Vin Diesel and Paul Walker are back in this thundering sequel that picks up new characters, jettisons others – and brings one back from the dead.

That’s Michelle Rodriguez, the former girlfriend of Vin Diesel’s hero, who was supposedly killed off in 2009.

She reappears here as the right-hand woman of the film’s villain, ex-SAS major-turned-globetrotting criminal mastermind Luke Evans, who Dwayne Johnson’s FBI agent wants to bring down with the aid of Diesel’s crew.

The plot barely passes muster and the film stalls whenever anyone is actually required to act, but the action is often absurdly exciting and the stunts are awesome.