Rating: Pretty Damn Good
I have to admit I was surprised, it’s almost as if this franchise is getting better with each sequel, save for Tokyo Drift which was extra special awful. The first one I didn’t like and grudgingly gave it a higher rating because of everyone’s positive reaction to it. The second one I thought was fun, third sucked, fourth was actually pretty good and this one was even better. Was it perfect? Not even slightly. However, for any of the sequels to actually improve on the franchise is amazing to me.
What you’ll hate:
-Cheesy dialogue, this is a problem in all of the movies
-Forced emotion that doesn’t come off as real, another problem of all the movies
-A lot of ladies are complaining that Vin Diesel’s lookin’ out of shape and Dwayne Johnson looks ridiculous with a bald head and a goatee
-Unbelievable action, another problem with all of the movies
What you’ll love:
-It’s a fresh sequel, this one has touches of “Ocean’s Eleven” and “The Italian Job”, the focus is less on the cars and more on how good the characters are at being thieves, there’s still plenty of cars, but we’ve already been through that over and over and they recognized that going into it and brought something I wasn’t expecting
-Hot chicks… lots of a hot chicks
-Knight XV Armored SUV’s, total badassness, if you don’t know what they are, check it out http://conquestvehicles.com/
-They have some good twists and turns with the characters that had me even guessing what their true intentions were
-Cool directing, this one is very gritty and raw looking, I really enjoy how they add some diversity to the franchise with everything from the type of story to the type of cars and even the look and lighting and use of color
-You start to see a more in depth side of all the characters and how true it is when some people claim that they turn to a life of crime for the family aspect of it all
-Gritty gun play and scenery adds to the vibe of the movie
Overall, it’s suspenseful, it’s fun, it’s got tons of different eye candy, it makes an attempt at intelligence and doesn’t fail completely, it has a clear beginning middle and end and manages to do it all with some style. There are a lot of movies that are a lot better than this one that got the same rating, but the rating system is more about the likeliness a person will want to pay to see a movie in theaters, and in that regard it’s about on par with the others. Add in the fact that it’s not just a sequel, but a fifth sequel and the franchise keeps getting better and now it becomes a fascinating anomaly. What other franchise can say its best installment is either the fourth or fifth? I think this is the only one.
Fast Five would be sweet in 3D, it’s worth full price at the theater, see it with friends. I might actually go out and buy part 2, 4 and 5 on DVD at some point. 20 bucks is worth it for 4 and 5 I think.
What did you think?
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