Movie review: Fast Five
How ridiculously over the top is "Fast Five," you ask? Two words: action subtitles!
Yep, even words burst onto the screen in this silly bit of pre-summer popcorn fun. The movie's subtlety gauge may be stuck on E, but it runs the adrenaline in the red for most of its brisk two hours.
If "Fast Five" is an uninspiring name for a sequel - I was pulling for "Even More Fast and Furiouser Yet!" - it's everything a dumb action sequel should be.
You've got all your returning favorites, as ex-cop Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) teams with ex-con Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel).
After a daring escape from a prison bus that's in a CHiPs-esque crash, Brian and Dom lay low in Brazil. Soon the FBI sics superhound federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) on them.
An eventual heist plot incorporates characters from all of the previous "Fast and Furious" films, but the story is riding in the backseat here.
The action is silly and exhilarating, from a Wild West-style heist from a moving train to a footrace through the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.
I had enough of a blast to forgive the occasional moment of Michael Bay pompousness. Cars go vroom. Stuff goes boom. It delivers what it should.
3 stars out of 4