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Fast & the Furious 5 (2011)

May 21, 2011

Fast & the Furious 5
May 19, 2011
1930 hours
Cinema 2,
Eastwood City Walk 2,
Quezon City

Fast & the Furious 5 is so much better than expected. I’ve been underestimating this action movie for quite some time now which is why when I finally got to watch it, I must say I was enthralled by the speed of it all. But then again, although the cars were really hot (and I have to admit I now understand why a lot of guys, our dear Mr. President – PNoy – included, are so into the so-called toys for the big boys), what really got me interested was the human fistfights and chases.

I am not the type of movie addict turned critic who would say I dig the classics just to make it appear my tastes are sophisticated (although this chase scene from North by Northwest is really quite interesting), so I would most likely say my favourite human chase scenes are as follows:

    • James Bond (Daniel Craig) & that parkour guy (Sebastian Foucan) in Casino Royale. Click here to check out the chase scene;
    • Jaguar Paw (Rudy Youngblood), Zero Wolf (Raoul Trujillo), & Middle Eye (Gerardo Taracena) in Apocalypto. Click here to check out trailer; and,
    • To give honor to Rio de Janeiro, which is where the movie Fast 5 is set, the animated soon-to-be classic Rio also has an amazing chase sequence which also deserves an honorable mention. Click here to watch the amusing chained chase sequence.

Now, after getting to see Fast 5, and after the thousands of movies I’ve seen, I can say that I do like seeing Vin Diesel (a very bulky man) being chased by Dwayne Johnson (a bulkier man), while that guy who played Zizi and the rest of the supposed scoundrels of Rio de Janeiro were not far behind.

However, I would just like to add that the movie treads on thin ice regarding the issues hounding morality and legality. It’s quite interesting why people would root for the freedom and success of the perpetrators similar to Daniel Ocean’s gang. Although this is really just a work of fiction, the way it has become a modern day version of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, instances such as these makes videogames like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas very destructive to the moral foundations of the our youth. I am not self-righteous, but possibly having been to places where only other minds cannot even begin to conceive, I can honestly say, misguided knowledge at a very young age is a very dangerous thing.

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