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Dear Fast Five,

You are definitely a thrill ride. I expected a fast-paced, action packed film; and what I got was that and more. While you are a film that did not deliver an Oscar-winning performance, you are film that pleases and entertains on so many levels.

While the concept of your narrative is arguably the same as in the other films that make up The Fast and The Furious films, you never change your objective of supplying the fast cars and street racing that fans have followed since your first film in the series.

Many films find success in sticking to what works, and in the process, they offer very little changes in narrative, plot, or character development. The series that you are a part of has established itself as a popular, contemporary movie series about fast cars and organized crime. That is both a strength and flaw in your production.

There are no outstanding surprises to expect because you are part of a series that has been devoted to having villains who make a fortune from drug-dealing, and going beyond the limit of speed racing. You could say that the films in your series are inevitably predictable, but audiences still feel a strong connection to you because you cater to the inner driving fantasies of us all.

As a follower of the films before you, I have noticed a more dramatic tone since the film prior to you, Fast and Furious. It created a legitimate transition from the light nature of the first films, to higher stakes in Fast and Furious and you. The stakes have been raised so high that it’s a matter of life and death for your characters.

This is where you set yourself apart from the other films before you because you took the initiative of providing the darkest tone of them all. You also had storylines that exceeded my expectations. Those pleasant surprises alone were enough to categorize you as the best film in the series by far.

Movie sequels often fail to be better than the original film because the mentality is bigger, but there is no clear focus on what to improve. To add more of a particular element to the film does not always guarantee success. The director must have a very strong objective in mind, and something that helps to achieve that objective is a surprising and unexpected storyline or two.

Your cinematic success is based on a collaborative effort of making you a legitimate film about fast cars and organized crime. One of the things that you use to your advantage is that you understand who your audience. While audiences have an idea of what to expect of you, you also know what we like of you, so that gives you the opportunity to surprise us.

I was pleasantly surprised with your execution of that because you were very focused on strengthening all the elements about you. Without prioritizing any particular element, you managed to brilliantly surprise, entertain, and hint at the possibility of another film to follow you.

With much joy,

Raul Marin

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