Fast Five

Theatrical Release: April 29, 2011
Fast Five


Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead a reunion of returning all-stars from every chapter of the explosive franchise built on speed in Fast Five. In this installment, former cop Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) partners with ex-con Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) on the opposite side of the law. Dwayne Johnson joins returning favorites Jordana Brewster, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Matt Schulze, Tego Calderon and Don Omar for this ultimate high-stakes race.

Since Brian and Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster) broke Dom out of custody, they’ve blown across many borders to elude authorities. Now backed into a corner in Rio de Janeiro, they must pull one last job in order to gain their freedom. As they assemble their elite team of top racers, the unlikely allies know their only shot of getting out for good means confronting the corrupt businessman who wants them dead. But he’s not the only one on their tail.

Hard-nosed federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) never misses his target. When he is assigned to track down Dom and Brian, he and his strike team launch an all-out assault to capture them. But as his men tear through Brazil, Hobbs learns he can’t separate the good guys from the bad. Now, he must rely on his instincts to corner his prey… before someone else runs them down first.

Dove Review

Here is another installment in the “Fast and Furious” film series. This is the fifth one and it kind of feels like the series is running out of gas. In this one, ex-cop Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) joins forces with girlfriend Mia (Jordana Brewster) and former con Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and they soon find themselves on the other side of the law. One reason Dom is a former con is because Brian and Mia help him escape a bit early from prison by getting him off a prison bus. One reason this series is running on empty is because the bus rolls several times and no one is hurt. In fact, there was no policeman escorting the bus so it stretches credibility like a rubber band. In another example of stretched credibility, although Dom speaks about the importance of family a lot, which is one of the nice themes in the movie, his actions, and the actions of others, contradict that with the robberies and killings.

The trio travels to Rio with Dom’s boyhood friend, a car thief named Vince (Matt Schulze), who’s arranged a job for them. The job isn’t exactly legal. Their theft of a sports car from a train goes awry when three federal agents take bullets from the strong-arm of a local villain. Things become more complicated for Brian when he learns a secret which Mia shares.

Ultimately U.S. officials believe Brian, Mia and Dom are responsible for the deaths of the feds and so DSS agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson, the Rock) enters the story, determined to nab the trio. When Dom hatches a plan to become $100 million dollars richer, the heat really gets turned up.

Hobbs and his associates close in and Dom’s team then attempt an incredible goal, to get the fortune after the bad guy moves all of his wealth to, of all places, a heavily guarded police station! Some of the film is entertaining for sure as far as the stunts and action, but due to very strong language and the violence and sex categories, we cannot award this movie our Dove Seal.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: A woman is pregnant by spending time with her lover before the film's story begins; several sexual innuendos and frank comments; a man places his hand on a woman's rear; slang for male genitalia; a couple kisses.
Language: GD-6; G/OMG-2; F-1; S-19; A-12; H-7; D-6; SOB-3; Slang for male genitalia-2
Violence: Some bloody faces from wounds; blood seen on a corpse; guns are used and people are killed; a man has a bloody wound from a gunshot; characters open fire on police; car chases and crashes; missiles and machine guns are used; fights.
Drugs: Several drinking scenes including drinking beer; a comment about "a two-pack-a-day" smoker.
Nudity: Shirtless men; women in bikinis on the beach; slow-motion scenes and close-ups of women's rears; cleavage; partial breast exposed in painting.
Other: Disrespectful attitudes; police cars are stolen; a plot to steal a lot of money.


Company: Universal Pictures
Writer: Chris Morgan & Gary Scott Thompson
Director: Justin Lin
Genre: Action
Runtime: 130 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter