Getcha baby oil ready, because Fast and Furious franchise just got a shot in the arm. The 2011 film Fast Five, written and directed by Justin Lin, was a turning point for the franchise, and is in my opinion the best of all the films to date.
Taking a page out of the heist film genre, Fast Five unites Dom and Brian’s entire crew for the first time on screen, and pits them against a formidable anti-hero in Dwayne Johnsons agent Hobbs. A character where the only thing bigger than his screen presence is his distractingly large biceps.
From a narrative standpoint Fast Five has perhaps the most viable character motivations of any movie in this franchise so far. By bringing back a crucial character from the original, and raising the stakes for all of Dom’s team with a revelation that unites them all, Justin Lin is able to actually make me care about things in this movie besides epic and insane stunt sequences.
Whether you’re a fan of the loud mouth Roman Pierce (played by Tyrese) or the gorgeous and cerebral Giselle (played by Gal Gadot), or you just want to see an incredibly fun Summer blockbuster, Fast Five has something for you.
On the Geek Motivation grading scale, it clocks in at a 5: A great movie that leaves the viewer satisfied.
Written by: The Bro Force Squad