Blu-ray Review: Fast Five

The Fast and the Furious series has been a hit and miss for me. I enjoyed the first a lot, the second one was okay, the third one I really liked (since it had Tokyo and drifting), and the fourth one was okay (that tunnel scene was pretty bad). Fast Five I thought was the best one yet.

The fifth movie was able to bring in most of the cast from all the previous films including Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese, Ludacris, Sung Kang, Matt Schulze, Gal Gadot, Tego Calderon, Don Omar and some surprise cameos. This movie is big in scope, as our guys pretty much takes on all of Rio de Janeiro. How do you make this movie even bigger? Add the Rock into the mix. He plays a top FBI agent and is the only one in the Fast and the Furious universe that can take on Vin Diesel. We do get a good mono y mono fight with these two giants.

Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Jordana Brewster are now on top of the wanted list, thanks to Vin Diesel escaping a prison bus and all of them being framed for killing DEA agents. To get a new life and escape being hunted, they decide on one last “big” job. To pull this off, they recruit old familiar faces to help them. It’s fun to see the cast back together rolling with the punches and having a blast.

Even though it’s unbelievable, the safe vault scene is still my favorite because of the destruction it caused to the poor city. The streets are damaged, a bus stops gets pulverized, and cars get slammed as the safe vault destroys everything in its path. I’m surprised there weren’t any casualties from pedestrians.

The fight scene with the Rock and Vin Diesel is pretty brutal, as we see them slamming through walls and flying through windows.

The story may be simple (steal money from the bad guy), but it’s the characters’ interaction and the action scenes that makes this movie enjoyable to watch. Sure there are certain action scenes that aren’t believable, like the safe vault chase scene at the end, but that’s why you check your brain at the door.


Video

Fast Five is encoded in MPEG-4 AVC 1080p in 2.35:1. The overall look of the film looks heavily muted. Just take a look at the screenshots to see that scenes in the day time don’t even look that bright. Most of the brightest whites in the movie looks to be more of a light grey color, and the film grain is heavier than normal. As much as I don’t like the style, it’s pretty faithful to it.

Audio

The movie is impressive with the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. I expect no less from a car movie with cars racing, explosions, weapons firing, and a loud soundtrack. The dialogue is audible during action scenes, and the many car scenes brings the sound to life, like the Porsche sliding and the opening train-jacking scene with the stolen cars. The last scene gets crazy in the sound department as you can hear cars crunching and tossing, thanks to the heavy safe vault mowing over everything in its path.

Extras

This has been advertised as the extended edition with guess what, 1 extra minute inserted in. I have no idea what was new, until checking out the commentary. The Blu-ray comes in a combo pack. Other extras include a bunch of behind-the-scenes featurettes like the bank vault scene, new cars, the Rock, and more. The vault scene was pretty interesting because of the techniques that go behind it.

Final Reaction

The Blu-ray is definitely worth buying if you’re a fan of the series. It’s the most entertaining of the series, the video is a good transfer, and the sound is a great demo for your sound system. I know a lot of people have an issue with the safe vault scene, so if you can’t get it pass you, then this release isn’t for you.

Movie Grade: A, Video: B+, Sound: A, Extras: B, Final Grade: A

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