FATE OF THE FURIOUS starts with Vin Diesel winning a race, whilst driving backwards, and on fire. This is the movie being subtle: later there’s a scene in New York that has cars doing acrobatics in the streets and raining from skyscrapers and of course the much-trailered submarine chase. It’s a good job they brought on board the charm monster that is Dwayne Johnson four movies ago, because try as he might, Diesel doesn’t have range, even when he’s forced to go after his friends. Toretto seems to turn on his team a little too easily, even before he’s found out exactly what leverage Charlize Theron’s Cypher (yawn, they’re using that as a character name again) has over him. But let’s not quibble over plot or why anyone still thinks Tyrese Gibson is funny, the eighth instalment of the Fast franchise still makes you smile and boasts some of the most impressive stunt work of the series. SSP
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