Fast and Furious 5: Rio Heist

Fast-and-Furious-5-French-Poster Director: Justin Lin
Writer: Chris Morgan
Producers: Neal H. Moritz/Vin Diesel/Michael Fottrell
Starring: Vin Diesel/Paul Walker/Jordana Brewster/Dwayne Johnson/Chris “Ludacris” Bridges/Tyrese Gibson/Sung Kang
Year: 2011
Country: US
BBFC Certification: 12
Duration: 130 minutes

After watching the collection of the Fast and Furious movies, you sort of know what to expect in them as all of the movies are pretty much the same as each other; they have an average story, a badly-written script and characters with no personality but they have great action sequences and cool cars. Fast and Furious 5: Rio Heist, however, surprises as this is actually the best in the series and improves on the flaws that were visible in the last four movies. Dominic and his crew find themselves on the wrong side of the law once again as they try to switch lanes between a ruthless drug lord and a relentless federal agent. The story in the movie improves from the other movies as it is a bit interesting and keeps your attention all the way through, the story is decent but it still feels like it’s there just to introduce the action scenes. The story is more fresh in the way that this is the first Fast and Furious movie in the series to actually ditch the very thing that the movies are famous for: street-racing. At most, there is only one scene where the characters actually race but this is a heist movie, as the title suggests. Fast and Furious 5: Rio Heist also has a cast of characters who were in the other movies and they were better this time round than they were in their movies. In this one, they had personality and actually stood out from each other and you actually cared a little bit for them. The acting also improves from the other movies as most of the cast involved in the movie put on a great performance as their characters, especially Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson, who were great as their characters.

If you think that Fast and Furious 5: Rio Heist is a lot more different from the other Fast and Furious movies, think again. Yes, the story might have been quite a big improvement, the characters might have actually had personality and nearly the entire cast might have put on a very good performance but the dialogue was still terrible at times. Fast and Furious 5: Rio Heist has a bad script and when the movie tries to be serious in some of the scenes, it becomes laughable. However, thankfully, the movie seldom has serious scenes so this isn’t a very big problem. The best thing about Fast and Furious 5: Rio Heist is obviously the action scenes as they are bigger, faster and more furious than any of the other movies. Granted that a couple of them were absolutely ridiculous, including the finale, they were still very entertaining and brilliantly done. The stunts involved in the movie were fantastic and would not disappoint anybody who’s looking for some cool action scenes in a movie. Overall, Fast and Furious 5: Rio Heist is surprisingly the best movie out of the entire series and will please fans of the Fast and Furious movies as well as action fans.

This instalment to the fast-paced action franchise is actually the best one out of the lot and it’s very rare that a fourth sequel actually manages to be better than any of its predecessors.The action scenes are brilliant and very memorable, the characters work very well with the story and the story itself is the best out of the four movies. With plenty of brilliant action scenes, crazy stunts and adrenaline-fuelled car chases, Fast and Furious 5: Rio Heist will not disappoint those who are a fan of the franchise and those who are a fan of action movies. Also, I advise that you stay in your seats through the end credits!

7/10

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