Their globetrotting mission is to hunt down a team of lethally skilled mercenary drivers led up a criminal mastermind (Luke Evans). The good news is that the speedster gal (Michelle Rodriguez) presumed dead in an accident at the end of the fourthfilm is very much alive. The not-so-good news is that she now works for the bad guys. Unfazed by the turn of events, her one-time cohorts utilize the services of a street-smart new sidekick (Gina Carano, the impressive mixed martial arts fighter from Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire).
There are a couple of bruising smackdowns between the two buffed young women. Director Justin Lin, who helmed all but the first two films in the series, once again unleashes a maelstrom of destruction. The threadbare plot is just an excuse for the display of auto-aerobics. Not surprisingly, the emotional quotient is totally subservient to the hot rod stunts. Under the circumstances, the actors are merely chauffeurs for the real stars of the show — the souped-up race cars, armoured trucks and assorted mean machines.
Preposterous multiple endings pile on extending the running time to slightly over two hours. As is the trend nowadays, the closing credits provide a teaser of what’s to come. In a Tokyo-set interlude we are introduced to yet another popular action star who will likely join the fast and furious crew for joyride number seven. Keep those seatbelts fastened.