Skip to main content

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Fast Five (2011)

What is it about? 

Dominic and the crew find themselves on the run again from a Brazilian mob and U.S. federal agents as they attempt to pull of one last job to secure their future freedom.

Who is in it?

Vin Diesel - Dominic Toretto

Paul Walker - Brian O'Conner

Jordana Brewster - Mia Toretto

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson - Lou Hobbs

Favorite Scene:

The fight scene between Dominic Toretto and Lou Hobbs in the warehouse. 

The final scene at the end of the movie where there Hobbs received word that a job was pulled in Berlin, Germany by Letti, who was presumed dead. "Do you believe in ghosts?" is the statement leaving a cliffhanger for another installation of the series.

Favorite Quote:

Tego Leo: Why you gotta be so negative, man?
Rico Santos: I'm not negative. I'm just positive you're gonna mess it up. 

Monica Fuentes: You need to look at that. Berlin, 3:00 a.m. this morning. A team of drivers hijacked a military convoy.
Hobbs: Toretto?
Monica Fuentes: Nope.
Hobbs: Ain't interested.
Monica Fuentes: Yes, you are. Keep looking. Do you believe in ghosts?

Review:

Fast Five is an interesting film to review. The Fast and The Furious series over the years have gained a specific following that is quite unique. From car lovers to women who just love the men in the series, no matter the quality of the actual film, once it has cars, speed, action, violence, and some fist pumping music thrown in, the fan base is satisfied. Fast Five seems to be of the similar formula. 

The fifth installation boasts an array of talent that really adds to the film. Bringing together specific characters from each of the first four movies is a nice touch that gives it a nostalgic touch. It is a small concept that often goes unnoticed in many movie series, but somehow, they have managed to not only preserve the idea of continuity throughout the series, but one that gives an additional investment for fans. Add in the usual cool cars, racing scenes, and some dynamic special effects and camera views during the action, Fast Five is a very good film to look at. 

On the other side, there is the lack of logic and development in the film. There are moments where you will question the action. How did they just steal four police cars? How did Dom Toretto manage to get an entire underground drag racing culture in Brazil to suddenly help him? How did the police chasing them not see the safe switch? 

Maybe its nitpicking, but sometimes there are holes that make a viewer confused. Fortunately, the crash-style plot concept will mask those holes.

Also, there is something about the plot and the team of specialized individuals that is reminiscent of Italian Job. At any moment, it just feels like Toretto will eventual say, "we'll do it just like the Italian job".

Nonethless, the talent in the film shined, especially The Rock, who really added a new element in his role as Lou Hobbs. 
Overall, Fast Five is a dynamic film that has so many things going on, good and bad, that it really doesn't matter. At the end of the film, it is entertaining in an enigmatic way. 

Grade: 3/5

Recently Read Posts

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 11/20/22

3 Up 1. Bad Bunny - Congratulations (and major breakthrough props) are in order for Bad Bunny who made history with the first Spanish-Language Album of the Year nomination. The dude has been crushing it with major cross-over appeal - and yes, he's a helluva wrestler.  2. Taylor Swift - This could be a down because of the entire Ticketmaster ordeal, but Swift gets the "Up" solely because only she can break Ticketmaster like this. The star power continues to be amazing.  3. FIFA World Cup - Sure, there is plenty of negatives to get into here, but the event itself is amazing. I'm ready to get caught up in it all.  3 Down 1. Iran Protestors - The nation is in political unrest and many protesters being caught are being sentenced to harsh penalties, or worse, death. Just more instability  2. U.S. Mass Shootings - We just continue to give access to individuals who shouldn't have guns. We've become so numb to this. What have we become?  Prayers, comfort, and positive

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 12/11/22

3 Up 1. Protection of Same-Sex Marriage - Well, what do you know? Our elected officials CAN work together to get important policies completed that accurately and democratically represent the people. Cynicism aside, it's good to see this bill get passed. Imagine the huge step back that this would have been. 2. Britney Griner Home - I honestly don't care about the politics around this story. Griner needed to come home. And I'm glad she finally is.  3. Impact Wrestling Main Event - Everything that was "Speedball" Mike Bailey vs. "The Walking Weapon" Josh Alexander on this week's episode of Impact Wrestling was what makes pro wrestling so great. Both guys put on a classic that lasted almost an hour, and it was one of the best matches I've enjoyed in a long time. Kudos to both men.  3 Down 1. Grant Wahl - It's the kind of story that is super emotional for the following reasons: 1) Wahl was the premiere journalist in the soccer real; 2) Wahl was be

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 1/15/23

3 Up 1. Healthcare Debt Removed from Credit Score - This is a small win in a direction that just seems, well...reasonable. Healthcare is expensive and not exactly the fault of an individual's ability to handle their finances responsibly. The subtle change (with restrictions) is a nice addition that ought to help many battling health issues, yet not derail their entire personal life.  2. Alyssa Thompson - The teenage phenom comes off gaining some International play but becoming the first overall pick in the NWSL. Thompson's future is SO bright, and this should be part of that narrative when we marvel at her journey.  3. Ozone Layer Recovery - For years, as a kid, I remember hearing that "we were constantly damaging the Ozone layer". Many thanks to Captain Planet and the Planeteers for that insight. I'm glad to see there has been some progress there.  3 Down 1. Brazil Democracy - It's a shame to see politicians around the world pull from our history with senti

Sunday Sundown Rundown - 12/4/22

3 Up  1. Rail Workers Agreement - The nation avoiding a major - major! - supply chain issue when the Rail Workers union settled their dispute. In the process we learned that these workers had one - one! - sick day per year. That's absolutely insane. How could you not root for the union here to win? And they did.  2. Protecting Same-Sex/Interracial Marriage - It's amazing that we have to politicize and advocate as people for these kid of things, but here we are.  3. World Cup - Sports biggest event continues on with some thrilling games and upsets. Selfishly giving some love to the US Men's National Team who survived Group Play and made it to the Knockout stages.  3 Down 1. "Terminating the Constitution" - Look, I'm so over bashing Donald Trump. That's my neutral take on it all. My political take is this, how did we get here? Candidates are calling for ripping up the document that we base everything off of? Again, how did we get here?  2. Hate Speech on Twi