This is another summer movie to watch out for. For a while, this franchise has been putting out straight-to-DVD quality installments, but that all changed with Fast Five. While it didn’t quite click as a heist movie for me (it was just too clumsy and awkward), it reinforced its weakness with super high-octane action and super dumb stunts, which is all you could possibly ask for in a movie like this. Let’s be honest, you can pick the plot apart all you want (too easy), but they’re just there to set up the insane action sequences. In fact, the action sequences ARE the plot and everything else is just an excuse. It’s like what Michael Bay had been trying for years, but he couldn’t grasp the fact that he tried to make the scope too big and squeezed too much action into a single frame.
Let’s delve into the “plot” a bit. It appears that The Rock was able to track down Vin Diesel after giving him a twenty-four hour head start and now he needs him and his rag tag crew to take down another team of thieves. Michelle Rodriguez is seemingly not dead and is holding a grudge, a mixed martial arts fight breaks out in the subway terminal, a Mad Max type go-cart zips through the streets, and Ludacris informs them of a military tank gunning down a high way and tearing everything apart.
I’m sold. It’s seems that the creators and us as the audience finally reached an understanding and Fast Five wasn’t just a fluke.
This movie comes out on May 24th.
Written by Daniel Lee