MOVIE REVIEW: Get sugary rush from races, fights in ‘Fast Five’

Hey, friend, do you like car chases?
And flying bullets?
And sweaty, good-looking people?
If you answered yes to those questions, then you want to catch “Fast Five.” As an added bonus, this latest edition of “The Fast and the Furious” franchise will throw in massive destruction of property.
Vin Diesel reprises his role as Dom, a leader of a “family” of car thieves. While trying to avoid considerable heat from the U.S. authorities, Dom and his team find themselves in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
You’ll know it’s Rio because the filmmakers show us the city’s iconic statue of Jesus about 30 times.
Brian (Paul Walker) and Dom’s sister, Mia (Jordana Brewster), need money, so they agree to steal a trio of high-end sports cars.
The deal goes bad, and before you can say plot twist, Dom’s team is in a war of attrition with the local drug lord.
In addition, Dwayne Johnson and his biceps play Hobbs, the agent in charge of an elite squad dedicated to bringing Dom to justice.
You already can picture Johnson and Diesel duking it out, can’t you?
“Fast Five” is a confection, as long as a high body count doesn’t conflict with your idea of sugary fun.
The racing and fight scenes will have you twisting in your seat, and there are a number of attractive people to engage your interest.
But, for heaven’s sake, don’t think while watching “Fast Five.” If you start asking questions, the story will dissolve like cotton candy in the rain.
How do all those gringos arrive in Rio with perfect knowledge of the city’s streets and neighborhoods?
Just go with it, friend.
Besides, there’s a chase scene around the corner that demands your attention.
I give “Fast Five” a C plus.
It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, as well as Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville and Movie Reel 4 in New Albany.

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Kelli Karlson with Wizard 106.7 gives “Fast Five” an A.
“I will see it again on my own. If anybody is
going to see it and they want me to go with them, Facebook me.”

M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

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