Fast & Furious 9

Fast & Furious 9
Running time:143 minutes
Director:Justin Lin
Release date:25 june 2021
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)..

Mulder's Review

It was a long wait to discover one of the most awaited of this year. Postponed several times because of the worldwide pandemic linked to Covid 19, the tenth movie of the cinematographic saga Fast & Furious 9 (F9) will finally be released in France on July 14th (on an exceptional day, the must-see movie of the year).While it has been playing in theaters since June 25th, we finally had the opportunity to discover it in excellent conditions in our favorite cinema. Discovering a new part of Fast and Furious is like finding a universe that we love and capable of competing with the Marvel cinematographic universe as much by its numerous impressive scenes but also by a cast resembling a real family of actors enjoying the fact of finding each other to continue to give life to their character. 

So after Fast and Furious (2001), 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006), Fast and Furious 4 (2009), Fast and Furious 5 (2011), Fast and Furious 6 (2013), Fast and Furious 7 (2015), Fast and Furious 8 (2017), Fast and Furious: Hobbs and Shaw (2019), Fast and Furious 9 (2021) continues the adventure of Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel in his best role), Leticia Ortiz Toretto (Michelle Rodriguez), Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster), Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson), Tej Parker (Ludacris), Megan Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel), Han Lue (Sung Kang), Sean Boswell (Lucas Black). We also find in this part the character of Cipher (Charlize Theron) and for the first time the brother of Dominic, Jakob Toretto (John Cena). 

While Dom Toretto leads a quiet life (out of any recent technology), with Letty and his son Brian, an important event will throw him back into the action. This time, a global threat will force Dom to confront the sins of his past if he wants to save those he loves the most. His team comes together to stop a global conspiracy led by the most skilled assassin and most capable driver they've ever encountered: a man who happens to be Dom's enemy brother, Jakob (John Cena). 

In the introductory scene, which acts as a prequel to the saga, we discover Dominic Toretto, still a young man, attending a car race in which his father is participating with his younger brother. A serious accident causing the death of the latter will make an important difference between the two brothers until recent events put them back on the same path. Even if the formula remains unchanged and the scenes are more improbable than the others, the dialogues and the humor are always perfectly brought, there is in this film a real will to bring a new breath. Starting with the fact that this is the first film of the saga since Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006), whose script is not signed by Chris Morgan (Daniel Casey, Justin Lin take up the torch) but also the return since Fast & Furious 6 (2013) of Justin Lin as director. 

Far from making Dominic Torreto and his gang the equals of Avengers, this saga places its characters in action scenes more and more spectacular to the point that one of the scenes of the film even takes place in space. We will appreciate some winks to great warriors (Dominic Torreto is compared to Genghis Khan) but also an excellent nod to Star Wars and more precisely Yoda. In more than twenty years this cinematographic saga has not only managed to go from a simple chase movie to a spy movie worthy of Missions Impossibles and other James Bond movies, but above all it has allowed its characters to evolve and grow at the same time as the audience. The result is a successful reunion but also a real emotion marked by the importance of family but also of the past. The excellent wink to Brian O'Conner's (Paul Walker) character will almost make us shed a little tear like the final meal scene which seems to become one of the rituals of each film.

We can't advise you enough to discover this film in Imax or in an excellent theater as this film is the quintessence of the excellent summer blockbuster. Even if the film seems to follow a proven formula, the final result does not disappoint at any moment and makes you want to see it again immediately. We can't advise you enough to stay until the middle of the end credits, especially if, like us, you are a fan of Deckard Shaw's character (we won't say more)...

Directed by Justin Lin
Produced by Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel, Jeff Kirschenbaum, Joe Roth, Justin Lin, Clayton Townsend, Samantha Vincent
Screenplay by Daniel Casey, Justin Lin
Story by Justin Lin, Alfredo Botello, Daniel Casey
Based on Characters by Gary Scott Thompson
Starring Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, John Cena, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sung Kang, Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron
Music by Brian Tyler
Cinematography : Stephen F. Windon
Production companies : Original Film, One Race Films, Roth/Kirschenbaum Films
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date : May 19, 2021 (South Korea), June 25, 2021 (United States)
Running Time : 143 minutes

Seen on July 13, 2021 at Gaumont Disney Village, Room 1 seat L19
Seen again on July 14, 2021 at Gaumont Disney Village, Room 11 Imax and 3D seat E19

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