Friday, May 06, 2011

Fast & Furious 5

Rating : 6/10
Release Date : 6th May, 2011 (India)
Time : 130 minutes
Director : Justin Lin ; Writer : Chris Morgan, Gary Scott Thompson; Music : Brian Tyler
Starring : Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Matt Schulze, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Joaquim De Almeida, Elsa Pataky

A classic ‘Boys with Toys’ movie, with nary a dull moment, high levels of testosterone, bulging biceps and beautiful babes and a plot that is so full of loopholes, requiring a suspension of disbelief so huge, it could hold up the Worli Sea Link and its proposed extension.

Set in sunny Rio, it involves Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and a motley crew taking on the biggest druglord of the city because they have a chip containing vital information about where his money is stashed. Why this chip is in existence or in the location it was discovered is never explained but then we don’t get any time to ponder over such questions. Fists fly, cars crash, guns gorge bullets and people generally strut around stiffly. A heist along the lines of 'The Italian Job' is planned. To add to the chaos, the US Govt sends their best guy, Dwayne Johnson to track Vin Diesel and his merry men and he certainly does his best to add to the beefy biceps quotient.

The story is not important. The attempt throughout the film is to make you go ‘oooohhhh’. To make you see stunts that you’d never seen before. And in this they succeed. You spend most of the film wondering what lies ahead, what outrageous feat is going to be attempted next. Special mentions for the outstanding background score which makes the heart pulsate throughout the film and for Gal Gadot who achieves the same effect in a different way.

Most of what they show would have even Bond or Tom Cruise of MI questioning rationality or sanity but then this film is not for the faint-hearted. Its one mind boggling stunt after another, held together only in the loosest sense by a simplistic storyline. And its fun. Crazy, but fun.

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