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Fast And Furious 5 – Trailer

Fast Five (alternatively known as Fast & Furious 5 or Fast & Furious 5: Rio Heist 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. The production employed a comprehensive marketing campaign, marketing the film across social media, virtual games, cinema chains, automobile manufacturers and NASCAR racing.

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 24, 2011, Fast Five has grossed over $605 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, labeling it a “stereotype.”

For more details on the characters, see List of The Fast and the Furious characters.
Top to bottom: Diesel, Walker and Brewster reprised their roles from the original The Fast and the Furious (2001).

Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto

A professional criminal, street racer and fugitive. Diesel was reportedly paid $15 million to star in and produce the film.

Paul Walker as Brian O’Conner

A former FBI agent turned criminal. He is in a relationship with Mia Toretto. Walker did many of his own stunts for the film, training with parkour professional Paul Darnell to improve his movement.

Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs

A Diplomatic Security Service agent. According to producer Vin Diesel, the role of Hobbs was originally developed with Tommy Lee Jones in mind to take the part. However when reading feedback on his Facebook page, Diesel noted one fan stating a desire to see Diesel and Johnson in a film together. Diesel and Lin then redesigned the role for Johnson. Johnson wanted to work with Universal Studios, citing their support for him when transitioning from wrestling to his film career. He described the role as a former bounty hunter turned US Marshal, the “government’s version of the best bounty hunter on the planet.”He undertook an extensive daily workout regime to increase the size of his physique, wanting his character to appear as a “hunter” and formidable enough to be a credible threat to the protagonists.

Jordana Brewster as Mia Toretto

Dom’s sister and girlfriend of Brian O’Conner.

Tyrese Gibson as Roman Pearce

Brian’s childhood friend. Gibson’s involvement was confirmed on June 30, 2010, reprising his role from 2 Fast 2 Furious. Gibson was committed to Transformers: Dark of the Moon at the time he signed on to Fast Five. He was forced to fly between Puerto Rico and Atlanta to accommodate both films.

Chris “Ludacris” Bridges as Tej Parker

Brian and Roman’s friend from Miami. Ludacris confirmed his involvement in the film on July 12, 2010 when he stated he had arrived in Puerto Rico to begin filming.

Matt Schulze as Vince

Dom’s childhood friend. Having previously appeared in the first film, Schulze was confirmed to be returning on July 16, 2010.

Sung Kang as Han Seoul-Oh

A street racer and Dom’s business partner in the Dominican Republic.

Gal Gadot as Gisele Yashar

A former Mossad agent and love interest of Han. Although Gadot had prior experience handling motorbikes, she was required to learn how to ride the larger, more powerful Ducati Streetfighter for the film.

Joaquim de Almeida as Hernan Reyes

A ruthless drug lord hiding behind the guise of a legitimate business man. Almeida was confirmed to be taking on the role of antagonist Hernan Reyes on July 16, 2010.Almeida had been hesitant to take the role, having previously played several antagonists. After speaking with Lin and hearing his take on the character however, Almeida agreed to take part.

Elsa Pataky as Elena Neves

A Rio police officer who works with Hobbs’ team. Pataky was confirmed to be involved as the love interest of Diesel’s character on July 16, 2010.Pataky underwent several days of tactical training with a police/military technical advisor and was required to familiarize herself with handling a variety of weapons to believably portray her role.

The central cast is rounded out by Puerto Rican singers Tego Calderon and Don Omar as Tego Leo and Rico Santos respectively, members of the heist team. Michael Irby plays Reyes’ right-hand man Zizi.Alimi Ballard, Fernando Chien, Yorgo Constantine, and Geoff Meedy portray members of Hobbs’s team: Fusco, Wilkes, Chato, and Macroy. Michelle Rodriguez appears via photographs as Letty Ortiz, Dom’s former girlfriend who is presumed deceased following the events of Fast & Furious. Eva Mendes appears in an uncredited cameo as agent Monica Fuentes, reprising her role from 2 Fast 2 Furious.


Fast Five held its premiere on April 15, 2011 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at the Cinépolis Lagoon theater; an event hosted by actress Susie Castillo and sponsored by automobile manufacturer Dodge.

Box office

As of August 25, 2011, Fast Five has accrued $209,837,675 (34.6%) in US territories and a further $397,050,263 (65.4%) in foreign territories with a worldwide gross of $606,887,938, making it the fifth highest grossing film of 2011 worldwide. This amount places Fast Five within the top-105 (#103) highest grossing films of all time in the United States and the top-65 highest (#61) grossing films of all time worldwide, in unadjusted dollars.

On May 14, 2011 after twenty-five days in theaters, Fast Five passed Fast & Furious to become the highest grossing entry in The Fast and the Furious franchise with a gross of $369,744,415, and the highest grossing installment of the franchise outside of the US and Canada with $214,619,415 – both accounting for inflation. On May 15, 2011, with a gross of $168,780,000, Fast Five proceeded to pass Fast & Furious ($155 million) in US territories to become the highest grossing entry in the franchise domestically – again accounting for inflation – earning in sixteen days what it had taken Fast & Furious ninety-one days to achieve. On the same day, with a total worldwide gross of $440,480,000, Fast Five surpassed Rio ($428.6 million) to become the highest grossing film of 2011.It held this record for 15 days before being replaced on May 30, 2011; the film’s $530.4 million gross surpassed by Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides with $623.7 million. On May 18, 2011 with a total gross of $465,717,712, the film also entered the top-100 highest grossing films of all time worldwide – in unadjusted dollars – at a rank of #97. The film reached a peak of #59 on the same list before leaving theaters.


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