TURBO-charged and haphazardly plotted as the title suggests, the fourth instalment of the street-racing franchise welcomes back original cast members Vin Diesel and Paul Walker.

The bronzed beefcakes put the pedal to the metal under the direction of Justin Lin (The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift) in a preposterous tale of revenge and redemption.

Even by the standards of earlier films, Fast and Furious is nonsensical, leaving us to wonder if screenwriter Chris Morgan has been sniffing too many petrol fumes as he soups up the central storyline with pointless add-ons, like a rekindled romance for Walker's gung-ho cop.

Racing sequences are outrageous and spectacular as ever, as characters swerve through oncoming traffic, leaving twisted metal in their slipstream.

Lin opens with a high-octane set piece on the treacherous roads of the Dominican Republic, where Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), girlfriend Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) and their posse make a meagre living stealing the payloads from petrol tankers.

The frenetically edited prologue culminates in Diesel's bad boy burning rubber to pilot his mean machine beneath an airborne, flaming tanker with split second precision.

Walker's maverick cop, Detective Brian O'Conner, enjoys his own eye-catching re-introduction to the fray, chasing after a suspect over the rooftops of Los Angeles like a man who has been watching too many Bourne films on DVD.