DVD Review

Fast Five

FIFTH TIME'S A CHARM Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, and Vin Diesel in Fast Five
Image credit: Jaimie Trueblood
FIFTH TIME'S A CHARM Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, and Vin Diesel in Fast Five
EW's GRADE
B

Details Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama; With: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Paul Walker; Distributor: Universal Pictures

I'll be honest: I tuned out after 2006's ridiculous threequel The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. (Wow, a movie about skidding!) And frankly, the return of chrome-domed lug nut Vin Diesel in subsequent sequels didn't exactly sweeten the deal for me to come back. But the franchise's fifth chapter, Fast Five (2011, PG-13, 2 hrs., 11 mins.), is better than you'd expect thanks to Dwayne ''The Rock'' Johnson's straight-faced FBI agent. Still, the best reasons to catch up with the grease-monkey gang on DVD are the EXTRAS, which fetishize the flick's muscle cars and dissect some of its most insane and ill-advised stunts. It's like an episode of Top Gear directed by Michael Bay. B
Originally posted Sep 28, 2011 Published in issue #1175 Oct 07, 2011 Order article reprints
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Weekend of Aug 24 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Walt Disney Pictures
$17.6 4 $251.9 A-
2. $16.8 3 $145.6 C+
3.
If I Stay
Warner Bros.
$16.4 1 $16.4 C-
4. $11.0 2 $45.2 F
5. $9.0 1 $9.0 NA
6.
The Giver
Weinstein Co.
$6.7 2 $24.1 C-
7.
The Expendables 3
Lionsgate
$6.6 2 $27.5 B
8. $6.5 1 $6.5 C+
9.
The Hundred-Foot Journey
Walt Disney Pictures
$5.6 3 $32.7 B
10.
Into the Storm
Warner Bros.
$3.8 3 $38.3 D+
* in millions