FAST AND FURIOUS 9 is a decent animator who will pass the time and will be loved by the masses and fans of the series.

Fast And Furious 9: The Fast Saga (English) Review {3.0 / 5} and Review Rating

FAST AND FURIOUS 9 is the story of Dominic Toretto and his gang facing the threat of none other than Dom’s estranged brother. The film begins in 1989. Dominic Toretto’s (Vinnie Bennett) father, Jack Toretto (JD Pardo), is a runner who dies in an accident while running. Dominic is soon arrested after he attacks the rival racer who was involved in the accident that led to Jack’s death. In jail, Dominic realizes that it was his brother Jakob (Finn Cole) who did some mischief in Jack’s car and that he is responsible for her disappearance. After getting out of jail, Dominic challenges Jakob in a race. The deal is that Jakob will have to leave town if he loses. Dominic defeats Jakob and the latter flees. Today, Dominic (Vin Diesel), Letty (Michelle Rodríguez) and their son Brian are living a peaceful life in a remote region. Yet Dominic and Letty miss the excitement of their previous life every day. One day, his gang members, Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson), Tej Parker (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges) and Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel), come to meet them. They inform Dominic and Letty that the plane carrying Cipher (Charlize Theron) was attacked by some rogue elements so it crashed in Montequinto, Central America. Dominic and Letty join them to find the crash site. In the crashed plane, they find a part of a device called Ares, but they don’t know what it is. At this point, they are attacked by a private army, led by none other than Jakob (John Cena). Jakob steals their device and escapes. Dominic and his gang learn that what Jakob stole was half of Ares. Once they get both parts of Ares and are able to unlock it, they will be able to hack into any computer controlled weapon system. The other half of Ares is in Edinburgh, where Jakob is also heading. Dominic and his gang follow suit. Meanwhile, they also discover that their deceased gang member Han Lue (Sung Kang) is also related in some way to Ares. What happens next forms the rest of the movie.

The story of Justin Lin, Alfredo Botello and Daniel Casey is ideal for this franchise. Daniel Casey and Justin Lin’s script is entertaining but has several loose ends. The first half has a lot of drama but very little action and even the drama is not that exciting. Also, it is predictable; one can easily guess from one mile that Jakob will be betrayed at some point and will join Dominic. The dialogues are simple and witty in places.

Justin Lin’s directing is great, but you wish it was equipped with a stricter script. Speaking of the positives, he handles scale, action, and greatness very well. Some dramatic scenes are skillfully handled. On the other hand, the movie has a long runtime (2.23 hours). The first half has hardly any action and after a point, it tests your patience. Fortunately, there are a lot of action scenes in the second half and it makes up for the shortcomings to some extent.

FAST AND FURIOUS 9 begins on a sad note, showing how Jack Toretto died. But soon the action shifts to the Central American chase sequence. This is a brilliant scene and the very exciting car jump scene involving Dominic and Letty occurs within the first 20 minutes. From here, the film descends and rises only during the Edinburgh sequence. The final action scene is exciting. However, one expected a little more tension in the spatial sequence.

Vin Diesel, as expected, is in his prime. He’s the face of the franchise and contributes to the movie’s massive quotient. John Cena has an important role and he is fair. Michelle Rodríguez is moderate in dramatic scenes but quite funny while performing stunts. Tyrese Gibson and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges contribute to the humor of the film. Nathalie Emmanuel surprises in the second half of the Edinburgh chase sequence. Charlize Theron and Jordana Brewster (Mia Toretto) are limited in scope. Sung Kang is barely there. Also, the reason why he didn’t die and was underground all these years is not very convincing. Helen Mirren (Magdalene “Queenie” Shaw) is missing. Anna Sawai (Elle) doesn’t have much to do after her worthy action scene. But it can be a great addition in future installments of the series. Lucas Black (Sean Boswell) is strictly fine. Vinnie Bennett is great as young Dominic. It even sounds like Vin Diesel to a degree. Fin Cole is fine. Jason Statham (Derek Shaw) appears in the middle credits scene.

Brian Tyler’s music is theatrical and adds to the impact. Stephen F. Windon’s cinematography is spectacular. The photographer goes out of his way to be creative while taking pictures and adds a nice touch. The action and visuals are exciting. It is seen to be believed in the landmine sequence and scenes where electromagnetic waves create madness. Editing by Dylan Highsmith, Kelly Matsumoto and Greg D’Auria should have been sharper in the first half.

Overall, FAST AND FURIOUS 9 is a decent animator who will pass the time and will be loved by the masses and fans of the series. However, the long run, a relatively unexciting first half and the prolonged lockdown of cinemas in Maharashtra would affect box office takings in the long run.

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