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One of my favorite movies of the past summer (now out on DVD) is Fast Five. I know what you’re thinking, because most of my friends have had this debate with me: "Really? You enjoyed that movie?" They are quick to dismiss the movie because the acting is terrible.
It’s Worth Watching
Hopefully with this blog posting, I can change your mind and show you why this movie is worth checking out. Are there ever times where you just want to shut down your brain and enjoy a pure-adrenaline, stunt-driven movie? Then Fast Five is for you.
The fifth movie in the Fast & Furious series finds Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O'Connor (Paul Walker) on the run from the law again, this time in Rio De Janeiro. In order to secure their freedom permanently, they plan to steal 100 million dollars from a drug kingpin. This gives Dominic Toretto and Brian O'Connor the chance to call everyone back from the previous Fast and Furious series for one last heist.
The Rock Factor
Complicating things for this Fast and Furious all-star crew is Luke Hobbs (played by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson), a law enforcement agent tasked with bringing Dominic Toretto and Brian O'Connor back to the states. Johnson is a certified action-movie star himself, and pairing him against Vin Diesel for an action movie is pure genius in my mind. Watch out for their explosive face-off…it’s like watching two action stars in their prime trying to flex more muscle than the other.
Bad Acting? So What?
To enjoy this movie, you have to go in expecting bad acting. The cast assembled here is probably not going to win the Academy Award for Best Acting anytime soon, but that is part of the appeal. You really can't take the acting too seriously. In fact, during some of the more dramatic scenes, it helps to laugh a little at how bad the acting can be. Focus instead on the insane car stunts, fights, and incredible heist scene at the end of the movie.
Daniel Ng is an intern at the Atherton and Brisbane Library. He loves a good action movie from time to time.