of family. Walker finds out that his girlfriend, Brewster (Diesel's sister in the movie) is pregnant and he struggles with the thought of being a father with the life that he leads and the fact that his father was never really present when he was a kid. There's also a strong brotherhood between Walker and Diesel, who have endured so much and love each other like family.
In one moment, there can be a completely believable emotional scene, and then sh*t will suddenly hit the fan and it will turn into all out chaos. The fight between the Rock and Vin Diesel was something I was looking forward to for the whole movie and it was worth the weight! And that whole final act with Diesel and Walker driving the vault through Rio was awesome. That is when all bets were off and everything in sight was just obliterated. Was it realistic? Hell no, but it was awesome. I was jumping in my seat with every explosion and car crash, and laughing hysterically at every joke. To me, this is what a great movie is. It's something you can look back on and think as being an awesome time. I only wish I saw it originally in the theaters.
What do you think? Did you like Fast Five? Is it the best in the franchise? Are you excited for Furious 7? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
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