New To Blu: Fast Five

I was lucky enough to catch a screener of this one quite a while ago. It's going to be released to blu in a couple weeks, so I thought I'd reveal my review a bit early.

I'll be the first to admit I'm a fan of these movies. This whole series of aimless action, dumbed down dialogue, and fatigued acting are truly a guilty pleasure for me. I hate to admit it. But, it's true. I've dealt with grief from friends and family for consistently defending these films. Sorry. I can't help what I like.

Fast Five was probably my favorite of this franchise. The action is toned down. The car chases are fun but not overbearing. The acting is a little more fluid. The interaction between characters doesn't seem as forced. Unbelievably, my favorite part of the film was the unrelentingly silly plot.

Amongst the wreckage of crashed cars and buildings destroyed, we actually get some decent character development this time around. Also, Diesel and Walker have finally established quite a dynamic between their two characters. Dwayne Johnson adds something most of these movie have been missing: a strong foil to the team's criminal plan. He is one of the only characters that adds quite a bit of morality to the 5th entry in the series.

While Fast Five is not going to win any awards for greatness, it delivers a fun movie that leaves the other franchise entries in the dust. Bring on number six.