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Fast & Furious 8: Clapped-out banger backfires

 

By Damon Smith

Fast & Furious 8 opens in sun-baked Havana where professional street racer Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) has settled down with wife Letty (Michelle Rodriguez).

Unfortunately, diabolical mastermind Cipher (Charlize Theron) has other plans. She blackmails Dom into betraying his band of brothers who double-crosses Letty, Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson), Tej Parker (Chris "Ludacris" Bridges) and hacker Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel).

Covert operative Mr Nobody (Kurt Russell) and his inexperienced deputy (Scott Eastwood) assemble a crack team to take down Cipher and Dom, led by DSS agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham).

Fast & Furious 8 screeches around Cuba, Germany, America and Russia to deliver jaw-dropping set pieces on land and splintering ice. As a spectacle, F. Gary Gray's film passes its MOT with flying colours. However, as a coherent narrative full of believable characters and sinewy subplots, the eighth film is a clapped-out banger.

Two stars

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