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Review: ‘Fast Five’ Delivers Big Action, Bad Dialogue

What can you really say about a movie like Fast Five? It’s obvious if you’re buying a ticket to see it, you’re not expecting any Academy Award worthy performances. But you’ve got to wonder if actors like The Rock could at least “try” to put some heart into their characters. Though sharp dialogue and a cohesive plot are sorely missing from this movie, it definitely delivers in the action department.

And, to be honest, isn’t that what we ultimately expect from a Fast & Furious sequel? It’s obvious that th last four installments are not going to be considered for any Smithsonian motion picture exhibits, but that’s not to say they weren’t entertaining.

Launched back in 2001, the Fast & Furious franchise has gone to gross nearly $500 million in the U.S. alone and has built a massive following overseas. Plus, no one can deny that each installment has given us some very memorable characters.

And that’s ultimately one of Fast Five’s biggest assets. For this movie, director Justin Lin has assembled virtually every major star that appeared in the series. Ludacris and Tyrese Gibson are back from 2 Fast 2 Furious, Sung Kang’s Han character returns from Tokyo Drift, and Tr3s faves Don Omar and Tego Calderón are lighting up the screen again after their memorable stint in part four.

Interestingly, it’s the franchise’s newest character that seems to bring the movie down. Though we’ve definitely loved Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in other flicks, something about his performance in Fast Five just doesn’t click. With his combination of cheesy one-liners, extra tight t-shirts, and implausible detective skills, Johnson’s Luke Hobbs character is laughably bad.

But outside of The Rock, Fast Five does have a lot of things working in its favor. The car racing sequences are amazing (especially the final chase), there is a fun Mission Impossible type subplot, and Vin Diesel gets to throw down in a pretty gnarly fight scene. Plus, its Brazilian setting gives the movie plenty of Latin flava and you can hear our favorite Don Omar track during the credits.

Bottom Line: If you hate plot holes, bad acting, and nonsensical storylines you may want to avoid Fast Five. But, if you can withstand all of that and love seeing sweet rides tear up the roadway, this movie’s for you. Plus, there’s a great surprise cameo at the very end!

Are you planning on catching Fast Five this weekend? Sound off in the comments or @MTV3.


By Michael Lopez

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