It's carmageddon time again as yet another Fast and Furious flick rear ends cinemas this Thursday . . .

The action franchise that makes Transformers look like Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal is back and this time it’s personal. Hang on! Isn’t it always personal with the hugely successful gear-grinding Fast and Furious saga, The Odyssey for petrolheads?

How many times has Vin Diesel (back again as Dominic Toretto) flexed his jaw, made his eyes go all squinty and growled "it’s about family" over the past twenty years? Surely by now, Vin’s manly homilies about "family" are more famous than old cottonmouth Marlon Brando banging on about it in that movie about the mafia.

Anyway, this FF film really revs up the Shakespearean 101 levels of intrigue. There’s patricide, family (growl) vendettas and someone even comes back from the dead. This is one franchise that is unapologetic in its status as an octane-charged, high gloss soap opera with worse actors.

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Scholars of the franchise, which has now reached its ninth instalment, will be in a better position to judge whether this one is more technology/gravity defyingly bonkers than the others, but for this learner FF viewer, it was pretty bonkers.

Its ability to outdo itself when it comes to hare-brained stunts and bizarre set-pieces involving cars (homemade rockets, fighter jets, magnetic vans, anything) would impress a cycling evangelist gargling fumes on the Dublin quays during rush hour. And in F9, THEY EVEN GO INTO SPACE!

John Cena and Charlze Theron

The plot is a bit like Tenet without the sophistry and the temporal messing about and it sees our globetrotting team of super spies racing against time to prevent a secret weapon falling into the hands of a billionaire criminal mastermind called Otto, who appears to have nicked David Bowie’s hair from 1983.

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This Otto (who is naturally a posh English twit) is in cahoots with Dom’s long-lost brother Jakob (John Cena), which means that there’s a lot of guff about "family" and honour. Dom and Jakob’s fraught relationship is told in a well-handled backstory involving drag racing and racetrack chicanery.

Four wheels bad

There’s also a secret lair that Austen Powers would scoff at, a torturous Star Wars analogy from Cipher (Charlize Theron, who appears to have nicked David Bowie's hair from 1977), a nifty cameo from Helen Mirren as luv-a-duck Cockney lady thief Queenie Shaw, and in a scene that reminded me of long-lost late seventies US tv series Salvage 1, two of our heroes (the comic relief ones) go into orbit to take out a rogue satellite.

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All it really needs on the soundtrack is Radiohead’s song Stupid Car.

Another full throttle addition to a franchise that won’t stop, F9: The Fast Saga goes from nought to not much in 145 minutes. If the more discerning cinemagoer thinks it’s high time for an oil change and an NCT, the skid marks outside the box office will tell another story.

Alan Corr @CorrAlan2