“Fast X” (Universal)
By OSV News
This 10th direct installment of the action franchise that first put the pedal to the metal in 2001 features some religious symbolism and much rhetoric about the bonds that unite its self-constituted family of car-racers but also incorporates a high quotient of nasty mayhem.
As the clan’s patriarch (Vin Diesel) goes up against the scion (Jason Momoa) of a drug-dealing dynasty out for revenge against the crew, his loopy but resourceful adversary targets those closest to the skilled driver, including his brother (John Cena), wife (Michelle Rodriguez) and young son (Leo Abelo Perry). Any resemblance to reality in director Louis Leterrier’s glossy adventure is purely accidental, so the fact that the gang (which also includes Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Nathalie Emmanuel) continues to show a reckless disregard for the welfare of pursuing police and innocent pedestrians need not be taken very seriously by those grown moviegoers for whom this extension of the saga is appropriate.
Frequent bloodless but sometimes harsh violence, gruesome images, a scene of marital sensuality, a few uses of profanity, about a half-dozen milder oaths, considerable crude and crass language, an obscene gesture. The OSV News classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.