By Ashwini Vethakan
Mind blasting crashes. Beautiful women. Boiling testosterone and the cars you could only find in your dreams.
Yes, that’s right. The Fast And The Furious franchise is back with its fifth installment Fast Five. Director Justin Lin returns for the third time and starts the story off with tyre screeches and the vivacious attitude towards breaking the laws of science and inference of the series. Both, former police officer, Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker ) and lover Mia (Jordana Brewster) team up with steamy rides to help break Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) out of a prison transporting van. The trio then bail out to Rio de Janeiro, where for undoubtable reasons, Lin would have shown us the glamours and exquisite side, but instead we are given the part run by poverty and are shown Favelas and the gun bearing bad guys.
While some may be disappointed by the lack of car crashes choreographed and their patience tested by long collision free stretches, Lin serves you two works of art that brings about a new height in the metal crunching pandemonium.
After making a ruthless enemy of the city’s powerful drug lord, Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida) the team find themselves in a jam so big, it makes illegal racing look like child’s play. With the tough agent,Hobbs ,(Dwayne Johnson) hot on their trail and Reyes’ men blowing them around with grenades, Dom decides the only way they can buy their freedom is with a $100 million of Reyes’ money. And so the movie begins to unfold with Dominic bringing together a “dream team” calling the familiar faces of the previous franchise favourites including, Gisele (Gal Gadot), Tej (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges), Roman (Tyrese Gibson) and Han (Sung Kang) for one last job.
Screen writer Chris Morgan spices up the dialogues with some good knock out lines and Johnson seems to be enjoying his fiery recapitulation.
This is by far the most expensive installment yet and it is extremely sure that the money wasn’t used on acting classes for the cast. It is very obvious that with time actors Vin, Paul, Jordana along with the rest of the cast have only gotten better with their roles making it seem almost natural to be driving recklessly and jumping off buildings, while explosions go off around them on screen.
With Paul Walker and Jordana Brewster harbouring a little secret of their own and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) back from the dead, we can only hope for a sixth installment any time soon.