Saturday, March 18, 2017

"Fast Five" (aka "Fast and Furious II") airs on NBC, pure action genre

Back to stereotyped commercial crowd pleasers tonight. Or maybe Nielsen-ratings pleasers.
NBC aired Universal’s 2011 spring genre action film “Fast Five” (previously “Fast and Furious II”), directed by Justin Lin, tonight from 8 to 11.

This seems to be about bad guys chasing each other.  The story concerns ex-cop Brian O’Oconnor (the late and handsome Paul Walker) teaming with ex-con Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) to regain their own freedom and that of street racers, against a rogue businessman (Trump?) and federal agent (Dwayne Johnson), with most of the action in the streets of Rio, Brazil.

But the film starts with a spectacular bus crash on the Arizona interstate, and then there is a scene where an Amtrak train is destroyed at a bridge that appears to cross Lake Powell.  The tag team jumps into the lake and we don’t see what happens to the train. The bridge would fall, just like in “Cassandra Crossing”.

The action scenes are well staged in both the slums and beaches of Rio.

The film has a long epilogue and preview of future sequels.

Wikipedia attribution link for Rio picture by Chelsyyuan, under CCSA 3.0. 

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