“And your mistake? Thinking you’re in America. You’re a long way from home.
This is Brazil! “
A lot of people see Fast 5 as the game-changer.
It’s not hard to see why. With Fast & Furious beginning to move Dom and Brian’s story from car culture toward Action-packed Blockbuster, Fast 5 is the shot of nitrous that takes it over the line.
With Brian (Paul Walker) and Mia (Jordana Brewster) having freed Dom (Vin Diesel) from prison, they meet up with Vince (Matt Schulze returning from The Fast & The Furious) who sets them up with a job so they can make ends meet.
With the job falling through, it sets off a chain of events that leads them to getting on the wrong side on the most powerful Crime Lord in the area, Hernan Reyes (Joaquim De Almeda).
As they discover the means to take Reyes down, Dom and Brian call in some old friends to assist with a heist that will set them all up for life.
Joined by Tej Parker (Ludacris), Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson), Han Seoul-Oh (Sung Kang), Gisele Yashar (Gal Gadot) and Leo (Tego Calderon) and Santos (Don Omar), who all return from their respective films, the crew come together to pull off something they shouldn’t do, but will.
With Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), a Diplomatic Security Service Agent, and Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky), a Rio Police Officer, on their tail, they race faster cars, escape more dire situations and look to pull off the impossible heist.
Fast 5 seamlessly transitions the series into new territory. Highlighting the original motif of ‘family’ that has sat in place since the first film, we drive away from cars to a crew of people who excel at their craft, even if it’s morally wrong or unjust.
With their ‘Robin Hood’-esque flair, Toretto’s Crew connect as family; A mutual respect for one another in the world they live in.
Justin Lin paints the screen in blues, highlighting the crew’s fight for hope, a way out from where they’ve all landed. And as they fight against the odds playing against them, you can’t help but cheer them on as they defy not only these, but also the laws of reality and logic.
The series begins to ride a high of extremes that only become more intense come the after-credits ending that leads us into Fast & Furious 6.
If the films were given positions in a race, Fast 5 is the one sitting in First.
“Yeah. No wagers. Nobody else. Just you and me, once and for all.”