There are good films, there are bad films, and there are entertaining consumer films. The Fast and Furious has always fallen under the latter category, providing two hours of explosions, guns, cars and women.

We’re not suggesting for a second that The Fast And Furious 6 doesn’t provide those things, but, rather surprisingly, it’s gone one step further and impressed the critics, not to mention a fantastic performance at the box office. So often we’re used to seeing a little green splodge next to the Fast and Furious films on Rotten Tomatoes; they rarely managed an aggregate score over 50%. The sixth attempt, however, has blasted its way to a healthy 72%, with people praising the seamless thrill ride. An estimated $98.5m (£65.1m) saw it top the box office by a long way, setting records at the same time. It knocked the disappointing Hangover III out of the park – a film that would have liked to say goodbye in style, but, in the end, whimpered towards the finish line.

It seems the Fast and Furious formula has finally come together after six attempts. It should come as no surprise, then, than Fast and Furious 7 is confirmed and set for release next year. That’s a lightening quick turn-around, but given the popularity of the brand, it would be foolish not to milk it right to the end, wouldn’t it? Ahem, Die Hard, ahem.

Vin Diesel and Tyrese GVin Diesel and Tyrese Gibson star in the blockbuster

Vin DieselVin Diesel all spruced up for the Fast and Furious 6 trailer