Review – Fast 5

Action films don’t get a lot of credit, I get tired of hearing people say, ‘check your brain at the door’ when I go to see a film where a car may crash into a helicopter and cause a massive explosion (cue fist pump). To be honest I don’t use a lot of brain power outside of the cinema so I have nothing to declare when it comes to grey matter, but I know what I likes when it comes to action. In ‘Fast 5’ Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) teams up with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) to rip of a drug lord while on the run from Hobbs, (Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson) a federal agent hell bent on bringing the duo down. ‘Fast 5’ delivers big action but its dull and repetitive spread on top of a film that is void of character and a plot.

‘Fast 5’ comes across as the big dumb action film you’ve been hanging for accept it breaks the cardinal rule of action filmmaking, in the words of Robert Downey Jr. in ‘Tropic Thunder’ they go ‘full retard’. There is an art form to making dumb action films, it’s getting the mix of colourful characters, slim plot and over the top action right all while never taking yourself too seriously. ‘Fast 5’ takes itself way too seriously and has a handful of good action sequences but the rest are a real bore and it feels like someone is beating you over the head with a frying pan. All the characters are meat heads who love to wear singlets, sweat and get tribal tattoos on their biceps; a real unlikeable bunch void of any personality. While I’m on my soapbox ranting about character, what happened to great action movie villains? The bad guy in this film would fit in better with the Care Bears than as the leader of a drug cartel, at one point he kills one of his thugs with a paper weight…lame! The plot comes across as a poor rip off of ‘Oceans 11’ and spends way too much time away from the action, its way too light on fast cars for a film about fast cars.

As a lover of dumb action films I was disappointed by ‘Fast 5’, it’s a film made by studio executives for mass appeal to cash in on an already bloated franchise. Fans of the series may get some enjoyment out of it but it’s a real lemon overall.


The Popcorn Junkie