Turn off your brains and rev-up your engines folks because itâ€™s officially the start of the summer movie season.
This year things get started off with â€œFast Five,â€ the fifth entry in the high-octane â€œFast and the Furiousâ€ franchise.
If you have seen any of the previous movies in the series, you already know what to expect with â€œFast Five:â€ Implausibly over the top action sequences, a lot of cars, bad acting and stupid dialogue.
Although this movie does not relinquish these strengths and weaknesses of the previous films, it takes a page out of the â€œOceanâ€™s Elevenâ€ series by adding a heist element to the formula.
This makes â€œFast Fiveâ€ the freshest entry in the series since the original and a whole lot of fun.
The movie picks up right where the last one left off, with Dom Torreto (Vin Diesel) on the way to prison when his sister Mia (Jordana Brewster) and ex-cop Brian Oâ€™ Connor (Paul Walker) break him out.
In doing so, the trio rises to the top of Americaâ€™s Most Wanted List and flees to Rio de Janeiro, where they decide to conjure up one final job to set themselves free.
Because the movie focuses on a heist rather than strictly car racing, it feels dynamic and prevents the series from becoming too stale.
This is all the more impressive considering that the â€œFast and the Furiousâ€ mythology has stayed long past its welcome.
Most importantly, â€œFast Fiveâ€ never lets off the gas when it comes to entertainment value. After you look past some of the movieâ€™s more ludicrous components, youâ€™ll find an enjoyable action film to kick off the summer in style.
Movie reviewer Jason Berlinberg can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and can be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/jasonberlinberg.