Well it all starts off in Cuba, opening with some crappy music and sexy women who don't seem to exist below the neck, at least in the directors eyes. Soon we get the first of many over the top car chases, and like those to come later, it's uninvolving and ultimately dull.
If you didn't know already, Cypher (Charlize Theron, pretty decent) somehow turns Dom against his friends/team/family and they in turn are the only ones that can stop him, with the addition of a few new team members. And so the carnage begins...collateral damage and lots a cars...fast cars, crashing cars, burning cars, zombie cars. Cars, cars, cars. I guess if you like cars this is for you.
The "regular" characters are just sacks of flesh put there to sit behind a steering wheel and deliver one liners. Vin Diesel seems to say the word "family" as much as his other famous, marginally less wooden, character, says "Groot". Is he only ever charismatic when in animated form? Apparently this film is all about family...all the good guys have or are in one. I was surprised when the baddie gets their comeuppance no one made a comment that their downfall was partly due to not being part of a family, but I guess they have hammered home the "family is important" message enough over the last few films already.
It's not a good film, yet it has saving graces, namely Kurt Russell, Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. These three make the film bearable, especially Statham, who for me steels the film, so much so you almost forgive him for being part of a scene lifted from Hard Boiled. Plus Helen Mirren throws in a welcomed few screen minutes of oddness.
The Producers think that bigger bangs and spectacle makes for good Box Ofiice and they are, it appears right. But it doesn't make for a good film. Now if they cared about that, I suggest they dump the whole "family" and give Russell, Johnson and Statham's characters a little francihse of their own.