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Fast Five (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy in Blu-ray Packaging)

Fast Five (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy in Blu-ray Packaging)
Studio: Universal Studios
List Price: $34.98
Street Price:
Amazon.com: $16.00
Release Date: Oct 4, 2011
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Running Time: 170 minutes

Synopsis

Former cop Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) partners with ex-con Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel)on the opposite side of the law. Since Brian and Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster) broke Dom out of custody, they've blown across many borders to elude authorities. Now backed into a corner in Rio de Janeiro, they must pull one last job in order to gain their freedom. As they assemble their elite team of top racers, the unlikely allies know their only shot of getting out for good means confronting the corrupt businessman who wants them dead. But he's not the only one on their tail. Hard-nosed federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) never misses his target. When he is assigned to track down Dom and Brian, he and his strike team launch an all-out assault to capture them. But as his men tear through Brazil, Hobbs learns he can't separate the good guys from the bad. Now, he must rely on his instincts to corner his prey... before someone else runs them down first. - (C) Universal

Review

I knew this movie was going to be entertaining, to say the least, from the very first scene.  The 5th installment begins exactly where the 4th ended.  With a daring, but very hard to believe, escape from police custody.   Although a lot of the action scenes seemed to be somewhat unrealistic, this was by far the best movie of the franchise.  This movie begins where the last one left off in tying the other films together.  Not only are Dom, Brian and Mia together, the franchises other big names have returned.  Vince (The Fast & the Furious), Roman & Tej (2 Fast 2 Furious), Han (Tokyo Drift) and Gisele (Fast & Furious).  There’s even a cameo after the credits...here’s a hint....think “Hitch”.  This movie moves the franchise from more of a car racing theme to that of a heist/chase movie.  There’s actually only one race in the movie and it’s between the main four guys in stolen cop cars.  There is a heist of luxury cars aboard a train; a Jason Bourne-esque chase along roof tops; and a bruising hand-to-hand melee between The Rock and Vin.  Speaking of The Rock, the best part of the movie was the newcomer Hobbs, played by The Rock.  His epic bad-ass cop makes Dom look anything but intimidating.  Hobbs also has many of the movie’s greatest exchanges/lines.  Here is an example:

Hobbs: Hey Toretto, you're under arrest.
Toretto: I don't feel like I'm under arrest. 
Hobbs: Oh just give it a minute, it will sink in.
O’Conner: We didn't kill those feds. That was Reyes.
Hobbs: I don't give a shit. I'm just here to bring in two assholes whose names hit my desk.
O’Conner: Yeah, that sounds like a real hero.
Hobbs: That's funny. From a guy who took the oath of a cop, then went against everything it stood for, for some wannabe tough guy prick who beat a man half to death with a socket wrench. Yeah, real tough. You turn around and put your hands behind your back.
Toretto: I don't think so.
Hobbs: Your mistake is thinking you have a goddamn choice, boy!
Toretto: And your mistake? Thinking you're in America. You're a long way from home. This is Brazil!

This movie is DEFINITELY a must see for anyone who has enjoyed the other four films.  Makes me anxious to see the next one.  Oh, by the way, the next installment is in production.  Can’t wait!!

Posted by Ryan Gibbs, December 1, 2011 7:54 AM

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