‘Fast Five’ to speed away or fall short?

In my early to mid-twenties, I grew up with ‘The Fast and the Furious’ franchise. While it’s no surprise that Universal Studios is continuing the movies for financial success reasons, it is surprising that the main characters and original actors and actresses are coming back for a second-err…third time. It’s even more shocking because the original cast will be back for a fifth installment.

The story for the fifth film in the series looks pretty standard, per usual. Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and company are on the hunt for riches and need to do so stylishly and without catching the eye of the law. You know, since they’re always subtle with loud muscle cars, crazy highway chases and massive explosions. Yeah, subtle is the perfect word to describe the anti-heroes.

The fifth installment of the franchise.

An official poster for 'Fast Five'

Anyway, I digress. While the crew is hatching a plan to steal millions, one badass cop will stop at nothing to foil their plan. This cop? Yup, you guessed it. Dwayne Johnson, AKA The Rock, plays Agent Hobbs. He specializes in big muscles and an angry looking goatee. The two forces collide and the result should be a series of insane (and impossible) car chases and stunts, along with some epic fight scenes and of course, an explosion or two…or three. Maybe four? Who am I kidding; we’ll probably have one explosion every ten minutes.

All joking aside, ‘Fast Five’ does look fun. And let’s be honest, you never see these movies for Oscar winning plots or story. The acting has always been decent with the original cast, and most importantly, they’re familiar. Since we’ve been around these characters for ten years now, it’s easy to feel a sense of attachment. I also like the idea of Dwayne Johnson jumping in, being a fan of his action work.

So bottom line, the film looks good for a Friday night out. Grab a bucket of popcorn, get comfy and enjoy the excess filmmaking that Hollywood offers.

What do you think? Will it fly or flop? Leave a comment below.

Fast Five hits theaters Friday, April 29th.


1,456 thoughts on “‘Fast Five’ to speed away or fall short?