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That is my from my favorite part of the movie. You’ve seen it in the trailers, there’s just this sublime ridiculous awesomeness as Paul Walker jumps up on the car, grimly determined to take this stupid-height fall like a man.

It is a metaphor for what these movies are about.

Fast Five will be remembered as the entry of the series that made good. It’s the grown-up version of the fun-loving ridiculousness and car-porn that have typified the franchise and caused it to be largely dismissed as a bunch of dumbfuck movies for teenagers who still park their cars in empty lots to see what’s under the hood of whatever daddy bought for graduation. Somehow, beyond all reasonable expectation, Fast Five is not only a commercial success (which, in fairness, I think all these movies have been) but also a critical success.

Just take that in for a moment.

Here we have a movie in the franchise that will hereafter be known as the Fast/Furious Series that everyone seems to like. That even cinema snobs agree is a pretty entertaining summer action movie and maybe the one to beat in a season ripe with tent-pole superhero flicks and the goddamn monolith that is Transformers 3. Read the rest of this entry »

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