Vintage car ad­ven­ture passes test

FAST & FU­RI­OUS 5 ( 12A)

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - BIG SCREEN - Da­mon Smith

Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jor­dana Brewster, Dwayne John­son, Elsa Pataky, Chris ’Lu­dacris’ Bridges and Joaquim De Almeida.

IF THE law of di­min­ish­ing re­turns of se­quels holds true then Fast & Fu­ri­ous 5 should be run­ning on ex­haust fumes and des­tined to fail a script MOT. In­stead, the turbo-charged fifth chap­ter of the fran­chise soups up the usual high­oc­tane kit and ca­boo­dle with an Ocean’s Eleven-style heist and some of the best ac­tion se­quences to date. Screen­writer Chris Mor­gan tosses logic out of the win­dow to make way for turbo-in­jected stunts. It de­liv­ers slam-bang thrills in­clud­ing a theft from a mov­ing train. For­mer De­tec­tive Brian O’Con­ner (Walker) and lover Mia Toretto (Brewster) spring her brother Do­minic (Diesel) from a prison bus then criss-cross borders The fugi­tives are dou­ble­crossed by drug lord Reyes (Joaquim De Almeida) and they vow re­venge by plot­ting to steal $100 mil­lion of the cor­rupt busi­ness­man’s ill-got­ten gains. Ten years af­ter the orig­i­nal film, the se­ries is still im­pres­sively road­wor­thy. FAM­ILY WATCH: Swearing, No Sex, Vi­o­lence.

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