Fast Five’s story picks up exactly where the fourth sequel to The Fast and the Furious ended. When Dominic Toretto (Diesel) is sentenced to prison, former federal agent Brian O’Conner (Walker) and Dom’s sister Mia (Brewster) help him escape before he even ends up behind bars. The three make their way down to Rio, Brazil in order to escape their arrest warrants.

However, when in Rio, they find themselves on the wrong side of the most powerful yet corrupt businessman, Reyes (Almeida), who in some way or another has his hand in all the criminal activities in the Favela slums, and happens to have the entire police force in his back pocket. If that wasn’t enough heat; they’re also faced with relentless U.S. federal agent, Luke Hobbs (Johnson), who has sworn to bring them all back to justice on American soil.

With all these obstacles in their way, Toretto and O’Conner assemble a team of old friends, who are professionals and will stop at nothing until they take all of Reyes’ money.

If you’re familiar with The Fast and the Furious franchise, then you will notice how the story has developed from street racing to a heist film. The plot is a fresh idea cast over familiar characters, which is the main reason why Fast Five is an instant crowd-pleaser. Rooting for the bad guys has never been this much fun as almost everyone in this film is on the wrong side of the law; yet we cheer for them all the way through. The plot isn’t entirely that creative; but it still works just fine. Think of it maybe as the Ocean’s Eleven series, but with fast cars thrown into the mix.

In terms of acting, Diesel and Walker clearly seem to be delivering their lines on-screen while thinking of their big fat pay cheques; they simply go through the motions and their characters show no growth or depth. In fact, the film actually comes to life when the rest of the cast join the storyline. Johnson’s role is the only ‘furious’ character in the entire feature, where his sole purpose is to double the action, which works perfectly as he fights, drives and shoots his way from start to finish.

Although it might sound a little disappointing for die-hard street racing fans, the film actually isn’t and the action is top-notch. Fast Five isn’t exactly all pedal-to-the-metal thrills throughout its two hours; but it manages to blow you away with its high-octane action sequences.

It’s obvious that director Justin Lin (who also directed the 3rd and 4th instalments) has become more experienced with the franchise; which is why he’s already in talks to direct the 6th sequel. This film boasts great cinematography for jaw-dropping action on wheels.