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After ex-FBI agent turned criminal Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) and his girlfriend Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster) rescue Mia's brother, professional thief and street racer Dominic 'Dom' Toretto (Vin Diesel) while he is being transported to Lompoc Penitentiary to serve a 25 year sentence, the trio escapes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Acutely low on funds, they plan a heist to steal $100 million in dirty money from Brazilian drug lord Hernan Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida), a plan that involves getting together an elite team of old friends -- Han Lue (Sung Kang), Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson), Tej Parker (Ludacris)), Gisele Yashar (Gal Gadot), Tego Leo (Tego Calderon), Rico Santos (Don Omar)), and Vince (Matt Schulze) -- all the while being pursued by U.S. Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and local police officer Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky). And Hobbs always gets his man.
Fast Five was filmed from a screenplay written by American screenwriter Chris Morgan, using characters created by Gary Scott Thompson in the first movie of the Fast and Furious franchise. Fast Five is the fifth movie in the series, preceded by The Fast and the Furious (2001), 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006), and Fast & Furious (2009) and followed by Furious 6 (2013). Furious Seven is set for release in 2015.
Each of the members have a specific role on the team. Gisele is the utilities and weapons specialist as she was in the army for a few years. Roman is the fast talker who can talk his way through anything. Tej is the guy who handles all the electronic doings. Han blends into the crowd to perform reconnaissance. Tego and Rico handle the lower level tasks such as breaking down walls to find circuits. Dom and Brian are the precision drivers whose vehicular skills are unmatched. Mia handles everything at their "base".
Immediately. The final scene in 'Fast & Furious' shows Dom being transported to Lompoc in the prison bus. He looks out the window to see Brian, Mia, and two other guys racing alongside on an intercept course. Fast Five picks up right there.
They didn't get the money out of the safe; they simply switched safes. That little feat is shown in flashback just after Hobbs opens the safe and finds it to be empty. Dom and Brian ran the safe with the money into the back of a garbage truck. As they drove past the truck, the guys on the truck disconnected the full safe and attached the empty safe, which was on the front of the truck under a black tarp. Then Dom and Brian just kept going in their cars, now hauling the empty safe.
Dom and Brian take the safe to their hideout where Tej opens it. Piles of money come tubling out. Dom delivers Vince's share to his widow and son (Rosa and Nico), then everyone scatters to the four corners of the earth. Tego and Rico are shown gambling in Monaco. Tej has opened a maintenance garage, and Roman is living the high life...girls and cars. Han and Gisele are shown driving through Berlin and making plans to get to Madrid and Tokyo...eventually. Brian and Mia, now very pregnant, have moved to a tropical island. As they walk along the beach together, Dom and Elena drive up. In the final scene, Mia and Elena chat on the beach, while Dom and Brian make plans to race each other in order to determine who is really the best driver. As the credits begin to roll, Dom and Brian are shown racing down the highway.
Just before the production credits roll, there is a short scene that takes place in DDS headquarters, Washington D.C. Hobbs is handed a document folder by US customs agent Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes) and told that he needs to look at it. Monica explains that, at 3am in Berlin, a team of drivers hijacked a military convoy. 'Toretto?' asks Hobbs. Monica says no, then points out a photo of one of the hijackers. It's Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez), Dom's girlfriend who supposedly was killed in Fast & Furious.
Aside from a few short plot lengthenings, about one dozen typical MPAA-cuts, mostly just frames, were reintegrated in the Theatrical Version. Some depictions of bullet and stab wounds were equipped with CGI blood textures, but mostly their quality isn't that good and it doesn't fit to the rest of the action sequences, which are quite bloodless.
All in all, the Extended Cut is a nice bonus to Fast Five but because of the minor changes, which can barely be seen during the action sequences due to the fast cutting, you are well served by the Theatrical Version.
In total the Extended Cut is approx. 70 seconds longer than the Theatrical Version and a detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.
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