Review of Fast & Furious 9: F9 is the most comprehensive Fast & Furious, but it still seems incomplete

Thirty-five minutes later, Fast & Furious 9 – finally released in Indian theaters – has its most interesting idea. Tyrese Gibson’s comic relief, Roman Pearce, suggests that the Fast crew may be invincible. This is F9 acknowledging the team’s superhero status that was made clear to audiences a few movies ago. This meta-discussion almost feels like co-writers Daniel Casey and Justin Lin (who is also the director) are commenting on the criticism leveled at the Fast and Furious series. It also lends a degree of self-awareness to F9, allowing the new chapter to get into the big joke that its characters seem to survive anything and everything. Charlize Theron also comes into action later, linking a villain’s situation to the film’s structure. F9 knows it’s a Fast and Furious movie – and that they don’t make sense.

This is also the same principle behind many of his stunts, including Lin’s new toy: electromagnets. In fact, let me rephrase this, GIANT electromagnets. The 49-year-old Taiwanese Fast & Furious veteran has always loved an action trick – he gave us the unstoppable bank vault in Fast Five, with Vin Diesel and Paul Walker dragging him through the streets of Rio de Janeiro. And Lin has now updated his technology in Fast & Furious 9. These mentioned super-powerful electromagnets are responsible for all kinds of chaos and unintended consequences. But that’s not the craziest part. F9 is the first Fast & Furious movie to take the Fast family into space. This is not a joke, the trailers were real, they are actually in space. Again, it doesn’t make sense – but it shouldn’t anymore.

Fast & Furious 9 is also – from my admittedly poor memory of the previous eight major films – the first entry in The Fast Saga to have extensive flashback scenes. There are The Fast and the Furious vibes in some of them. There’s even a real drag race, so nostalgic. We spent time with a young Dom (Vinnie Bennett), his brother Jakob (Finn Cole), his father Jack (JD Pardo), alongside glimpses of Mia (Siena Agudong) and Letty (Azia Dinea Hale). Gal Gadot’s Gisele appears through archival images. And oh, Han Lue (Sung Kang) is back – in case you missed all that revelation in last year’s news. What I mean is that Fast & Furious 9 brings back pretty much everyone we know, brought together in one movie – F9 is essentially a compendium of The Fast Saga. But it’s still incomplete.

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“It’s not about being the strongest man, Dom. It’s about being the biggest,” Jack Toretto tells his eldest son at the start of Fast & Furious 9. , Dom (Vin Diesel) and Jakob (John Cena) who form the emotional underpinning of the film – but, interestingly, it also works as a lesson for Diesel and Co., who refuse to look weak on screen and fight, going so far as to put it in your contracts. In F9, tragedy splits the family and the brothers go their own way, until a fateful encounter two decades later in Central America, where Jakob shows up and steals a MacGuffin from Fast’s crew, who are enticed to help Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell).

This starts a crazy globetrotting plot, stretching from Tokyo, London, Edinburgh, Cologne, Tbilisi, Caspian Sea, into space. wait yet globetrotting if you leave the globe? This decision divides Fast & Furious 9 into parallel narratives, as the team pursues separate missions to thwart Jakob’s plan. The wife of Dom Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) and sister Mia (Jordana Brewster) depart for Tokyo, where they discover that Han (Kang) is back from the dead, Roman (Gibson) and his friend Tej Parker (Ludacris) are sent to Colony leads to a few Tokyo Drift meetings (for the public), and Dom wanders around Britain alone for a while – accompanied by delectable guest appearances from Helen Mirren and new rapper Cardi B – until the rest of the team joins. him anyway.

Splitting the Fast & Furious set allows F9 to make them play against each other in a more rewarding and limited way. The Tokyo scenes give us good character moments between Letty and Mia – they also provide a glimpse into what the supposed female spin-off of Fast & Furious might look like. Kang’s return doesn’t have much to do, and seems to be back for purely narrative reasons. Nathalie Emmanuel’s tech expert Ramsey, who reveals he can’t direct a movie full of pilots, has some funny moments of action. As for humorous dialogue, Ludacris actually laughs more than Gibson — and Charlize Theron’s villain Cipher offers an extensive, unfamiliar Star Wars reference that Disney would never approve of.

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Michelle Rodriguez as Letty Ortiz, Jordana Brewster as Mia Toretto in Fast & Furious 9
Photo Credit: Giles Keyte / Universal Pictures

Unfortunately, the wonderful Theron is largely wasted once again. It’s even stranger because F9 seems to be trying to figure out how Fast & Furious 8 didn’t use it correctly. Lin realizes he’s doing the same thing? To me, her presence felt like they wanted us to know she’s still around. Maybe they’re “saving” her for the next one: Fast & Furious 10 (or FX, if Diesel shaving his son’s head is a clue). But F9’s biggest crime is how it deploys Cena. His Jakob Toretto is a serious villain and the film treats him seriously too, unlike Fast & Furious 9’s self-conscious and fun approach elsewhere. It’s just not the right move. See The Suicide Squad and how James Gunn makes better use of Cena, where his character is also serious, but the film knows he’s a bit of a joker.

It’s unfortunate – Cena is just not good at twitching his face muscles like other male stars – Diesel, Dwayne Johnson (who is missing here due to a fight with Diesel) and Jason Statham (in a cameo at the end). has perfected itself over the years. As a result, this really brings down Fast & Furious 9, because Cena is involved in so much of it. At 130 minutes, F9 is also definitely too long. I would love if Lin had really embraced the film’s meta discussion of how this disorganized gang of racing drivers turned into superheroes at some point, but maybe that vein will continue at the end of two parts, slated for 2023 and 2024 respectively. . By the way, having brought everyone back, Lin has been talking about bringing Brian O’Conner (Walker) back too, with the help of CGI and his brothers. Now this is going too far.

Fast & Furious 9 is released on Thursday, September 2 in India, in English, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu.


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