With the upcoming release of Fast Five, the latest installment of The Fast and the Furious series, audiences should be prepared much more of the same with large explosions, senseless destruction of cars and some attempts at racing. After watching leaked footage on the Autoholics website and reading their summation of the impending visual assault, Fast Five is the same story set in another country with the addition of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Many of the original cast members reprise their roles as bandits who are capable of out-driving both law enforcement and other criminals while destroying public property with reckless abandon.
The leaked footage shows a variety of crash scenes, girls in bikinis and a couple of Dodge Chargers dragging a safe through the streets of Brazil. Sure, the SRT-8 models have plenty of power, but the enormous safe chained to the each of the cars seems pushing the limits of reality. During this chase scene both police and civilian vehicles are trashed and pedestrians are sent running for their lives.
Another highlight of the film is the destruction of a pseudo-Stingray Corvette; the filmmakers elected to launch the silver Stingray off a cliff using some sort of pneumatic device. Not to bash The Fast and the Furious franchise for their destructive tendencies (because the how many Chargers were destroyed during the filming of the Dukes of Hazzard TV series?), but don’t expect an Oscar nod from this guilty pleasure. Many car enthusiasts cringe at these movies, but it seems as though the crew behind this franchise at least had the common courtesy not to destroy a real Stingray.
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