Quick Take: Fast Five (2011)


So it’s official- they’re getting better as they go along. Where Fast & Furious reunited Brian (Paul Walker) and Dom (Vin Diesel) and the rest of the crew from the first movie, Fast Five reunites everyone from every movie, with the merciful exception of Lucas Black, who doesn’t need to reunite with anyone in any movie ever. Tyrese, Ludacris, Sung Kang, and Gal Gadot are all back from previous installments, and the sense of family that began to congeal in Fast & Furious solidifies here as the chemistry increases with the number of players. Even The Rock (sorry, Dwayne Johnson) manages to fit some scowling in. Justin Lin and his writers have fashioned Fast Five as a heist movie. The stakes are lower than the fourth movie, but it’s the most enjoyable one yet.


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