Movie Review: ‘Fast Five’

Leon Goodrum

Leon Goodrum
Leon Goodrum

LA MESA – Furious Five is the fourth in the order of The Fast and Furious franchise. Although there are five films, the third – Tokyo Drift – is technically the last in the order. In 2001, when The Fast and the Furious was released it became an instant hit, producing several sequels including 2 fast 2 furious, Tokyo Drift, and Fast and Furious.  The Fast and the Furious series continues to be well received.

Returning characters who blessed the screen in this action-packed ride included the following: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges.  With the addition of a new cast member Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the cast has really been rounded-out.

The movie starts off after the events of the fourth film of the series, Fast and Furious. We find Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) finally caught and brought to trial for the savage beating that had occurred in the first film. Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker), along with Dom’s sister Mia (Jordana Brewster), break Dom out of custody, and the trio flee to South America.

O’Conner is now a former FBI agent, and is on the run along with Mia and Dom, chased by Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) a mammoth of a man with a flawless track record of capturing fugitives.

The trio, in order to make their lives set, devise a plan to pull one last big job.  Then enter a cast of wise-cracking, race-car-driving thieves, including  Roman Pearce (Tyrese), Tej (Ludacris), Han Lue(Sung Kang), and Vince (Matt Schulze).

The film has excellent cinematography, shot on location in Brazil.

The downfall of the film is the acting (not to mention you kind of know what has to happen in the end if you follow the series). Furious Five is a good watch if you’re a fan of the movie series, however don’t expect the same amount of races and awesome cars – the film is, instead, focused on the lives of the cast and their desperate fight to stay out of jail.

Oh yeah, don’t forget to catch the end credits – surprises are in store.

Film: Furious Five
Director: Justin Lin
Rated: R
Written by: Chris Morgan
Actors: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Dwayne Johnson
Film Rating: 3.5 out of 5


Goodrum is a student in Media Comm 132; email him at [email protected]