For those who love fast cars, street fights and a storyline thrown in for good measure, than the Fast and the Furious series is probably one of the top on your favourite movie list. But this latest edition of the famous series is said to be one of the last.
Most new action movies become unpopular after the second or third sequel, and the storyline of the Fast and the Furious series is dubiously strange to say the least. In Fast and the Furious 4 (2009), Han (who died in Tokyo Drift (2006), the third in the series) is part of Toretto's crew in America. Shaun, the main character from Tokyo Drift, seems to vanish from the spotlight altogether. One of the conclusions that can be drawn here is that this fourth movie in the series was initially supposed to be screened before Tokyo Drift as a prelude but was not shown until afterwards; so is left to viewers to decipher.
Now in Fast Five (2011), the directors of the series appear to make the storyline more intricate by including Han again, but also bring some closure to the series by calling it Rio Heist – the last job to gain their freedom. But this movie seems to hold some potential and bring back the fame to the name of the Fast and the Furious, as it is said to be the final sendoff to the series. The big names are back, as (Paul Walker) Brian O'Conner (one of two characters to be in all the series with the exception of Tokyo Drift), (Tyrese Gibson) Roman Pearce (from 2 Fast 2 Furious, arguably the best in the series), (Vin Diesel) Dom Toretto (one of the key characters in the series), (Ludacris Bridges) Tej Parker (the organiser of the crew) and a new addition, Dwayne ("The Rock") Johnson, all come together to make this a car chasing, gun blazing, action-packing finale that hopefully will restore fame to this classic Hollywood series.
This movie was one of the best in the series. The action packed fights were astonishing and the cars were as expected. The Rock only further enhanced the experience and his dynamic conflicts with Diesel was something that kept me hanging on for the whole movie. The suprise after the credits meant that the whole series has been flipped on its head. I can not wait for the next one.