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November 20th, 2018

Justin Lin Interview, Fast Five

In Justin Lin’s new high-stakes heist film, “Fast Five,” Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead a reunion of returning all-stars from every chapter of the explosive franchise built on speed. Newly joined by Dwayne Johnson, they take the series that hooked the world on adrenaline and amp up the action and spectacle on a global scale.

In “Fast Five,” former cop Brian O’Conner (Walker) partners with ex-con Dom Toretto (Diesel) in a very unfamiliar place: the opposite side of the law in exotic Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Elsa Pataky joins Johnson and returning favorites Jordana Brewster, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Matt Schulze, Tego Calderon and Don Omar.

The series that first captivated audiences a decade ago with its crew of underground Los Angeles street
racers bound by a code of family and loyalty takes its die-hard audience on the biggest thrill ride to date.
After blasting through heart-stopping runs in Miami’s race circuit, exposing the insular underworld of
Tokyo drifting and rocketing through tunnels hidden underneath the U.S./Mexico border, our heroes are
back in action.

Since we last saw them, Brian and Mia Toretto (Brewster) broke Dom out of custody and have blown across many borders to elude authorities. Now backed into a corner in Rio, they must pull off one last job in order to gain their freedom. Their mission? Assemble an elite team of top operatives made up of their family of friends to orchestrate an insane heist worth $100 million. Dom and Brian know their only shot of getting out for good means crippling the corrupt businessman (Joaquim de Almeida) who wants them dead. But he’s not the only one on the unlikely allies’ tails.

Hard-nosed federal agent Luke Hobbs (Johnson) never misses his target. When he is assigned to track
down Dom and Brian, he and his strike team launch an all-out assault to capture them. But as his men tear through Brazil, Hobbs learns he can’t separate the good guys from the bad. Now, he must rely on his instincts to corner his prey…before someone else runs them down first.

Returning to helm this installment is talented director and executive producer Justin Lin (“Fast & Furious,” “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,” “Better Luck Tomorrow”). Lin tells us he has been a fan of the franchise ever since he saw “The Fast and the Furious” on its opening weekend when he was a film student at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television where he earned his BA and MFA in film directing.

Lin knew exactly what he wanted. It would be a one-two punch of inspired casting coupled with jaw-dropping action. He reflects, “I felt like there were still a lot of areas where this franchise could go. I appreciate that the studio has never asked to recycle the same thing over and over again. By virtue of that, this franchise has been able to grow and evolve and mature. I came back for that reason. The core theme is about family. The fourth one explored the sacrifice elements of family. As soon as I was able to grasp that the next one is about freedom and family, it became clear to me why I wanted to return.”

He knew if he were to helm his third film in the series, the expectations from the fans would be huge. He explains, “I know the action in this one is bigger than the last two combined. There are about six action pieces in this movie, not just car chases, but foot chases and a heist as well. It’s just jam-packed.”

Lin recalls his experience shooting the film’s complicated heist sequence: “The train heist was a challenge. The logistics of doing a train heist were much greater than the land train that we had in the fourth one. On this film, we had to get permission to basically own a piece of a working railroad. Then we had to buy trains and build these trucks that were able to go up against the trains. I wanted a car to be jumping out of the train at full speed, and then there were trestles that become an obstacle for our characters. It was costly, and it took precise execution.”

Since its explosive opening in theaters on April 29th, Justin Lin’s “Fast Five” has earned over $334,000 million worldwide. For a film made on an estimated budget of $125 million, the fifth film in the “Fast and Furious” franchise has been hugely successful. Read Lukes Fast Five Movie Review


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