After ex-cop Brian (Walker) and his girlfriend Mia (Brewster) break Dom (Diesel) out of prison, they head to Rio to hide out with Dom's old pal Vince (Schulze). Naturally, Vince has an elaborate heist planned, of course involving superfast cars. And it goes so spectacularly wrong that doggedly determined Federal agent Hobbs (Johnson) heads to Brazil to track them down. But there's one last job to do, which involves getting even with Rio's ruthless crime boss (de Almeida), so they call their old team (including Gibson, Bridges, Gadot and Kang) into action.
The filmmakers plunder the cast lists of the previous four films to bring back every character they can contrive to convince us is still alive, even though they spend all their lives driving like maniacs while dodging machine gun fire and being blasted off their feet by apocalyptic explosions. And that's the part of the film franchise that makes the most sense. Because we never believe a single moment of what we see on screen. And we actually like it more as a result.
The plot is a mind-boggling collection of impossible scenarios (where exactly do they get the cash to stage these insanely complicated capers?), ludicrous action sequences (in which their cars barely get scratched despite colliding with everything in sight) and corny sentimentality. And it works only because no one is taking any of it seriously, so it feels almost like a comedy-fantasy with flying cars, free-running stunts and spectacular scenery. Plus astonishingly beefed-up men and near-naked twig-like women.
So we don't care that Diesel and Walker never even try to act, while Brewster, Pataky (as a staggeringly hot cop) and Gadot stand around being smart, sassy and sexy. And then there's Johnson and Gibson, who can't look stupid if they try; the intelligence behind their eyes and their irresistible on-screen charisma makes them by far the most likeable characters on screen. And the closing teaser for Part 6 leaves us wanting more.
Run time: 130 mins
In Theaters: Friday 29th April 2011
Box Office USA: $209.8M
Box Office Worldwide: $626.1M
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
Production compaines: Universal Pictures, Universal Pictures Corporation, One Race Productions
Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 77%
Fresh: 148 Rotten: 43
IMDB: 7.3 / 10
Director: Justin Lin
Producer: Vin Diesel, Michael Fottrell, Neal H. Moritz
Screenwriter: Chris Morgan
Starring: Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs, Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto, Paul Walker as Brian O'Conner, Jordana Brewster as Mia Toretto, Tyrese Gibson as Roman Pearce, Elsa Pataky as Elena Neves, Ludacris as Tej, Sung Kang as Han, Gal Gadot as Gisele Harabo, Matt Schulze as Vince, Joaquim de Almeida as Hernan Reyes, Tego Calderon as Tego Leo, Don Omar as Rico Santos, Michael Irby as Zizi, Fernando Chien as Wilkes, Alimi Ballard as Fusco, Yorgo Constantine as Chato, Geoff Meed as Macroy, Joseph Melendez as Chief of Police Alemeida, Jeirmarie Osorio as Rosa, Mark Hicks as Capa, Esteban Cueto as Berto, Corey Michael Eubanks as Lanzo, Luis Da Silva Jr. as Diogo, Luis Gonzaga as Cash House Door Guard, Carlos Sanchez as Evidence Technician, Benjamin Blankenship as Lead DEA Agent, Pedro García as Conductor, Arturo Gaskins as Croupier, Jay Jackson as Field Reporter, Arlene Santana as Field Reporter, Kent Shocknek as News Anchor, Sharon Tay as News Anchor, Andy Rosa Adler as News Anchor
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