Best place to put Vin Diesel? Between ‘the Rock’ and a hard place! Diesel & Dwayne, what a face-off! Purrrfect spot for a high-octane, testosterone pumped fifth installment of a franchise that is still rolling at a breakneck pace & wows the cult audience with its best ever version.
Lap up spinning wheels & dazzling stunts right from the very first minute. Bad boy Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) is broken out of prison by sister Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster) and Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) in some mean bus action sequence. What follows is a train heist with Dom racing a 1966 Corvette Grand Sport alongside the train. Micro-seconds before the train goes through a bridge over a river, Brian jumps from the train into the Corvette…phew! Only thing, they run out of road and the car then plummets straight into the river, our heroes jumping out in mid-air to safely swim away. Yes, it’s WAY over the top, but who would expect a reality check from the “Fast & Furious” series anyways?
Once mortal enemies, Brian (undercover LAPD officer) & Dom (rebel street racer) find themselves in an uncanny predicament of the heart – Dom’s sister is expecting Brian’s baby. Proud father & uncle now look for the one solution to solve all their problems and find their happily ever after – QUICK MONEY – aka one last “grand robbery”! In a Robinhood move, they decide to rob Rio de Janeiro’s most powerful drug lord – Herman Reyes. Of course, that’s not going to be a breeze considering it’s a cool 100 million dollars stashed away in a police station.
You can’t pull off the most impossible mission ever conceived all alone now can you? In an “Ocean’s Eleven” sort of way from every corner of the Earth a super team is assembled and a master plan is carved. Rio with its hilly terrain & shanties makes the perfect backdrop for scenic yet riveting action sequences. Really wonder what the stunt writer (Chris Thompson) was on to conjure up those jaw-dropping action sequences. Bravo! Attention to detail is key to any epic movie & here even the English language subtitles very snazzily rush past the screen. Impressive!
Fast souped-up cars, colossal explosions, innumerable vehicles crushed like paper, long legged beauties & lots of steroid pumped muscle – all the masala mix you expect out of this franchise.
VERDICT: For the 5th sequel of this high octane franchise expect –
5X the testosterone, 5X the extreme death-defying action, 5X the jaw-dropping entertainment & 5X the reasons you just cannot miss it!
Boys, summer is finally here!