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F ILM RE V IEW Fast and Furious 5

Without question, Fast and Furious 5 will enjoy super box offi ce success. Why? Because the creators stick to a formula that works. It’s no different from the previous four, fast cars, macho men and scantily clad girls.

However, the Fast and Furious empire has enjoyed unrivalled success because for all its predictability, it’s still a great watch.

Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker) and Mia (Jordana Brewster) are on the run in Rio following a dramatic prison break (naturally involving cars), and are hiding out as agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) attempts to track them down.

When an attempt to steal some exotic cars from a moving train doesn’t go according to plan, Dominic and Brian fi nd themselves on the wrong side of criminal overlord Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida), a man so powerful he can stash his millions of dollars worth of drug money in the local police station.

Backed into a corner and determined to escape Rio with Reyes’ money, Dominic and Brian form a plan to steal it and recruit old Fast And Furious favourites Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges) and Han (Sung Kang) to help carry out the heist. The plan, you may have guessed, involves the skilful manipulation of powerful cars. From there, it’s action sequence after action sequence, car chase after car chase, and all the while, you’re enjoying the escapism that director Justin Lin has set out before you.

One could only call it a guilty pleasure.

The fi lming and setting of the movie is testament to the expert eye of Brannagh and while this action and adventure movie is a whole new departure for him, it begs the question – has he found his niche?


The idea behind the making of Thor is to introduce audiences to the character before the release of The Avengers, but that just doesn’t do the fi lm justice.

As a movie it stands on its own. Directed by the hugely talented Kenneth Brannagh, it’s not hard to see the infl uence of his

Question: How many Fast and Furious movies are there?


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past Shakespearean days, particularly through some of the language used by the characters and the hilarious comic twists and turns that wouldn’t be out of place in classics like Much Ado About Nothing. The fi lm boasts a strong cast, with Chris Hemsworth in the title role, and also starring Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins. Thor is banished from Asgard to Earth by his father Odin in an effort to teach the wayward warrior a spot of humility. Having lost his powers and with the threat of Lori, his brother, taking over the throne, Thor must fi nd his powers again and save his kingdom.

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