Exploding street-racers in Cuba? One hundred car pileup in New York? Dodge Charger versus a nuclear Russian Submarine? You guessed it. The Fast & Furious franchise is back to blow you away in one last ride.

As we’ve come to expect, the usual suspects of Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto, Dwayne Johnson as Hobbs, and Michelle Rodriguez as Letty have returned. When Dominic Toretto is forced to go rogue by Cipher (Charlize Theron’s Character) in an unexplainable move, Letty and Hobbs must lead the rest of the gang to help find him, this time with help from of former foe, Deckard played by Jason Statham.

Despite the films fresh new director, F Gary Gray (Who has notably worked with numerous cast members on numerous similar previous projects like The Italian Job with Jason Statham and A Man Apart with Vin Diesel) the film manages to slide perfectly into the franchise without hesitation. Gray manages to bring the film to life vibrantly, applying a taste of very real tension and danger to the film. That in mind, most of what people have loved about the older films is very much still here. The car chase scenes will have you locked to the screen with their awesome spectacle. Without wanting to give anything away, I will say that the segment of the film set in New York was a personal favorite. Not only that but film makes great use of its cast and history, pointing reference to multiple characters and events in the films prior. A couple of cameo appearances and the introduction of Dame Helen Mirren’s character who is an example of the films great spirit in using talent. Mirren has expressed increasing interest in the franchise over the past few years, and the character she has been given, despite only being small, is perfectly fit for her and the story.

The film is incredibly good fun and one that I’m sure a lot of us have been excited to see. It will give you everything that you want from a fast and furious film, and yet it will still manage to surprise you with its own unique twists and moments. And especially during deadline season, after the hard work and stress, what every student needs is some good old-fashioned fast fun.

The Fate Of The Furious is playing from Monday to Thursday at Sonar Film from 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm) for just £4/£4.50. Take a look at www.sonarfilm.co.uk for all the details.

By Simon Keene

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