Pure adrenaline rush. That’s what this film is from start to finish. If you’re a fan of the fast and the furious franchise then you will love the fifth edition. All you need to know is that everyone is back.
Dwayne Johnson fits in this film easily and is more than a welcome addition. From his introduction you know that he is not messing around. He is physically imposing and a man we can see as being a legitimate threat for Vin Diesel’s character, Dom Toretto.
Speaking of Diesel, he gets a pretty awesome introduction as well. The film picks us exactly where the last one left off. Within the first twenty minutes, things couldn’t look any worse for the Toretto family. That’s not to say that the desperation that the characters have, ever really goes away. It’s just that early on, things look real bleak for the main-characters.
The film is heavy on the action. Most of it defies the laws of gravity. It starts early and we get it often. Somewhere in the middle of the film, the film switches genres and becomes a heist movie. It’s a welcome change and separates the film from the previous four that come before it. Fast and Furious mixed with Ocean’s Eleven? Yes, please.
The film isn’t all mindless action and drag racing as you do get plenty of character development and a good story to get invested in.
The Diesel-Johnson showdown lives up to its potential and hype and is pretty much what you would expect when these two behemoths collide. Now, I said it wasn’t all mindless action, but some suspension of belief will be required since there are a lot of insane stunts in the film.
Director Justin Lin certainly does action well, and is moving up the ranks quickly. Michael Bay shouldn’t be too worried, but he officially has company now.
Make sure you go nowhere once the film is over. After the initial credits, you will be rewarded with a nice little treat. That’s all I’ll say.
Anyways, if you like a good action/heist film or are a fan of any of the other movies in this franchise then the fifth edition will be right up your alley. If you take life too serious, most likely this film is not for you.