- Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Elsa Pataky, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Ludacris, Matt Schulze, Gal Gadot, Joaquim de Almeida, Michael Irby, Don Omar, Alimi Ballard, Geoff Meed, Yorgo Constantine, Tego Calderon, Grace Baine, Fernando Chien, Troy Brenna, F. Valentino Morales, TJ Hassan, Luis Da Silva Jr., Joseph Melendez
- Director: Justin Lin
- Writers: Chris Morgan, Gary Scott Thompson
- Producers: Vin Diesel, Michael Fottrell, Neal H. Moritz
- Associate Producers: Thomas Hayslip, Leeann Stonebreaker
- Executive Producers: Amanda Lewis, Samantha Vincent
- Art Direction: Thomas Valentine
- Casting: Debra Zane
- Costume Design: Sanja Milkovic Hays
- D.O.P.: Stephen F. Windon
- Editors: Kelly Matsumoto, Fred Raskin, Christian Wagner
- Makeup: Denise Tunnell
- Music: Brian Tyler
- Production Design: Peter Wenham
- Set Decoration: Bob Kensinger
Former cop Brian O'Conner partners with ex-con Dom Toretto on the opposite side of the law. Since Brian and Mia Toretto broke Dom out of custody, they've blown across many borders to elude authorities. Now backed into a corner in Rio de Janeiro, they must pull one last job in order to gain their freedom.
As they assemble their elite team of top racers, the unlikely allies know their only shot of getting out for good means confronting the corrupt businessman who wants them dead. But he's not the only one on their tail. Hard-nosed federal agent Luke Hobbs never misses his target. When he is assigned to track down Dom and Brian, he and his strike team launch an all-out assault to capture them.
But as his men tear through Brazil, Hobbs learns he can't separate the good guys from the bad. Now, he must rely on his instincts to corner his prey... before someone else runs them down first.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Atlanta, USA; California, USA; Arizona, USA; Puerto Rico; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- MPAA Warning: Intense sequences of violence and action, sexual content and language
- Production Budget: $125 million
- Production Companies: Dark Side Productions, Original Film
- Production Schedule: 28 June 2010 - 15 October 2010
2011 Guide Analysis: "Just when you thought the "Fast and the Furious" franchise couldn't get any more homoerotic, the cast is joined by Dwayne Johnson as the gruff daddy agent out to bring down muscle boy Dom (Vin Diesel), well-ageing twink Brian (Paul Walker), and Brian's 'on the DL' friend Roman (Tyrese). The location has also moved to Rio de Janeiro where the coconut oil and the speedo pouches are overflowing.
Though set around the South American city and its outlying areas, only some of this fifth film in the series was actually shot on location with the rest done around Atlanta, Puerto Rico and parts of Arizona and California. Certainly the plot sounds more like an old-fashioned heist movie than the previous films which stuck to undercover cop or gangster drama formulas. That explains the involvement of some extra team mates including rapper Ludacris, and Matt Schulze reprising his role of Vince whom only appeared once before in Rob Cohen's first film back in 2001.
The series is one of Universal's few successful cash cows, the last one racked up $353 million from a mere $85 million budget. Indeed, it did so well that a sixth installment of the series is already in development and, short of an unexpected disaster, will likely get the green light as soon as this opens. Justin Lin, who helmed the last two films in the series, returns here and a big selling point is that it's the first film in the series to get an IMAX release.
A recent trailer showed the usual ridiculously over the top antics - towing a bank vault down a highway, driving a beautiful looking convertible out of a moving train, and lots of running across the rooftops of some slums. There's the standard shots of women in bikinis and flashy dresses, though no quotes as delightfully suggestive as Diesel's "I admire the body, no matter the make" from the last film. One of the early photos has Diesel chained up in a warehouse though for you BDSM fans, while the location and hot cars promise to keep the bean queens and auto enthusiasts satisfied."