Fast Five (2011)
Published by The Massie Twins
Release Date: April 29th, 2011 MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Justin Lin Actors: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Gal Gadot, Dwayne Johnson, Elsa Pataky
ast cars – check. Beautiful girls – check. Blatant disregard for reality – check. Every element essential for a “Fast and the Furious” film is present in “Fast Five.” In typical sequel form, an attempt to outdo the predecessor also takes priority. Here the solution manifests itself as an increase in both violence and the outlandishness of the car stunts, plus the inclusion of an “Ocean’s 11”-style heist and Dwayne Johnson’s cocky federal agent Hobbs. The escapism works, thanks to diminished expectations and clever creators attuned to the desires of the fans, though no matter how massive the car crashes, thrilling the shootouts, or truncated the title, it’s still just another mindless addition to a tired franchise.
After a harrowing prison bus escape, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker), and Mia Toretto (Jordanna Brewster) flee to Rio de Janeiro. And it’s not long before they’re involved in yet another theft of high-end race cars (yes, the protagonists are all wanted criminals). When the job goes south and three DEA agents are killed, the trio find themselves hunted by both a ruthless drug kingpin (Joaquim de Almeida) and a hard-boiled federal agent (Dwayne Johnson). With their options dwindling and time running out, Dominic and Brian gather together a crew of elite outlaws including Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges), Han (Sung Kang), and Gisele (Gal Gadot) to stage a $100 million heist against the criminal overlord.
Dwayne Johnson gets the only “F” word in “Fast Five,” blatantly spouting it out in a macho frenzy. It’s fitting that he’s given all the funniest bits of dialogue, since he’s the only actor having a genuinely grand time. “The Rock” thinks he’s in a comedy, while everyone else believes the situations are serious, life or death, and teeth-gnashingly intense. He devours every scene he’s in, and aids in chewing up the scenery with massively annihilative firepower. Since the PG-13 language barrier is reached, the violence must be toned down, ensuring that during the opening moments, in which a bus flips over a dozen times and is smashed beyond recognition, a news reporter chronicles how, quite surprisingly, none of the 30-some inmates on board were killed.
From here, all the basic components of a “Fast and the Furious” movie are granted, from amplified revving engines, to dust-churning/asphalt-burning tires, to close-ups of lift kits and snarling wheels, to street racing, to bare midriffs. Tied into the generic formula is the new, incredibly complex heist scheme, along with the corrupt Brazilian official and his obligatory moments of demonstrating his evilness, especially toward his henchmen. With all the attention given to cool cars, sexy bodies, and action-packed chase sequences, it’s hilarious that viewers are supposed to care about the characters, all of who are invincible in the line of fire, but down-to-earth when they speak of the past, lost loved ones, family bonds, running from the law, and present relationships.
“Fast Five” uses a lot of subtitles and introduces a stylish method to deliver them (they slide off the screen like a speeding vehicle). And while it’s preoccupied with maintaining an edgy, modern look, it forgets to provide explanations about where everyone obtained the farcical amounts of money and technology necessary to plan the heist, why Rio completely runs out of cops during the finale, why no one reports all the stolen police cars, or what the backstory is for any of the characters, most of which were in the previous four films (not that it matters what exactly happened in the other movies). What is quite entertaining, however, is the large amount of shootouts, fistfights, explosions, stunts, and grand destruction involved in all of the catastrophic action scenes, which mind-bogglingly mix stunt driving with CG racecars to create a believably hellacious, highly frenetic visual assault of crumpled metal and flame-spewing tailpipes. Stay through the end of the credits for an extra scene that guarantees a “Fast and the Furious” Part 6 (and place bets on the title “Furious Six”).
– The Massie Twins
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Enduring power of love: The Notebook The Notebook, written by Nicolas Sparks, can be named one of the best American romantic novels. The book portrays every trait in a guy or girl would desire to have in a significant other. According to Nicolas Sparks, “it is a celebration of how passion can be ageless and timeless, tales that moves us to laughter and tears and makes us believe in true love all over again”. The Notebook was on the New York Times best-seller list within the very first week of release. It spent over a year as a hardcover best seller.
Theresa Park, Nicolas Sparks’ agent, discovered the book after going through her slush pile, without hesitation, Park offered to represent him. In 1995, one year later, Sparks agent managed to secure a $1 million advance for it from Time Warner Book Group, the novel was then published the following year in October 1996. The Notebook was originally inspired by Sparks’ wife’s grandparents who had been married for over sixty years. Based on Sparks (2004), They had a truly magical relationship, one that withstood the test of time and circumstance.
Ultimately their love for each other gave Sparks the idea to even consider on attempting describing their deep love. The main characters in the book were, Allison Nelson and Noah Calhoun. The two met at a carnival in a peaceful town of New Bern, North Carolina in 1946. Little did Allie and Noah know their bond would be more than just a summer romance of the 1940’s. While watching the movie, “The Notebook,” it differed from the book in several ways. From the way the two met, their heartbreaking breakup and the letters that Noah wrote Allison.
However both versions were still incredibly amazing. The movie has much strength. The first strength is acting. Every actor and actress played their role well. Cassavetes’ first and only choice to play the role of Noah was Ryan Gosling (The Notebook). He did not want anyone else to play this role. As for Rachel McAdams, she had beaten nine other actresses to play the role of Allison. That is amazing! The older Allison was played by Cassavetes mother. Another strength in this movie was the plot. Without a good plot, there would be no point to the movie.
The last and final strength in “The Notebook” is emotion. This film takes one through every motion imaginable. As for examples, when Allie and Noah split, the emotional response automatically takes a tole on someone. It’s as if, your actually apart of the movie. In the book, Allison and Noah met in 1932, at the time Allison was 15 and Noah was 17. But in the movie, they met in the year of 1940, where they both were around the same age of 17. According to Cassavetes, (unsolved), this movie was filmed in South Carolina because of its 1040’s look.
Allison and Noah meet at a carnival, where Allison is very fond of Noah. With love in the air, they spent the rest of the night together until the carnival was over. However, in the movie, Noah became infatuated with Allison, and went to the extreme of insanity by jumping on the ferry’s wheel to ask her out. Noah plays remarkable in both and just makes the audience fall in love with his character. With most summer romances follows heartache. As for Noah and Allison, their fairytale love weren’t excluded. When the summer ended, Allison had to return back home, leaving Noah behind.
With heartache comes conflict, according to the movie, Allison and Noah got into a huge fight before she left, which ultimately lead them regretting the whole disagreement. Nicolas Sparks, captured this moment perfectly, not only does it make the audience stand on edge; it also makes the viewer’s wonder could true love really occur this beautiful. According to Sparks (2004), True Love exists and there’s evidence of it every day. In 1932, Allison and Noah separate for fourteen years, but in the movie they separated in 1940 for only seven years.
Many feel as if the huge timeline difference were to create tension for a more dramatic audience, considering younger audience would be drawn into the movie more. In the movie, Noah’s character is so much more romantic than in the book. Noah’s love for Allison was so strong in the movie, that he wrote her a letter every day for a year. That is three hundred and sixty five letters from a heart aching young man, who only wish in the world is to reunite with the love of his life. In the book, Noah wrote Allison one letter a month, the equivalent of only 12 letters.
Cassavetes did a wonderful job into capturing such a raw talent and emotions that draws an audience attention. Unfortunately, Allison never receives one letter. So therefore, Noah had to mend his broken heart by moving on. Right before Noah left for the war, Noah sent his last love letter. The time frame was shortened for the movie, which made it a lot easier for younger audience to relate too. Nicolas Sparks, “The Notebook”, strongly informs the world on how true love exists, between a man and a woman.
Noah and Allison had such true love that some way or another, their love carried them into the afterlife together. In both the book and movie, Noah sneaks Allison room, where they are currently in the nursing home due to their aging and health, and they both laid together all night long (Sparks, 1996, p. 204). When morning comes, the nurse finds them holding hands still and realizes they passed away together in their sleep. Noah stated, “If you’re a bird, I’m a bird” (Sparks, 1996, p. 103), clearly shows how deep their love remained.
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This remarkable story makes every young lady want to fall in love, and only hope to have a love like “The Notebook. ” Allison and Noah’s love could outstand anything. Sparks has written the ultimately perfect fantast for the world. “I think the most obvious reason is that the story touched people in a deeply personal way. It seems that nearly everyone I spoke with about the novel knew a “Noah and Allie” in their own life. ” (Sparks, 2004). The Notebook was amazingly directed, written and it is great to read and watch. Works Cited Sparks, Nicolas. “The Notebook”
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