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Fast Five

Former cop Brian O'Copnner (Paul Walker) and his girlfriend Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster) hookup with her fugitive brother Dom (Vin Diesel) and head to South America to elude the authorities. Tired of running, they assemble an elite team of top racers to help pull off one last job in order to secure enough cash for retirement, but when a hard-nosed federal agent (Dwayne Johnson) shows up in Rio de Janeiro, their job goes from hard to nearly impossible to complete.

Generally speaking, sequels tend to pale in comparison to the original, but here's a case where the fifth film in the series is actually the best. It all boils down to the screenplay, which has more of an Ocean's 11 tone than a racing-centric plot found in the previous films. Regardless, it's a lot of fun to watch and the spectacular audio and video help keep you on the edge of your seat.

Rio

  • Chapter 5, 0:28:38
  • Detail, color saturation
  • As the aerial camera follows the SUVs, check out the detail in the buildings and how the primary colors leap off the screen.

Night at the races

  • Chapter 10, 1:03:10
  • Dynamics
  • When Dom and Brian go to the local hot rod hangout, listen to the hip-hop inspired music as it encompasses the room and thumps the LFE channel.

Payday

  • Chapter 16, 1:39:14
  • Frequency response, dynamics, surround envelopment
  • It's rare that you'll find a demo sequence that lasts 13 minutes, but here it is. When the team makes their move for the cash, strap yourself in as they create plenty of mayhem and destruction in downtown Rio.

Release Date: October 4, 2011
Studio: Universal

Movie: 7/10
Picture: 910
Sound: 10/10

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