This is the fifth installment of Fast & Furious franchise, and I think that it’s a pretty good one, given the genre and the narrative. You don’t watch these types of movies expecting to see some deep drama, or great story but cool action and driving sequences plus some hot girls (or guys). Jordana Brewster makes up for the lack of other hot females in the movie, especially because we haven’t seen her in while (I’m not counting Elsa Pataky since she is not provocatively dressed :), and the male cast is a bubbling crackpot of testosterone. I think that they should combine Expendables with Fast Five and have a punch-out and who wins gets to make the next sequel. With a enormous budget and relatively inventive director (I think the safe scene was a bit far fetched, but still fun), movie manages to stay interesting all the way. So if you are looking for an action flick Fast Five is for you, right from the start and the train scene it shows you that you’re on a ride in the funland (where reality is a bit twisted).
What to say about the story of this flick and make it sound interesting? Well, I guess there is no good answer to this question, you can sum it up in a few sentences: some guys steal cars, then they decide to steal some money and there are cops who are out to get them. And that’s it, you don’t need to know what happened in the previous parts (although, this being a fifth part that would seem quite important) just play the movie and try to enjoy. Oh yeah, and the story is set in Rio, trying to imitate Elite Squad (Tropa de Elite), poorly I might add.
Fun Facts: The stunt involving the flatbed truck slamming into the moving train was filmed practically without the use of miniatures or CGI. The collision nearly derailed the train, as can clearly be seen.