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Fast & Furious 8: Turbo-charged return delivers another visual spectacle

DVD release: Fast & Furious 8 (Cert 12, 136 mins)

By Damon Smith

Professional street racer Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) retires to sunbaked Havana with his wife Letty (Michelle Rodriguez).

Unfortunately, diabolical mastermind Cipher (Charlize Theron) - who proudly describes herself as "the crocodile at the watering hole" - has other plans.

She blackmails Dom into betraying his band of brothers.

Right on cue, Dom 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 "tea and crumpet-eating criminal" Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham).

Fast & Furious 8 is a turbo-charged instalment of the high-octane franchise, which screeches around Cuba, Germany, America and Russia to deliver jaw-dropping set pieces on land and splintering ice.

Diesel, Johnson and Statham out-growl each other, while Oscar winner Dame Helen Mirren chews scenery as Deckard's cor-blimey-guvnor muvva.

As a spectacle, F Gary Gray's film passes its MoT with flying colours. Outrageously overblown action sequences include carmageddon in New York City with remote-controlled vehicles tumbling out of a multi-storey car park.

However, as a coherent narrative full of believable characters and sinewy subplots, the eighth film is a clapped-out banger.

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