Director: Justin Lin Stars, Pedal to the metal: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster.
The appeal of the Fast & Furious films may elude some folk, but the franchise has been chugging along steadily for over a decade now, and has made almost $1.6bn at the box office.
The word formulaic does not adequately express their predictability: in each outing Dom and the gang are wronged in some way by either a law enforcement officer or a rival criminal, they band together because they’re ‘family’, travel to some exotic location and stage an elaborate heist.
Oh, and they dash around in fast cars at every possible opportunity.
Cooked to a tried-and-tested recipe though they may be, the Fast & Furious films have a certain clumsy charm. What’s more, they’re in on the joke: and at least the last three films have contained running gags that seem to slyly acknowledge the inherent dumbness of the whole project.
In any case, F&F6 sees Dom (Vin Diesel), Brian (Paul Walker), Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Chris Bridges) and Han (Sung Kang) travel to the not-especially-exotic location of London to investigate a possible sighting of Letty (Michelle Rodriguez). With them goes Agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), and the reason they’re all so interested is that Letty is supposed to be dead, killed by Mexican drug dealers at the end of F&F5.