There is car chases and shootouts to spare in FAST FIVE

With Vin Diesel and Paul Walker returning in Fast & Furious, their adventure continues as they are on the run from the law in the latest installment of the franchise, Fast Five.

After escaping from jail, Dom Torretto (Vin Diesel) escapes to Rio de Janeiro along with former federal agent-turned-fugitive Brian O’ Connor (Paul Walker) and Dom’s sister Mia (Jordana Brewster), where they find themselves on the wrong side of a heist-gone-wrong organized by a corrupt businessman named Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida). While they decide to put a team together in order to steal all of Reyes’ money, a task force led by federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), who is looking for Torretto in order to be brought back to the United States.

Fast Five may not be a perfect movie overall, but it is the perfect movie to kick off the summer movie season this year. We can admit as a moviegoer that we do not go watch the latest Fast and the Furious film for the acting. We watch these films to escape reality and watch something that will entertain us for at least two hours. This is what Fast Five manages to do. We are greeted with images and slick cars and beautiful women that seem to fall under the category of “Look But Do Not Touch”.

Fast Five is filled with tremendous action sequences that vary from foot chases and fist fights to shootouts and car chases. The opening sequence, which is the daring prison escape orchestrated by Brian and Mia, is only the tip of the iceberg. The big payoff is the last big action set-piece where Dom and Brian are driving through the streets of Rio de Janeiro with a giant vault in tow.

Fast Five not only reunites Diesel, Walker and Brewster for a third time, but a couple of characters from the past film are part of the heist team including Vince (Matt Schulze) from the original film, Roman (Tyrese Gibson) and Tej (Ludacris) from 2 Fast 2 Furious and Han (Sung Kang) from Tokyo Drift.  Along with some familiar faces, there is also some new blood with Dwayne Johnson aka “The Rock” playing the badass agent who must arrests Dom. They both fare well in the film, but Johnson Johnson is the extra injection of testosterone that this film warrants especially in scenes with Diesel that ultimately leads up to inevitable fist fight between Diesel and Johnson that takes place in a car garage.

While director Justin Lin is back helming the franchise for the third time, it is this film that shows that he has improved as filmmaker since Fast & Furious. With car crashes and explosions that bombards the silver screen in Fast Five, you would think he was the recent graduate from the school of Michael Bay.

Fortunately for Lin, he can actually orchestrate his action sequences thanks to much more developed, coherent and engaging script by Chris Morgan. The plot combines the “car racing and crime” aspect of the previous films and the Ocean’s Eleven-style heist strategy to deliver a great crime caper film. While Morgan’s script is good overall, there are a couple of dead moments in the film and the dialogue sometimes borders on laughable, especially with the stoic Vin Diesel uttering his lines like it is the most important thing he is ever going to say.

As the best sequel of the franchise, Fast Five unofficially kicks off the summer movie season as a fun film that delivers big action sequences and great characters both old and new. Stay tuned after the credits for a secret scene that features a surprise cameo by Eve Mendes and a hint at a possible sixth installment for the franchise.

While Fast Five is released in theaters nationwide today, the film going to be released locally in a D-Box theater at Muvico Hialeah. A D-Box theater consists of regular movie seats and 27 D-Box seats. According to d-box.com, D-Box technology “uses motion effects specifically programmed for each film…which are sent to a motion generating system integrated within either a platform or a seat. The resulting motion is perfectly synchronized with all onscreen action, creating an unmatched realistic immersive experience.”

Alex Rosario, who is the general manager of Muvico Hialeah 12, says he hopes the movie will bring in a big young crowd this weekend that enjoy films like this.

“Our goal with Fast Five is to have our customers to be aware of our D-Box theater,” Rosario says. “Not only is our midnight show sold out, but two of our Friday night showings are sold out as well.”

Fast Five opens in Hialeah theaters today. For showtimes at Muvico Hialeah 12, go to muvico.com

Fast Five: 4.5 stars out of 5

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