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The first Fast & Furious movie came out when I was in high school. Way back when I knew tons of people who hung out in front of coffee shops with their cars.
I had a 1996 Cavalier… It was bright red with a sweet spoiler!
Note: This isn’t my exact car but it’s a fair representation of what it looked like.
Ahem… I don’t know anything about cars but a few of my friends ‘souped’ up their rides quite nicely. Needless to say, when I saw The Fast & The Furious, I hitched a ride with them.
Leaving the theater that night was awesome. All I wanted to do was paint the interior of my car silver and install some custom tail lights. In the end, all I got was a red shifter knob. (Is it even called a shifter knob?) I used it to get the most out of the 52 incredible horses that powered my vehicle.
A HIT & MISS FRANCHISE IS REBORN
2 Fast 2 Furious was okay but without Dom and the gang, it was lacking. I’ve never seen Tokyo Drift out of protest because I wanted the original team back together.
I got my wish with the entertaining Fast & Furious a few years ago. It wasn’t amazing but it brought the franchise back to it’s roots and paved the way for a new film that truly made me smile.
FAST FIVE HAS COOL CAR CRASHES!
If you loved the first film and tolerated the fourth, Fast Five will make you fall in love with the franchise all over again. From the opening shot, this movie doesn’t pretend to be anything less than an action packed thrill ride. As far as story goes, it’s your basic ‘we don’t like that guy so let’s steal his money’ scheme. Mixed with a little ‘holy crap a ruthless FBI agent is after us’ and you’ve got yourself a heist movie!
Joining the team for this entertaining chase through Rio? Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson!
At first his presence is a little cheesy. Then I realized the entire franchise has a history of cheese and quite frankly, I’m okay with that. I didn’t go to the theater to get a deeper glimpse into Brian and Mia’s relationship. I wanted cars. I wanted fights. I wanted explosions. The Rock fit right in.
Fast Five delivers everything and more and even tries valiantly to establish a ‘family first’ theme. To accomplish this, the film reunites the best characters from the entire series and successfully reboots the franchise as far as I’m concerned.
I’m okay with that. If the next installment packs in as many chases and action sequences as Fast Five, fans like me are in for one hell of a show.
Mild Spoiler: Especially if the scene after the credits is any indication.
If people ask me if I would recommend Fast Five I would instantly say yes if they loved the first film. If anything it’s worth it to see The Rock vs Vin Diesel. Not to mention the crazy train sequence and the incredibly intense and car crushing finale.
The 2011 summer movie season is officially underway and we are off to a great start.
Only this time, when the movie ended I hopped aboard the subway and walked a couple blocks! Take that Civics!