Hell, no!” sighs Ludacris midway through the fifth entry in the Fast And The Furious series.
“They scraped the bottom of the barrel here, didn’t they?” Hmm: how tempting it might be to use that line as the cue for a wholesale slaughtering of Justin Lin’s lame-brained gas-guzzler.
But no. The fact is, F&F5 finds the fuel-injected franchise in surprisingly rude health for a saga that has seen some road bumps over its 10-year history.
With the benefit of hindsight, you can clearly see that reuniting the original FATF foursome in 2009’s Fast & Furious helped the series get its mojo back. And while there’s no Michelle Rodriguez this time out, her absence is ably filled by Dwayne Johnson, matching Vin Diesel muscle for muscle as a snarling Fed on the trail of Vin and Paul Walker’s law-dodging car thieves.
Throw in a detour to Rio, a preposterous climactic set-piece and the return of some familiar faces (Tyrese Gibson from 2 Fast 2 Furious, Tokyo Drift’s Sung Kang) and you’re left with a swaggering slice of boy-toy car porn that, thanks to a tantalising post-credits tease, makes F&F6 an appealing prospect. How long can this franchise go on?
At this rate, we wouldn’t be remotely surprised if we’re all back here in 2021 discussing The Fast And The Furious X.
As for extras, Blu-ray makes DVD look like a Robin Reliant with a swag-bag of featurettes and iPad-friendly content.
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