Here Brian & Mia meet Vince (Matt Schulze) and are offered an easy job to steal cars from a moving train. During the job is when Dom joins them, only to discover there is more than what meets the eye and Dom & Brian are captured by the henchmen of drug lord Hernan Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida). Reyes controls the favelas by supplying the people electricity and clean water. During the fight, Reyes henchmen kill 3 DEA agents, who had confiscated these cars.
Since one of their men got killed, the US government does not keep quiet and deputes Special Agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne The Rock Johnson) via the DSS to bring the criminals to justice.
Dom & Brian decide that they have run enough and need to settle down now, with Mia pregnant and all. So in order to buy themselves their freedom and teach Reyes a lesson, they decide to use the data on the chip that they found in one of the cars that they stole on the train and loot Reyes of all his money.
Now begins a dog eat dog chase, wherein Reyes and Hobbs are hunting down Dom & Brian. Dom & Brian on their part have decided to recruit past team members to pull off their biggest heist ever. Bigger, Cheesier, Faster!
Justin Lin (F&F; Tokyo Drift, F&F;, Fast 5) has finally got it right with his third outing in the F&F; franchisee. He does not waste time this time around trying to use the age old formula of cars, cars and more cars. This time around he mixes the cars with characters that you can, to some extent, relate to. So using the cast from the previous installments, he comes up with Oceans Eleven, Fast & Furious style! So Clooney is replaced by Diesel! Now for some, it might be sacrilege to even attempt so, but hey, this is Fast & Furious. Form the minute one buys the ticket to enter the auditorium, one should realize that this is Doms world! Justins treatment of the entire action set pieces, be it the crashes, chases, and crazy escapes, which could have been good ideas on paper, but it is their execution, and his camerawork, which is truly creative.
With additional supporting cast like Vince (Matt Schulze, F&F1;, The Transorter, Torque), Han (Sung Kang F&F; Tokyo Drift, Antwone Fisher, Ninja Assassin), Roman Pierce (Tyrese Gibson, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Transformers) , Tej Parker (Ludacris, 2 Fast 2 Furious, RocknRolla), Giselle Yashar (Gal Gadot, Fast & Furious, Knight & Day), Tego Leo (Tego Calderon, Fast & Furious) & Ricos Santos (Don Omar, Fast & Furious). To add more spice we have Dwayne Johnson, who matches Diesel pate to pate, tee to tee, muscle to muscle, glare to glare.
This casting in a manner, works in favour of the film. With so many people on screen, the screen time for the cars does take a back seat.
Yes, it does have its share of bootylicious, photogenic, skimpily clad women, heck, even the local cop, Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky) looks sexy in the policia uniform. There is the standard car race across downtown, for the regular F&F; junkies.
But this F&F;, is for the hardcore cop/ gangsta buddy flick lovers. It is all about brothahood. Be it between Dom & Brian, Dom & Vince or even Dom & Hobbs. And according to me, it is that what makes this F&F; special, different and the best of the lot.
The action scenes are quite spectacular, like stealing cars from a moving train, leaping off with the car a la Butch Cassidy off a bridge into a rushing river.
Another commendable thing by Justin, is doing away with clichd dialogues from the earlier installments like Now its personal.
This is an action film, where there isnt scope for performances, hence I am going to focus on just that, action. It is raw, bloody, physical and real. Sorry, no CGI here.
All the creators, Justin the Director, Stephen Windon the cinematographer, Kelly M., Fred Raskin, Christian Wagner Editors and the writer, Chris Morgan, have assembled F5 as a massive LEGO toy piece, where everything eventually comes together in a massive scale in the end. Special kudos for the miraculous final sequence, in which two cars are dragging the multi-ton bank vault down the streets of Rio with the police battalion in pursuit, a physics-defying stunt stands for everything that this franchisee has been. I simply loved it. It a screeching, testosterone-propelled part 5 and from the looks of it, be prepared for an earth shattering sixth installment.
Does it have The Y Factor :Yes