A cringe-worthy beginning in which bland trophy wives and bimbo girlfriends strangely give their immediate blessing for their partners and boyfriends to put their lives on the line, thankfully quickly gives way to a series of trashy yet blistering set pieces – with cars.
This time round (I’m acting like I’ve seen the other films in the series which I haven’t) Brian (Paul Walker RIP), Dom (Vin Diesel) and the rest of team must work with US police detecive Hobbs (The Rock) in London to help him stop a gang of car driving villians. They do this in exchange for a pardon from the US government and the hope of getting Dom’s former girlfriend Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) back.
Since the film is set in “Jolly old” England, this predictably means now standard national-stereotyping such as the ex-special forces man with a ‘tache and English people who either speak in incredibly plummy posh accents or like cockneys during the last century :”al’right guv’nor”, “Spare me a penny mister?” etc.
However it’s all good fun, and gets extra points for having the most ridiculous over-the-top action sequence I have ever seen in a movie where Vin Diesel jumps from a car travelling at high speed and somehow catches Michelle Rodrigueuz midflight as she is thrown from a tank. This could only have been topped by Diesel gaining superpowers mid-fight and having him fly off with her to the top of a skyscraper in New York City. Fast and Furious 7 perhaps?
Predictable, exciting, flashy and lame, all at the same time. An entertaining 6/10