The film’s best asset may be Lin, whose earlier directing credits include the far inferior Fast & Furious as well as Tokyo Drift and the painful Annapolis. The visual and kinetic energy of Furious Five indicates that those earlier misfires were a proving ground for a budding talent. In Fast Five, Lin assembles lush visuals and effective music early in the film, carrying the story past a few dull stretches and overcoming a silly script. Like the instant-classic sequence early in the film during which Dom’s team steals cars from a moving train, Fast Five moves quickly, has some “wow” moments and builds to a smashing finale.

Fast Five is exactly what a summer popcorn movie should be. Here’s hoping the rest of the summer action flicks can live up to this one.

CAUTIONS:

  • Language/Profanity: “God”; “s-it”; “f”-word; “hell”; crude references to male and female genitalia; “d-mn” and “g-dd-mn”; “a-s.” 
  • Alcohol/Smoking/Drugs: A few scenes of drinking.
  • Sex/Nudity: Kissing, revealing outfits, partially exposed rear ends; bikinis and other bathing suits; lewd joke about a woman’s legs.
  • Violence/Crime: Action movie violence includes a car making a bus crash; theft; high-speed car chases and drag racing; punching and fighting; bodies thrown off moving vehicles; men strung up and bound by chains; necks snapped; machine-gun fire; men shot; Dom hits someone with a blunt object; dead bodies shown; a bullet wound bleeds.
  • Religion/Morals: Dom reminisces about his dad’s churchgoing habit and Sunday cooking; a cross is worn around Dom’s neck.

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