The story centers on a heist to steal $100 million from Rio de Janeiro’s reigning kingpin, Herman Reyes (Joaqium de Almeida). The team, led of course by Walker’s Brian and Diesel’s Dom, consists of a lot of faces seen before: Roman (Gibson), Tej (Ludacris), Han (Kang), etc. etc. They assign their roles, gather around a blueprint and get a move on things.
This sets up Fast Five to be one of the most over-the-top action flicks in quite a few summers. Directed by Justin Lin (who led 2006’s Tokyo Drift and ‘09’s Fast & Furious), Fast Five strives to be bigger and badder than any of the others (why else would it be released on IMAX?).
Is it? A lot of that depends on what you think of the scene where Walker and Diesel chain a monstrous vault to their cars and drag it through the streets. Is this more exhilarating than any chase you’ve seen in the decade, or are you distracted by the fact that the vault’s contents couldn’t possibly cover the damage caused by the mayhem? (If you’re in the latter camp, you have no business ever seeing any of the Fast/Furious flicks.)
If you’re out to hear engines roar, cheer for the heroes to out-race the bad guys and see a former WWE champ exchange fists with that meathead Vin Diesel, then Fast Five is about as good as you’d expect. It might even leave you screaming, “Daayyummm!”
Feature commentary with director Justin Lin: Lin gives a decent commentary, covering plenty of ground on various aspects of the movie. However, since a lot of the information is found in the featurettes, the track may be worth just skipping around.
The Big Train Heist (7:37): Fast Five’s opening is focused on here, with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with cast/crew used to look at the creation of the fast-paced scene.
Reuniting the Team (4:59): The returning cast, including supporting players Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang and Ludacris, share their appreciation for one another.
A New Set of Wheels (10:09): As you can guess from the title, this featurette takes a look at the sharpest characters in the movie: the cars.
Dom’s Journey (4:55): The character of Dominic Toretto, played by Vin Diesel, is discussed.
Brian O’Conner: From Fed to Con (5:55): The same is done for Paul Walker’s character.
Enter Federal Agent Hobbs (5:50): Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s character, Lucas Hobbs, doesn’t have as much history in the franchise, but he’s still the biggest addition to Fast Five.
Dom vs. Hobbs (7:31): Here, the showdown between Diesel’s Dom and Johnson’s Hobbs is given some attention, with Lin likening it to seeing Schwarzenegger and Stallone in their prime.
On Set with Director Justin Lin (8:36): Lin gives viewers a look at his job during the production of Fast Five.
Inside the Vault Chase (9:20): Similar to the “Big Train Heist” featurette, this piece looks at the shooting of the movie’s most over-the-top scene.
Tyrese TV (6:35): This useless addition is for those who can’t get enough of Tyrese Gibson, who “has some scoop for you, baby.”
There are also two Deleted Scenes (1:39) that add exactly nothing to the story or characters, and a Gag Reel (4:17) that isn’t funny.
Other features include the U-Control Picture in Picture feature and Second Screen, an option for those with the pocket BLU app and an Internet-connected Blu-ray player.