Franchise originals Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) reunite in the Justin Lin directed ‘Fast & Furious 5’.
When we last saw Dominic, he was taken into custody, but the fifth outing wastes little time in busting him back out. This serves purely as a taster for the real opening set piece – a daring, high-octane train robbery. Sparks and indeed bullets fly as Toretto’s team unload a number of supercars from the speeding locomotive. All doesn’t quite go to plan however, and what follows is one of the most impressive action sequences in the series to date.
Facing the blame for the deaths of three federal agents during the heist, the government assign Agent Luke Hobbs (played by the muscle-bound Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) to bring them to justice. As if that wasn’t problem enough, they also invoke the wrath of powerful drug lord Reys (Joaquim de Almeida).
As Toretto and O’Conner make their way through Rio de Janeiro, Hobbs is always hot on their tail with some seriously heavy artillery. They decide to assemble an Oceans 11-esque team for one final job to take all of Reys money and buy their freedom. Tyrese Gibson (Roman Pearce) summarises his thoughts on the plan, which includes breaking IN to a police station, by poetically stating that “This just went from mission impossible, to mission-freakin’-insanity!”
As the action explodes across Brazil’s rooftops, streets and freeways, we are also treated to Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson squaring off in a testosterone-fuelled battle of the bald. Johnson makes a fantastic addition to the series and already eyeing up a return for Fast & Furious 6’ (already slated for 2013), this could very well turn into ’The Expendables’ on wheels.
If you can overlook the sometimes corny dialogue and suspend your disbelief, there is a lot of fun to be had here and even, gasp – character development! ‘Fast & Furious 5’ is the most consistently entertaining film so far and made me genuinely enthused to see the next instalment. So turn off your brain, crank up the surround sound, and strap yourself in for one hell of a ride!
The Blu-ray disc is packed with bonus features, including both Theatrical and extended cuts of the film (complete with Director’s commentary), picture-in-picture, deleted scenes, a gag real, a number of interesting featurettes and compatibility with the Pocket BLU app.
One final note: Don’t be too quick to return to the main menu when the end credits start to roll. Just saying...
Fast & Furious 5 is released on Blu-ray and DVD from 5th September.
Review by: Mark O'Connell
Date: 5th September 2011
Fast & Furious 5
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