Director: Justin Lin
Writer: Chris Morgan
Sequel to: The Fast and the Furious, 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious
Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Matt Schulze, Gal Gadot, Sung Kang, Joaquim de Almeida, Elsa Pataky, Dwayne Johnson
After the events of the last movie, Dom (Vin Diesel), Brian (Paul Walker) and Mia (Jordana Brewster) have been on the run. They finally end up in Rio where they are hired for a robbery. But as it turns out, there is more to the robbery. And then Agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) arrives in Rio to hunt them down. And Hobbs never misses his mark.
This installment was the best so far (and I’m not saying this just because of Dwayne Johnson). It just changed the right things about the series to appeal to my tastes more.
In this one they deviated from the usual Fast and Furious race structure and turned the entire thing into a heist movie. And heist movies are awesome and fun and it also works here. I was extremely entertained by that.
The script is sometimes more involuntarily funny than funny on purpose. And sometimes it walks the line where you’re not really sure whether they meant it to be funny or whether they didn’t realize that they were being funny, but it didn’t really matter since it made me laugh either way.
And Dwayne Johnson was awesome and hilarious as usual. He’s great when he’s grumpy. [I mean, no, he’ll probably never win any prices for his acting, but he’s perfect in what he does and I like him. Also, he’s hot.]
Anyway. As usual, the film isn’t issue-free and it would have been nice to get a more layered portrayal of Rio and the favelhas, but really it’s nothing to expect from a movie like this. Does that make it better? Not really. But it’s hard to get upset about it, if you already know what you’re in for.
Summarising: fun, fun, fun.