Film Review “F9: The Fast Saga”

Directed by: Justin Lin
Starring: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, John Cena, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sung Kang, Michael Rooker, Helen Mirren, Kurt Russell, Charlize Theron
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
Release date: June 25, 2021
Running time: 145 minutes

Our Score: 4 out of 5 stars

The Fast & Furious franchise titled The Fast Saga has not run out of gas just yet. “F9” is completely over-the-top, action packed and one hell of a blast to watch. Who knew that this franchise would be going here nine films strong. Listen we all know that these things could never happen in real life but they are fun to watch on the big screen. I recently re-watched this franchise from the beginning and it was really fun to see how this series has evolved from street racing to international spy heists…and it has been so much fun to watch. This latest film gives this franchise a kick right into outer space…literally! Where can this franchise possible go next?

Official Premise: “Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto is leading a quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, little Brian, but they know that danger always lurks just over their peaceful horizon. This time, that threat will force Dom to confront the sins of his past if he’s going to save those he loves most. His crew joins together to stop a world-shattering plot led by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered: a man who also happens to be Dom’s forsaken brother, Jakob (John Cena, the upcoming The Suicide Squad).”

I am personally a big John Cena fan from the WWE and it was awesome getting to see him play the baddie. I felt that the film also gave an extra nod to the ladies of the Fast Saga. I wouldn’t be surprised if we have a female only spinoff happen down the line. The visual effects are beyond amazing. There is nothing that looks “too CGI” or anything like that. The Fast Saga is well known for blending actual practical effects with digital effects.

Like I mentioned above, I have no clue where this franchise could go in the future, so the next two films are going to be a big mystery. But from a franchise that started 20 years ago, this week in fact (Happy anniversary), on the streets to literally flying outer space in this film, and while still keeping things fun and existing, I don’t see this franchise having any issues in the future. This movie needs to be seen on a big screen with popcorn and concessions!

One Reply to “Film Review “F9: The Fast Saga””

  1. This movie made my brain hurt. There is more obeying of physics in a road runner cartoon.
    And the magnet thing. Generally movie magnets always work in whatever way the plot needs them to, but this was on another level.

    With Fast 5 they were in a position to make the franchise comparable to Mission: Impossible but with car stunts. But then they kept taking it too far. And it was fine and we played along because they did it with a wink to the audience. It made the movies fun and we laughed with them. We were in on the joke.

    But now they have moved past self aware into parody and we are laughing at them. There is honestly more realism in a Marvel movie, and those are movies were we are not expected to expect realism.

    Vin (We are on a covert mission in the jungle, so I am going to drive a loud muscle car and wear a white tank top to make sure I blend in) Diesel has feats of strength in this to rival the Hulk.

    I wanted to enjoy it but it was pretty terrible. The most enjoyable thing in the film was the trio of Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson and Natalie Emmanuel. They are actually really good together.

    I really hope Charlize Theron got paid a lot for what couldn’t have been more than 2-3 days work. Miss the dreads though.

    Can’t wait to see F-X, where they drive to the center of the earth to stop whoever the villain is from freezing the earth’s core. And then probably forgive them for it and let them go and become allies in F-11, where they have to drive super fast around the earth to stop the villain from stopping the world from turning.

    To sum up, I watched this at home and I still wanted to walk out.

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