After a quick rise on the indie scene with Better Luck Tomorrow, Justin Lin helms his third outing in this fast-paced franchise and brings together an all-star team of players from the past installments to pull off a ludicrous job in Rio. Big Poppa Dom (Vin Diesel) settles in nicely as a gruff B-movie Danny Ocean leading his Brazillian Job crew with his now trusty No. 2 Brian (Paul Walker) against a corrupt drug lord (Joaquim de Almeida) and a no-nonsense U.S. federal agent (Dwayne Johnson).
There’s a real sense of play among Dom’s extended family, which is extending even further thanks to his sister Mia (Jordana Brewster) and Brian’s little speed racer on the way.
It is, indeed, fast and furious, despite the fact that we are able to anticipate every hairpin turn. It will be curious to see where Lin’s sixth gear takes him — and us. Grade: B-plus
Opens April 29. Check out theaters and show times, see the trailer and get theater details here.