December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

If you are interested in contacting me, you can do so by commenting on any of the posts. The blog will remain live on the web.
Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

April 29, 2011

Fast Five (aka: Fast and the Furious 5 - 2011)

When its over, I just loved this film.  It's not because of the acting or the story or any of that "critically acclaimed" stuff.  I just loved it for the pure entertainment of having Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, and international actors - Joaquim de Almeida and Sung Kang - all in the same movie.  Watching the scenes with Diesel and Johnson and their over sized egos was reminiscent of Pacino and DeNiro (in Heat) or Stallone and Schwarzenegger (in The Expendables).  It's rare to see these two pumped up actors together and the great chemistry they had onscreen.  Director Justin Lin has done a top-notch job at revamping the series and returns to the driver's seat for the third time giving this fifth installment more adrenaline, more guns, and more over the top maniacal driving.  If you're not a fan of the series, this film is still worth a look.  It's got some great vehicular stunts and well-edited chase sequences.  If you are a fan of the series, you can't miss this one.  There is a feeling of closure for the two main characters - Dominic (Diesel) and Brian (Walker), of finally getting that freedom they so often talked about in previous films. There are a few surprises including a loss and an extension of "the family."  Han (Kang) returns, along with some new faces, to help Dominic even the score against a Brazilian drug lord named Reyes (Almeida), but things get messy when a relentless federal agent (Johnson) is assigned to hunt down Dominic and Brian.  Rounding out the main cast is Jordana Brewster, who returns as Brian's girlfriend and Dominic's sister, Mia.    

My rating: 4 out of 5

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