Reviewed by: Joseph Yates
Vin Diesel … Dominic Toretto
Paul Walker … Brian O’Conner
Jordana Brewster … Mia
Tyrese Gibson … Roman
Chris “Ludacris” Bridges … Tej
Matt Schulze … Vince
Sung Kang … Han
Gal Gadot … Gisele
Tego Calderon … Leo
Don Omar … Santos
Joaquim de Almeida … Reyes
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson … Hobbs
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Dark Side Productions
Amanda Lewis … executive producer
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What guy doesn’t like watching a movie with fast cars, fighting, and explosions? “Fast Five” comes at you with both barrels. The beginning starts with a jailbreak, moving on almost seamlessly to another country where the racers (Paul Walker and Vin Diesel’s characters) are lying low. Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) makes a call for another “job.” All does not go as planned, which then sets up the story for the rest of the film.
The story itself is very well done, with some interesting plot twists. It is cohesive and believable as a film. Each character in the movie goes together and brings the story to life. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s character, an FBI agent named Lucas Hobbs, provides an excellent conflict for the racers. He is a no-nonsense tough-guy agent, who sometimes takes matters into his own hands. The fight scenes, car chases, and explosions are all nicely done and good special effects. The only minor quibble: the jailbreak scene at the beginning suffers from some second-rate CGI. Other than that, the effects team did a very good job with this film.
“Fast Five” is rated PG-13, and for good reason. The film is constant action, featuring explosions, fist fights, gun fights, and neck-breaking (literally). Many people are killed in fights, including FBI agents and criminals. The violence, although high, is not that bloody. There are street-racing scenes, ogling scantily clad women, some of whom are suggestively dancing. A female character is pregnant, but not married. There is mention of “vaginal action,” and one female character is asked if she would spread her legs. Foul language is moderate, with one f-word and several uses each of h-ll, b-tch, sh-t, d-mn, g-dd-mn, and a—.
When FBI agents are thought of, they are thought of as good guys. However, Dwayne Johnson’s character Lucas Hobbs shows the audience how a life of violence can desensitize and turn you cold. When reminded that the street racers they are pursuing are people, Hobbs remarks that they are just faces on a page. This emotional detachment can be seen elsewhere, as he shoots an enemy, when the enemy was unarmed and probably willing to surrender. This illustrates King Solomon’s point: “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” (Proverbs 4:23, NLT), and yet also proves Jeremiah correct in saying “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9, NASB). Movies like this one are fun, but avoid growing desensitized. For some people, it takes a lot to desensitize them. Others it doesn’t take much, at all. As Solomon said, watch your heart.
“Fast Five” is a fun action flick to kick off the summer movie season. Well-acted, excellent special effects, and a great story make this movie a fun choice.
Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: Moderate
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