F9 (2021)

Director: Justin Lin
Writer: Daniel Casey, Justin Lin
Sequel to: The Fast and the Furious2 Fast 2 FuriousThe Fast and the Furious: Tokyo DriftFast & FuriousFast FiveFast & Furious 6, Furious 7, The Fate of the Furious
Cast: Vin DieselMichelle Rodriguez, Jordana BrewsterTyrese GibsonLudacrisCharlize TheronNathalie Emmanuel, John Cena, Finn Cole, Vinnie Bennett, Sung Kang, Anna Sawai, Lucas Black, Shad Moss, Thue Ersted Rasmussen, Don Omar, Shea Whigham, JD Pardo, Michael Rooker, Jim ParrackKurt Russell, Jason Statham, Helen Mirren
Seen on: 19.7.2021

Dom (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) have chosen a remote life of retirement. But when Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Ludacris) and Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel) drop by to tell them about a distress call from Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell), Letty is itching to go. Dom is reluctant – until he realizes that somehow his estranged brother Jacob (John Cena) is involved. And he still has some open business with Jacob that he can’t just let go.

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll know that I love the Fast and Furious movies, with all of their problems. And I found F9 absolutely satisfying to watch once more. This series just works beautifully.

The film poster showing the main characters in various sizes and poses in front of colorful smoke and above cars, tanks, drones and helicopters.

We have long passed into outright science fiction (if not fantasy) territory with these movies, so if you’re expecting simple car chases, you’ll probably be angry at what the film gives us. Because what we get is physically pretty much impossible (with Dom and basically everyone being quite literally indestructible). But damn, it looks awesome. And you have to give them that: they always have new ideas to raise up stakes and destroy cars in new ways.

I definitely had fun watching them do it all here. And I liked that this film so very aggressively ties Tokyo Drift back into the story. I mean, I did not particularly like Tokyo Drift, but the way it sat in the overall canon was always a little weird. And that we get not only vindication for Han, but actually also a place for Sean (Lucas Black) and his friends in the bigger story now, that’s really nice.

Dom (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) driving a car at high speed.

Of course, the film is all about family again. I still find it fascinating how many different ways people become family here and what a complex kind of morality comes with being part of the family. What can be forgiven, what can’t be forgiven? Maybe I will do a deep dive into the lore at some point, but chances are, somebody else on the internet already did and probably did it well.

In any case, the film absolutely delivers what I expected – and then quite unexpectedly it also delivers the steamingest of chemistries between Helen Mirren and Vin Diesel (here are two points of my sexual attraction landscape that I never thought would collide and I am absolutely here for it). In short, I absolutely had fun with the film.

Dom (Vin Diesel) and his brother Jacob (John Cena) facing each other angrily.

Summarizing: if you like those movies, you’re going to really like this one.

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