Vintage car adventure passes test
FAST & FURIOUS 5 ( 12A)
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.