Main Reviewer’s review published on Letterboxd:
Get the fifth gear
Fast Five is the 2011 sequel to Fast and Furious, as Dominic Toretto and his crew of street racers plan a massive heist to buy their freedom while in the sights of a powerful Brazilian drug lord and a dangerous federal agent.
I believe that compared to the other films in the franchise, this was the perfect sup up the franchise needed. Probably because driving changed from being the main focus of the film, to just being relevant to the plot. I also like how this film connects back to 2 Fast 2 Furious, as we see the return of both Roman Pearce (played by Tyrese Gibson) and Tej Parker (played by Ludacris). This even connects back to the original, as we also see the return of Vince (played by Matt Schulze). Speaking of awesome, let's talk about Dwayne Johnson. Adding him into this franchise was an amazing idea. He fits in perfectly as Luke Hobbs. However, more action happens in this film than most people realize. As after certain events of the last film, Brian and Mia are expecting. And we also we Han start a relationship with Gisele (which won't end well for either unfortunately). Watching Vin Diesel fight Dwayne Johnson is probably one of the best things I've ever seen. And the bank heist that they pull off at the end of the film is just awesome. Brian Tyler is returned to give this franchise another amazing set of scores and tracks. Finally, just like before I like how you can feel the effects of the previous films in this one. As this film starts with the gang getting Dom out of prison and heading for Brazil. Overall, I absolutely love this film and it’s probably my favorite out of the whole franchise.