Review: 'Fast Five' kicks off summer right with big stunts and beautiful people

Review: 'Fast Five' kicks off summer right with big stunts and beautiful people

As with the "Scream" series, I come to this latest sequel in the long running "Fast and the Furious" franchise as a non-fan.  I don't hate the movies, but I don't have any particular love for them, either.The difference is that the latest "Scream" movie struck me as a film that only fans of that franchise would love, and when I reviewed "Scream 4," I wrote it with my shoulders lifted into a shrug the entire time, trying to imagine whether a "Scream" fan would be happy with the final product or not.  It seems to be a wholly insular thing at this point, designed only for people already familiar with the series, and so self-contained that it almost didn't care if new viewers were able to crack the movie's code.With "Fast Five," it is obvious that this franchise is moving in a different direction, continually evolving and changing in an effort to become a broad-based audience-pleasing machine, and with this latest chapter, I think they've finally made the film they've been gearing up to make now for a while, the most completely unhinged mainstream action movie since "Bad Boys 2," and while there is a stretch in the middle where the melodrama starts to pile up a bit, for the most part, this is a breathlessly exciting and gleefully improbable ride.  And, yes, fun from end to end. Read More...


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