This is the fifth installment in the Fast and Furious franchise of movies, and this storyline is not slowing down any time soon. This story takes place between The Fast and the Furious 2 and Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift. This time, we are treated to the exotic locale of Rio de Janeiro, this movie is a far, far cry from the animated family film, Rio, which I reviewed a few weeks ago. This film is pure adrenaline, filled with all kinds of eye candy, both of the human and mechanical kind. All our favourite characters are back, with the exception of Letty (Michelle Rodriguez).
Toretto’s team gets a job set up through Vince (Matt Schulze), and Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker), Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster), Han Lue (Sung Kang) [my personal favourite member of the team!], along with their technicians, Tego Leo (Tego Leo), and Rico Santos (Don Omar), are doing their updated version of The Great Train Robbery, and are boosting some high end cars from a train out in the desert. Two DEA agents are escorting the goods to bring in as evidence against Brazilian drug lord Hernan Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida). The team blows the freight car that is holding the cars, and succeeds in stealing two of them, but after their plans go awry and the agents are killed in the heist, they are only able to get one of the cars back to the shop.
In comes federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), and he is a man of the law, pure and simple. He teams up with a non-corrupt local cop, Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky) to find them. He means to take the Toretto team back home to bring them to justice, but he has to find them first, but he does not know that Reyes is out to get them as well. Reyes’ team of thugs is sent to find them to get that one car back, and they tear apart the favela to get at them, but they cross paths with Hobbs along the way, so now the agent has two targets he has to deal with.
Reyes has his filthy rich hands into everything in the town of Rio, but Toretto’s team is bound to find out what it is about that one car they want so badly. They take it apart and find a chip, and on it is a list of all of Reyes’ money-houses, in which they see numbers, which indicate a weight measurement, not of a specific amount of a particular narcotic, but an amount of cash. They have Reyes’ secret, and now they need to find out where he is holding all of it. Not all that surprising that he has the bulk of the cash stored in the central police department’s evidence vault, since he has about 90% of the police on his payroll.
Toretto and his gang are tired of running from the law and are ready to settle down. They see taking down Reyes as their one last big hit, and then they can retire. They bring in some outside help, many we have seen from previous F&F movies, Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson), Tej Parker (Ludacris), Gisele Harabo (Gal Gadot) are brought in, and this is going to be the biggest heist they have ever done. This takes us into shady places and wild scenes filled with gunfire, fast cars, crashes, spills and thrills. All the best features of the F&F films are included in this movie, the big street races, the pretty women in scanty skirts, and very short shorts, even shorter and scantier now that they are in Brasil!
This is one of the best of the F&F movies so far, and I am very much looking forward to F&F 6, which we know is in the works since we were treated to an Easter Egg in the credits. I’m not sure if F&F will be able to catch up to Harry Potter in the franchise runnings, and they might never catch up with the front runner, Gojira/Godzilla (28 films so far of our favorite radioactive mutated lizard), but it is going to going to be lots of fun watching them try.
I give this film a Musing review of