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  • Summary: Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead a reunion of returning all-stars from every chapter of the explosive franchise built on speed in Fast Five. In this installment, former cop Brian O'Conner partners with ex-con Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) on the opposite side of the law. [Universal Pictures]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Apr 28, 2011
    83
    Like a proper action sequel, it's bigger, louder, and sillier than its predecessors, but it's more streamlined, too, smartly dumping the tired underground racing angle in favor of a crisp, hugely satisfying "Ocean's Eleven"-style heist movie.
  2. Reviewed by: Pete Hammond
    Apr 23, 2011
    80
    Features some of the most exhilarating action sequences the screen has seen in years.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    Apr 29, 2011
    80
    Dwayne Johnson hops aboard as a stern U.S. agent hot on Diesel's trail, and the whole thing progresses to one of the looniest heists of all time. The result is the most exciting, visually jazzy, and absurd entry in the series.
  4. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Apr 28, 2011
    75
    Fast Five is brawny dumb fun, nothing more but that's enough.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Apr 28, 2011
    70
    Gets lots of mileage from a combination of high spirits, scorn for the laws of physics, readily renewable energy and an emphasis on family values-not those of the nuclear family, but of hell-raising, drag-racing outlaws who genuinely care for one another.
  6. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Apr 29, 2011
    63
    Satisfies on a visual and visceral level while leaving the intellectual one cold and shriveled and starving.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Apr 29, 2011
    38
    If you're wondering why this movie must stretch past two hours, it's because it takes that long to read every item in the cliché dictionary.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 95 out of 115
  2. Negative: 13 out of 115
  1. May 3, 2011
    10
    I don't think anyone expected the fifth film of the series to be the best. Up to this point the only one I liked was the first one, but after seeing this one possibly the greatest car themed film ever. it's full of action, comedy, drama, babes, and way more. True it didn't have too much racing in it for a street racing film , but the use of street racing was one of the main reasons none of the films got good reviews, and because of the fact that the last chase scene is one that you'll never forget. I definetly recommend this film to all, whether your a fan of racing or not. Expand
  2. Jul 25, 2011
    10
    Fast Five is a brilliant film. It had the best story in the franchise, some of my favourite actors from the last films are in this one and the action & stunts in this film are great. The driving sequence in this film is just fantastic and the actors did probably their best performance ever in this film. I would give this film a full price. Expand
  3. May 22, 2011
    9
    This movie rocked and seeing all of those great characters again was just awesome. I loved this movie alot. It's right up there with the first Fast movie. A very close second!! Expand
  4. May 17, 2011
    8
    Basically fast cars, goofy characters that you know if you watched the series, great character interplay for a chase film, and awesome special effects, explosions, and a few good looking girls. It doesn't have much of a plot but be honest that is not why you are watching this movie, so who cares! Overall for a good fun thrill ride with narrow escapes and the most prepared crew for any circumstance it is worth the ticket price to see it in theaters. Expand
  5. May 17, 2013
    7
    Its at times ridiculous, but 'Fast Five' is to undeniably fun, and action packed to not enjoy. In some ways its terrible, but in so many others it's some of the most fun your going to have at the cinema in years. Expand
  6. May 1, 2011
    7
    The latest in the Fast and Furious franchise has recently hit the screens and what with the others being a good way to spend a few hours I was hoping for a similar type of movie from this one with plenty of great cars and car chases to boot.

    Set after Fast & Furious (No. 4) but before The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (No. 3), this time the action is played out in Rio, Brazil after Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) has escaped from police custody in the US with help from his old pal Brian (Paul Walker) and sister Mia (Jordana Brewster) and gone into hiding. With them needing money to disappear forever, Dom hatches a plan to steal all the money from Rio's most reputable underworld kingpin Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida).

    At the same time they are being hunted down by the elite federal agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and his team who are trying to capture and take him back to prison. Although it is quite possible to watch this movie without seeing the previous 4 there will be some parts that may slip you by as the writers have assumed that, if your coming to see this movie then there is a very strong possibility you have seen at least a couple of the prequels/sequel.

    One thing that I was quite surprised about was the lack of actual cars in the storyline. Sure they were involved slightly more than a normal action movie but I was expecting a lot more. There were probably only 2/3 scenes involving racing or car stunts and when the whole movie is supposed to be based around cars I was expecting just that little bit more. If fact in one scene just when you are expecting a good old fashioned drag race, they cut away to reveal the car back in the garage and already won!

    The action does make up for this though and is fast flowing throughout as they jump from one explosion/fight scene to the next. The casting of Johnson as the bad-ass agent was a stroke of genius with him bringing his former WWE smack talk to the character. He really makes you want to hate him and I especially enjoyed the Johnson Vs. Diesel fight scene as the 2 heavyweights traded blows.

    At over 2 hours this is by far the longest in the franchise and although in general the time will pass quickly, they could have easily chopped off a few minutes here and there to stop the risk of it dragging for some people. The acting and script is nothing special and you will have to sit through a fair bit of 'we're doing this for family' talk but that is not what people will come to watch this movie for.

    With Neal H. Moritz announcing in March the development of a sixth and seventh movie for the series it is doubtful that this surprisingly long lasting franchise will go away quietly. Despite having lots of good action and successfully filling a void in my day, lets just hope that they return to the core basics for the next one rather than forgetting the main reason for these movies was supposed to be the cars.

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  7. May 27, 2013
    0
    Seriously I don't like any Fast & Furious movies. There are too many Hollywood sequels, too long. Movies like Resident Evil, Transformers, Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter. Just make at least 2 then finish. Expand

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