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Fast and Furious 5


Year: 2011 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Scope) 
Certificate: BBFC 12A Cert – Under 12s admitted only with an adult 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Justin Lin 
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster  
An image from Fast and Furious 5

The movie opens with a thrilling sequence where our joyriding heroes Brian (Walker) and Mia (Brewster) rescue their friend Dom (Diesel) from the impending jail sentence. The three are now on the run in Rio as FBI agent Hobbs (Johnson) is trying to track them down.

Things start to go wrong when Dom and Brian try to steal three custom-made sports cars from a freight train, only to escape at the last moment before the train goes through a bridge. Somehow they find themselves on the wrong side of criminal overlord Reyes (Almeida), a man so powerful that he can hide his millions of dollars in the local police station. Determined to escape Rio with Reyes’ money, Dom and Brian hatch a cunning plan to steal it, and recruit their old friends, Roman (Gibson), Tej (Bridges) and Han (Kang) to help carry out the heist. The plan, of course, involves the skilful manipulation of powerful cars and some fast-paced chase sequences!

The climax sequence involves Dom and Brian pulling the ultimate bank-vault theft - instead of deftly decoding the vault which holds Reyes’ money, they wrench it from police station with heavy cables attached to two stolen police cars. With half of the actual Rio police force in pursuit, they then drive their muscle-cars through the streets of Rio for a hectic thrill ride of destruction and explosions.

The stunts are crazy and often jaw-dropping, and the slums of Rio lend a gritty edge to the visual landscape of this film. So watch out for this action-packed latest – and the best so far – instalment of Fast and Furious!

Ashita Agarwal

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Screenings of this film:

2011/2012 Autumn Term (35mm)