The Fast and the Furious movies haven't exactly gotten better as they've gone along---although Tokyo Drift--er Justin Lin, taking his third turn behind the franchise's wheel, is at least a competent hack. (That's more than you can say for Rob Cohen or John Singleton.) But credit progressive installments for whittling the series down to its core: all horsepower, no chrome. Fast Five transports the action to Brazil, with the antagonists---an all-powerful drug lord (Joaqium de Almeida) and a hulking FBI agent (Johnson)---reduced to piddling details as Diesel, Walker and other past Fast players burn rubber, get involved in high-speed pursuits, etc. As the guy in Barton Fink put it: "Whaddaya need, a road map?"
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