Release date April 29, 2011.
Running time 2 hours 10 minutes.
"We do one last job, and then we disappear-forever."-Dominic Toretto
Mindless action films with bad scripts and even worse acting don't really have a place here on "Busting Chops", but this particular rendition of the genre is an exception. I've always felt Vin Diesel sold himself short as an actor, displaying the mentality that being a "star" takes precedence over quality roles. But it's made him rich and famous, which is more than enough for people who don't give a shit about acting as a craft. Fair enough-how many people would sell their soul to have his life?
Um, not exactly the cat you want chasing you through the favelas of Rio, ay Vin?
This movie contains an all-star cast of mediocre actors, but I must say it's cool to see guys like homeboys Tego Calderon and Don Omar from Puerto Rico getting a chance to shine on the big screen. Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris are also part of the crew, and even though they didn't have many speaking parts were thoroughly enjoyable. Watching cats like this trying to act is much better than having a bunch of no-name jackasses trying to make Shakespeare out of what is essentially a Keystone Cops mash-up.
*Ah, I almost forgot-if all that isn't enough, at the end of the film we come to find out our little pal and former "Babe of the Week" Michelle Rodriguez is back. She was supposedly killed off in the previous film, but she is now in Europe robbing banks with her own crew. Her file comes across the desk of Special Agent Hobbs, making way for a future installment in the "Fast and Furious" franchise. GET PSYCHED!!!