After breaking out Dom Torretto (Vin Diesel) at the end of the fourth installment of this series, we find Dom, his sister Mia (Jordana Brewster) and Brian (Paul Walker) all wanted by the US government and held up in Rio de Janiero. When they decide to take another job, things go from bad to worse when three federal agents are killed. Blamed for the killings, now the three of them have an even bigger problem on their hands. The government is sending their #1 fugitive hunter Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), who has never lost a target. Once Hobbs and his team get to Rio, he learns he can’t separate the good guys from the bad. Running Rio de Janeiro is a ruthless crime lord named Reyes (Joaquim De Almeida) who also has his sights on Dom and Brian, and he isn’t going to let anyone stand in his way of getting to them first.

Meanwhile, Dom and Brian come up with a plan that will get them enough money to disappear forever and not have to worry about running anymore. They will have to put together a team, and that team will consist of some old friends. Joining them will be Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges), Han (Sung Kang), Vince (Matt Schulze), Gisele (Gal Gadot), and Leo & Santos (Tego Calderon & Don Omar). With the whole crew back together again, will they be able to pull off their biggest heist to date? Can Dominic and Brian escape the grasps of both Hobbs and Reyes? If they can get behind the wheel of a car, that’ll give them a better chance.

This movie was an adrenaline rush from beginning to end. Having basically the whole cast from the four movies combined (minus Lucas Black & Bow Wow from F&F: Tokyo Drift), it was good to see them all in one movie together. The movie had humor, lots of action, and of course some of the best car scenes you’ve ever witnessed. Plus what better way to do those car action scenes, then with some of the most beautiful high performance vehicles known to man. That’s one thing that has never changed in the Fast & Furious movies, and that’s the cars that are driven in these movies. Each movie is like going to a “Car Show” and actually seeing the cars perform at their highest level. Bringing Dwayne Johnson into the mix added an extra dose of testosterone to the movie. No longer is Vin Diesel the only one flexing his biceps in almost every scene. So of course you know there is a huge fight scene between the two of them. When Dwayne first appears on the screen, I was thinking that he was playing the character a little bit over the top, but as the movie went on, it seemed to disappear and he became more tolerable. There were a lot of action scenes that were really, really questionable, but hey as far as enjoyable, they filled the order. Now there haven’t been many franchise movies that focus so much of the action revolving around cars going at high speeds, but for any others there may be, these movies take top honors in that category. I actually left the theater wanting to get in a car and just push it to the limit, but of course that’s illegal.

One thing I have to tell you is, when the movie is over and the credits are rolling, don’t leave your seat. There is a sneak peek at what will probably be the storyline for a 6th installment. I already have a name for it. “Fast & Furious: 6th Gear”. I gave this movie 3 shifts out of 4. It was really good, and in my opinion better than the last one, which I also enjoyed. The movie runs 2 hours and 10mins. It’s rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, sexual content and language. It was written by Chris Morgan & Gary Scott Thompson. It was directed by Justin Lin. The film was produced by Original Film, One Race Films. It was distributed Universal Pictures.

I’m living life in the fast lane. Ezo
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