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I'm not a film critic, but I'll tell you what I think about the movies I watch. I enjoy understanding the history behind the movies we watch, as well as the collaborative effort necessary to produce movies.

Fast Five (2011)

Finally a film from this series that’s Fast and Furious all at once. Recently released on DVD and Blu-Ray this film brings together Paul Walker and Vin Diesel in the fifth film of the series. In addition to actors from the other films in the series this film also introduces Dwayne Johnson in a new role.

The Fast and the Furious series is one that hasn’t required a lot of attention to enjoy. The cars are cool and the action is great, the plots are generally weak but sufficient to embody the action people come to see. This film seems to be leveling off the quality of the story with the incredible action. The stunt work and special effects are the best by far of all the films.

The story finds Brian O’Conner (Walker) and Dominic Toretto (Diesel) together again after Dominic escapes from prison with the help of his friends. this time they’re in for one last score before they fade away into hiding. When the score goes bad they find themselves calling on their old friends to join them for revenge. They’re up against a powerful and corrupt business man (Joaquim de Almeida) and a daring federal agent (Johnson). The action is great and the story is well done in this fifth film.

Sure this isn’t an Academy Award winner or anything, but it’s a series that has grown up with this film. I would definitely crown this as the best film in the series. The acting is good and the soundtrack provides a great backdrop for the action. Still the star of the show is the action. It’s visually exciting and filled with over-the-top action sequences. I would definitely recommend seeing this film if you’ve enjoyed the others. It’s also great on its own since it only loosely relies on the previous films. I would give this a 3.1 out of 5 stars.

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 130 minutes


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