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Fast & Furious 8


Stars: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Charlize Theron, Michelle Rodriguez, Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges, Tyrese Gibson, Scott Eastwood, Kurt Russell, Luke Evans, Kristofer Hivju, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky

Director: F Gary Gray

The 'Fast & Furious' franchise edges ever close to James Bond territory in this eighth episode of motorised mayhem. The opening - not quite a 007-style beginning since it does have relevance to the later stages of the film - finds Dom (Diesel) and Letty (Rodriguez) living la vida loca in Havana with the occasional drag race on the side.

Then along comes Cipher (now that's a name straight out of a Bond film), played by Theron reprising her Wicked Queen from Snow White and the Huntsman. She tells Dom she's about to shatter his 'family' by forcing him to work for her in her plans for, well what else, world domination.

Quite why Dom can't find some way of letting his crew know that Cipher is holding his baby son as hostage is a central weakness in the film's scenario, which depends on everyone, including their boss, Nobody (Russell) believing that Dom has 'gone rogue'.

But no matter, there's action galore here, the film's centrepiece seeing Cipher meddling with the controls of every car in New York in order to nick nuclear launch codes from the Russian foreign minister (what is he doing with them in his car?). Cars move on their own, career crazily along the freeway, and even drop from multi-storey shoproom windows.

David Quinlan

USA/Canada 2017. UK Distributor: Universal. Colour by efilm.
129 minutes. Widescreen. UK certificate: 12A.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 0, Violence/Horror 1, Drugs 0, Swearing 1.

Review date: 14 Oct 2017

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