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Fast Five

Cars, girls, guns and beefy men hit Brazil for another round of the Fast and Furious franchise



All this happens in the just first 15 minutes of Justin Lin's actioner: A prison bus is jacked; we arrive in Rio de Janiero and have a beer; a pregnancy is announced; three cars are stolen ... from a moving train. Then, there are a fist fight and a blow-torch attack, plus a shoot-out that kills both American federal agents and Brazilian gangsters; an explosion; a train wreck; and a sports car driven off a cliff into a river far below. If you like the sound of this, then buckle up for the fifth iteration of the street-racing franchise starring Vin Diesel and Paul Walker. Truthfully, Five is more of a heist film, with the whole gang reuniting to steal zillions, while evading a fed (Dwayne Johnson). At over two hours, this screech-and-quip fest is way too long, but if you like your men big and brawny and your action bloodless and gravity-defying, take a spin.

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