Fast Five

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Douglas Coats
Erik Harshman
Eng. 030-650 Intro to College Writing
Fall 2011 – Critique Essay

Fast Five

Defying some laws of physics, and the laws of sequels, “Fast Five” is the fourth sequel to 2001’s “The Fast and the Furious” that’s worth watching and isn’t an embarrassment to the original picture. “Fast Five” promises us more exhilarating action sequences, fast vintage muscle cars, lots of cold cash and let’s not forget some hot compliant cuties.

The new setting of Brazil takes diehard car thief Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), ex-cop Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and teams them up with FBI agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) to pull off “one last job” and take down a Brazilian drug trafficking drug lord before retiring.

Director Justin Lin wastes no time putting everyone on the edge of their seats and tying up the loose ends from the previous movie, with a spectacular bus-flipping jail break for Dom Toretto, which is en route to prison for a twenty-five year prison sentence, led by his sister Mia (Jordana Brewster) and her boyfriend Brian O’Connor. A news anchor from the expositional channel helpfully informs us that no one was killed and only Dom escapes.

Just minutes later, all three are declared wanted by the police. Dom, Brian and Mia escape to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and meet up with former gang member Vince (Matt Schulze). Vince offers them a daring job- stealing expensive race cars from a speeding train, while being watched by the DEA and the owner. All while Brazilian drug lord Hernan Reyes (Joachim de Almeida) is about to lose a GPS computer chip, hidden in one of the cars, that contains incriminating information on Rio’s entire underground drug trafficking world. It all falls into the wrong (or right) hands of the gang and Hernan Reyes wants it back. Meanwhile, FBI agent (Dwayne Johnson) is hot on their trail.

When things don’t go as planned on the speeding train, Dom puts together the ultimate team for one final heist: to steal...
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