Fast Five (alternatively known as Fast & Furious 5 ) is a 2011 action film written by Chris Morgan and directed by Justin Lin and the fifth installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise. The film stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster and Dwayne Johnson and was first released in Australia on April 20, 2011 followed by a United States release on April 29, 2011. Fast Five follows Brian O'Conner (Walker), Dominic Toretto (Diesel) and Mia Toretto (Brewster) as they plan a heist to steal $100 million from corrupt businessman Hernan Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida) while being pursued for arrest by U.S. DSS agent Luke Hobbs (Johnson).
For development of Fast Five, a conscious effort was made by Universal Studios to shift away from the street racing theme prevalent in previous films in the series. Emphasis was instead placed on transforming the franchise into a heist action series that utilized cars in an attempt to attract wider audiences that may otherwise be turned off by the series' focus on cars and car culture. Fast Five is considered the transitional film in the series, featuring only one car race with more attention given to action set-pieces such as gun fights, brawls and the heist of $100 million.
Fast Five garnered financial success, breaking box office records for the highest grossing opening weekend in an April and the second highest opening weekend in Spring, earning $168 million. The film surpassed Fast & Furious (2009) to become the highest grossing film in the franchise and overtook Rio to become the highest grossing film of 2011, holding this title for fifteen days before being replaced by Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. As of August 8, 2011, Fast Five has grossed over $600 million worldwide, placing it #61 on the list of highest-grossing films of all time worldwide – in unadjusted dollars.
The film received critical praise with critics praising the combination of "action sequences that toy idly with the laws of physics" and comedy; some labeling the film the "best" of the series. Johnson was singled out for his performance, with critics calling him "the best thing, by far, in Fast Five" and remarking that scenes shared by Johnson and Diesel were often the "best moments". Despite the positive response, many were critical of the films running time, considering it too long and others criticized the treatment of women, stating "[Females] cameo strikingly in buttock form. Others actually have first names" South American reviewers were critical of the film's portrayal of Rio de Janeiro as a haven for drug trafficking and corruption, calling it a "stereotype"
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