Vin Diesel and Paul Walker are back, reprising their roles as Dominic Toretto and Brian O' Connor in the fifth installment of the highly successful "Fast and the Furious" series. Actually, highly successful might be an understatement at this point. Fast Five took in slightly over $83 Million, breaking many box office records. Most notably, it had the highest opening weekend in the history of Universal Pictures. No small feat, considering they are responsible for classic blockbusters such as Jurassic Park and E.T.
So, why is this now decade old franchise still successful? Simply because it works. Toretto and O'Connor are now on the run in Rio De Janeiro, graduating to international espionage. Jordana Brewster also returns as Mia Torretto, Dom's sister and Brian's girlfriend. The three main characters put together an all star team of "Street Racing Superfreinds", comprised of characters from the franchise's previous films. The group plan on stealing money from Rio's biggest criminal, Reyes and living happily ever after. Reyes ties to both the criminal and law enforcement sides make for some thrilling action and story telling. Throw into the the mix F.B.I. Agent Hobbs, played by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and the street racers now have two factions from both sides out to eliminate them. Over the top Hollywood action sequences as well as some hand to hand combat makes Fast Five deliver. The actions of the group have become much larger and they still manage to stick to their street racing roots as a team. Going bigger and staying true are what good sequels are all about. Little hint, don't leave once the credits start to roll! If you were not one of the millions of people in theaters this weekend, get out and see it soon, you won't be disappointed! Grade A