Fast & Furious 5: Rio Heist Reviewed

 Writen by Chris Morgan and directed by Justin Lin, Fast & Furious 5: Rio Heist takes us to the streets of Brazil in this 5th installment of the highly successful franchise. No more new plot lines as the movie picks up from where it left off in Fast & Furious where Brian O'Conner and Mia Toretto are trying to break out Dom Toretto from a transport bus heading to a maximum security prison.

The Plot

The original franchise stars Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead a reunion of returning all-stars from every chapter of the explosive franchise built on speed in Fast & Furious 5: Rio Heist. In this installment, former cop Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) partners with ex-con Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) on the opposite side of the law.

Dwayne Johnson joins returning favorites Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Matt Schulze, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Tego Calderon and Don Omar for this ultimate high-stakes race. Since Brian and Mia Toretto (Brewster) broke Dom out of custody, they've blown across many borders to elude authorities. Now backed into a corner in Rio de Janeiro, they must pull one last job in order to gain their freedom.

As they assemble their elite team of top racers, the unlikely allies know their only shot of getting out for good means confronting the corrupt businessman who wants them dead. But he's not the only one on their tail. Hard-nosed federal agent Luke Hobbs (Johnson) never misses his target. When he is assigned to track down Dom and Brian, he and his strike team launch an all-out assault to capture them. 

The Verdict

Let's go into the plot. Is it ridiculas? Yeah maybe a little but the brilliance of how this movie was assembled in terms of action sequences and stunt driving made it believable so heck yeah it was as a friend of mine said "It's like Transformers without the vehicles which could transform"

Having said that, It's truely everything I dreamed off in a Fast & Furious franchise. Action sequences were good and the cast was like the oceans eleven of the racing world and I would it's gone the one fight any action buff would want to see.

Vin Diesel vs The Rock

I mean these 2 heavy weights with similar haircuts (or not) finally square off. It's like this mega cosmic event that ripples through the action blockbuster world! Who won? Well………..you really wanna watch and find out.

The comic relief is good too with Tyrese Gibson the main provider as his character Roman Pearce was called into the team because he had the biggest mouth who could talk his way out of anything.

Spoiler alert

There's a scene where Dom, Brian, Han and Roman race the quarter mile and Tyrese Gibson was damn funny in this scene. Just watch out for what he does with his car.

The babe factor was provided by Jordana Brewster (whom every mom would approve of) and Gal Gadot who just oozes with sex appeal and legs that just go on forever.

It would appear that Justin Lin's goal was to create the ultimate Fast & Furious movie and third times a charm for this guy because this instalment is definately a step up from the previous Fast & Furious film and it almost, just almost is as good as the original The Fast and the Furious (Rob Cohen's version is still the best for me)  

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

The movie's final chase scene with the vault is hands down, the best chase sequence in the entire franchise. A word of advice, don't forget to stay for the post credits scene.

Fast & Furious 5: Rio Heist opens in cinemas 5 May

Photos courtesy of United International Pictures Singapore

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