The ‘Fast and Furious’ series has obviously
reached a low-point; where there is nothing new to tell except
put on a show of some smartly integrated borrowed stunts (a few new
ones too) and have the cast go through the motions of a furious chase
and escape action frenzy. This one also misses out on the car chases.
The few one-on-one’s are more of an ego thing between the two
leads(played by Vin Diesel and Paul Walker). Screenplay by Chris Morgan
based on the characters by Gary Scott Thompson, is pretty scatty.
Brian(Paul Walker) the ex-cop turned criminal and
Mia(Jordana Brewster) have just broken Dom(Vin Diesel) out of a
25 year jail sentence, and head to Rio where Vince (Matt Schulze)
has a new job lined up for them. They have to sneak out three cars
right off a speeding train for a drug lord named Reyes (Joaquim
de Almeida) but the two decide to keep two for themselves and
from therein begins the hot pursuit action that serenades the pic right
from start to finish. The Feds led by Agent Hobbs(Dwayne Johnson)
and Rio cop Elena (Elsa Pataky) are close on their heels and so are the
druglord and his henchmen. The pace of the film is fast and furious
right on 5th gear(living up to it’s name), the action is high end
liberally spangled with never-seen-before effects and the brawn
quotient is also higher thanks to the addition of muscleman Dwayne
The whole scenario appears bigger and more explosive than the
earlier instalments. Mike Gunther’s stunt work appears to be top-end
and rarified while the complimentary FX also looks superior. The
accompanying sound and background score keeps the pulse pounding at a
furious rhythm and the only relief appears to be when Dom comes on the
scene. His laconic silences appear to be the calm before the
storm. The entire narrative follows a free-for-all
set-up where physics and logic have little say. It all boils down
to what the filmmakers want to show and it’s done with impunity.
Lets not talk about the acting because there isn’t much of it on
display. This film is more about personalities and how images can be
kept alive and enhanced by exaggerated posturing.
For sure the ten year run of this roadshow looks
all set to continue - with Eva Mendes coming back into the scene- the
end credit sequence makes that crystal clear!
Rating: * * *