F9: THE FAST SAGA aka FAST AND FURIOUS 9 (2021) Reviews (31) and overview

 

F9: The Fast Saga is a 2021 American sci-fi action comedy film in which Cypher takes revenge on Dom and his team. Also known as Fast and Furious 9: The Fast Saga

Directed by Justin Lin from a screenplay written by Daniel Casey based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson, the movie stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren, Nathalie Emmanuel and Michael Rooker.

Reviews:

“Sure, there are parts of F9’s last act that are excessively silly or even quite dumb — there’s always been a certain suspension of disbelief needed for these movies —  but it’s counterbalanced by another amazing chase sequence upping the use of the giant powerful magnets that are a running theme throughout the movie.” Below the Line

“The familiar storyline, some of the puffed-up chest-thumping dialogues are all in line with the troupes the series has been following all this while […] But when you watch a car getting slingshot into space off the back of a plane, you can’t help but watch in awe at the confidence they showed in going there. It is an entertaining blockbuster well worth the wait…” BRWC

“It’s been repeatedly demonstrated in the past that there are fun, clever, and thrilling stories to be told in this world with these characters, but there needs to be more to the movies than what’s on-screen here. Clearly, some key lessons were not taken from The Fate of the Furious, but we can keep our fingers crossed that the next chapter will be able to right the ship.” CinemaBlend

“The movie may be seriously lacking when it comes to writing, but no one is going to see F9 for Aaron Sorkin-style dialogue. We’re here to watch cars go fast and do the most implausible stunts possible. There was plenty of thrilling action, behind the wheel and otherwise, and that’s all that matters. F9 had me fully engaged and entertained for two and a half hours…” Comicbook.com

“Check any expectations of credibility at the door and be comforted by the fact that if you signed up for an extreme series of wacko bananas car stunts and explosions gone wild you will meet your nirvana (and then some) and have some fun in the process.” Deadline

” …the franchise has a touch of self-deprecation to it, as well as an intimation of its own “invincibility”, both earned. There’s even dialogue to that effect, threatening to break the fourth wall […] F9 isn’t the perfect summer movie, but it’s close enough: a reminder of the highs, lows and longueurs that mark the escapism we need.” Empire

” …F9 reveals that issues lie far beyond the invincibility of its characters. Slathered in nostalgia for past moments in the franchise yet still introducing entirely new backstories, this humdrum antepenultimate adventure leaves one convinced those steering the series don’t have a firm grasp on where it’s heading.” The Film Stage

F9 further pushes The Fast Saga into the realm of unapologetic soap opera, complete with long-lost siblings and inexplicable resurrections […] The issue isn’t the sheer absurdity of the action scenes but rather the increasing reliance on retroactive retcons as the sole motivator for dramatic weight even as they negate any tension for onscreen events.” Forbes

“While it’s not the best film in the ever-growing saga, and tends to be a little unwieldy in the second act, this winning entry has a lot of gumption and spirited drive. It’ll make you forget your troubles for a few hours as only this franchise can do. There’s assuredly plenty of gas left in the tank.” Fresh Fiction

“If you find the Fast and Furious movies to be super cheesy, unbelievable, and too wild for your tastes, you aren’t going to like this one. It’s just all of that and a whole bunch more […] It has moments fans have always wanted to see, moments we never thought we’d see, action to spare, and dives deeper emotionally than any other installment. Thankfully, there’s still plenty of gas in the tank of this franchise.” Gizmodo

” …this franchise will never be able to achieve its former heights as long as Cipher is still around — a nemesis so bland and enervating she wouldn’t even be worthy of Hobbes & Shaw. No, what matters is that F9 continues to make the saga feel bigger while bringing it home. The world of F&F has never felt more outta control than it does here, but for the first time in a long time it feels like it’s drifting in the right direction.” IndieWire

“It’s not here to offer subtlety or wisdom or make you feel bad about all that property damage. It’s here to overwhelm you with light and sound until your head feels emptied of anything but the metallic clang of colliding cars and the faint echoes of Vin Diesel mumbling about family — to do proper big-screen blockbuster movie stuff, in other words.” Mashable

“It might be a year of lockdown talking, but F9, for me at least, felt like a return to form for the series. At least up there with 6 if not close to touching the bombastic grandeur of Five. If you are vaccinated and it’s safe to do so, I would recommend seeing it in a big ol’ theater. Definitely a fun, loud, messy, joyous time at the movies.” Nerdist

“While Hobbs & Shaw’s The Rock and Statham are obvious omissions from this movie, the addition of Cena’s character and particularly his backstory with Dom help to make up for it. If you’re still eager to come out for a ninth Fast & Furious movie twenty years in, F9 won’t let you down.” The Prague Reporter

“There’s plenty here to shake your head at and make fun of, but away from it all, there’s a sense that a franchise that was increasingly spinning its wheels has managed to regain its grip on the road. Where that road leads next is anyone’s guess, but it’ll inevitably be a laugh finding out.” Ready Steady Cut

“Some of F9‘s retconning of that same franchise history – particularly in regard to Han’s return and Jakob’s addition to the Toretto family – may not work for everyone, but those who go into the film expecting a fun ride will get exactly that. F9 is the epitome of summer blockbuster – it’s big fun and that makes for a wholly enjoyable moviegoing experience.” Screen Rant

“People talk about how the Fast and the Furious movies operate on their own physics, but it’s a very important form of cinematic physics. “Because it’s awesome” trumps gravity every time. And, if one stunt stretches credibility, they go again even harder.
They’re certainly trying everything to entertain us so you can’t complain they slacked off and phoned in part nine.” Showbiz CheatSheet

“This is a film that cuts back and forth between an Edinburgh chase scene with a giant magnet that nearly matches the glory of Fast Five‘s bank vault scene and the absurd sci-fi comedy of Roman and Tej bickering in a space car. But after the empty soullessness of Fate of the Furious and the ribald nonsense of Hobbs and Shaw, F9 feels like Lin is pulling the franchise back on track.” Slashfilm

” …audiences shouldn’t be surprised how events in F9 play out. But after this many laps around the track, the action has become weightless and not even the incessant roar of the engines can drown out the relentless bickering that passes for camaraderie.” South China Morning Post

“It’s simple entertainment. It’s incredibly dumb at times, but gloriously so. It may ride too hard on thinking audiences will be invested in the intense scowls Diesel and Cena make at each other, but this is also a film where Diesel can use his trusty Charger to solve any problem…” We Live Entertainment

“For audiences who want their 2021 return to the multiplex to deliver big, loud, exciting action, F9 makes the cars go fast, jump high, and generally do the impossible. It’s exhilaratingly ridiculous, yes, but it’s also ridiculously exhilarating.” The Wrap

Release:

F9 was released in Hong Kong and South Korea on May 19, 2021, then many more regions around the world. It is scheduled to be released in the UK on June 24th and the USA on June 25th 2021.

Cast and characters:

Charlize Theron … Cipher
Vin Diesel … Dominic Toretto
Michelle Rodriguez … Letty Ortiz
Helen Mirren … Magdalene Shaw
Nathalie Emmanuel … Ramsey
Michael Rooker … Buddy
Lucas Black … Sean Boswell
Jordana Brewster … Mia
Finn Cole
John Cena … Jakob Toretto
Martyn Ford
Amber Sienna … Interpol
Jim Parrack
Sung Kang … Han
Jason Tobin … Earl

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