The fifth instalment in the Fast and Furious franchise is by far the best so far. Of course it won’t win best picture at the Oscars but its 2hr 10 minutes of thoroughly enjoyable chaos.
Fast Five ditches the street racing that made its name in favor for being a heist film. In this particular case, we pick up right from where we left off, with Dom being busted out of his prison bus. They then flee to Rio where they take on a heist that goes haywire and eventually leads to the penultimate heist of the film. In the meantime, ruthless Agent Hobbs, who specializes in tracking and capturing people, arrives to catch out trio of outlaws. The film does a good job of not wasting any time and most of the serious moments are kept to a minimum in favour of heist scenes or action. And in the action department, the film delivers fantastically. Far bigger, louder, and more exciting than any F&F film before it, action junkies should find themselves thrilled by the impressive stunts and testosterone filled mix of car and foot action.
Now, don't get me wrong, this is still an F&F film. This means that the script is still pretty laughable and the acting is less convincing than Saul Goodman. However, with that said, it's still a bit improved here. Vin Diesel still can't play up emotion very well, making his attempts at the more serious scenes here a bit comedic. Paul Walker doesn't fare much better and, unfortunately, even as a main character he is shunned out to Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson. As action stars though, these three do a great job. In particular, the eventual confrontation between Diesel and Johnson is fantastic, with it being a brutal, WWE-esque rumble. The climactic scene alone is worth the price of an Odeon ticket. Though laughable, it's still an exciting, eye-popping scene that will leave you a little blown away
And for fans, you'll certainly enjoy the film, with a well-rounded cast from throughout the entire series coming together to pull off the impossible. It's definitely surprising to see that the fifth film in the series is the best, but I suppose that it's merely the evolution of F&F. With enough money, talent, and by pulling out all the stops, the franchise has finally made the most on the over-the-top aspects that they had always seemed to go for. Needless to say, action fans like myself will enjoy this immensely.