Film review of Fast
define “quickly”. It turns out that the film heralded as “the end of the road” for this car-mad franchise may well be the start of a trilogy (with the twelfth release of the episode in 2025). How much slower could an exit be?
Still, it’s hard to be mad at an ensemble cast that now includes Jason Momoa, Rita Moreno and cute 10-year-old Leo Abelo Perry. Against all odds, the ridiculously expensive Fast
In terms of plot, the Fast series has always lacked logic. And it’s true, Dom Toretto, Vin Diesel’s villain-turned-hero, looks the same whether he’s elated or sad. That’s right: Dom is as expressive as a bucket of drying cement. But no problem. As for this series, it’s always been like that.
In 2011’s “Fast Five,” Dom and his crew robbed and killed Brazilian drug lord Hernan Reyes. All these years later, Hernan’s disgruntled son Dante (Momoa) finally finds his composure and seeks revenge.
With friends in high places, Dante is the opposite of the loyal, family-obsessed Dom who still lives in the old neighborhood. When he’s not chatting with corpses (a truly macabre scene), Dante purrs that Dom is “so predictable… and thinks everyone will end up on your side.” It’s a meta moment: Dom’s enemies actually have a habit of turning into allies; Dante practically winks at the camera. Add to that the fact that Momoa is just as clumsy as Harry Styles (it often feels like he’s doing ads) and the result is blockbuster bliss.
The action is fine. A large, flaming bomb rolls back and forth in Rome. Dom drives down a dam in Portugal. In F9, however, Dom’s quarreling friends went into space in a Pontiac Fiero. Nothing here can compete with this set piece.
Ultimately, these films are about the atmosphere created by producer/star Diesel. The 55-year-old’s loyalty to the original cast, particularly Michelle Rodriguez and Sung Kang, and his willingness to let newcomers do their own thing (Moreno and Perry are delightful as Dom’s grandma and son) cause trouble for Dom and his family Family is really important.
Aside from the odd body shaming, Fast
The franchise may be running on steam. I confess, however, that I don’t want it to stop. If Brie Larson has more work to do in the starting XI then I’ll probably give it a 10 out of 10.
141 minutes, certificate 12A
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