F9 The Fast Saga

2021, Action/Adventure, 2h 25m

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F9 sends the franchise hurtling further over the top than ever, but director Justin Lin's knack for preposterous set pieces keeps the action humming. Read critic reviews

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The Fast franchise is more over the top than ever, but who needs a believable story when you have wall-to-wall action? Read audience reviews

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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).

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  • The film flexes the kind of self awareness to push the series into full blown parody, while still showing some mileage left.

    July 9, 2021 | Rating: Big Screen Watch | Full Review…
  • Man, it's fun! Partly that's because the action set pieces, if not quite up to Mission Impossible or MC Universe standards, really are choreographed with flair.

    July 1, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The action is either funny or dull. It's never gripping or genuinely exciting. So to give it heft, they keep going back to the once thing Vin Diesel does...an extravagantly stupid collection of bits.

    June 30, 2021 | Full Review…
  • This is a franchise where the cars matter as much as the people. The script, by the director and Daniel Casey, does not waste time on conversations.

    June 29, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • If you can stomach the macho melodrama, these movies are ridiculous big-screen ballets, with cars shooting out of skyscrapers and airplanes, that at their best are the right kind of stupid.

    June 28, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • They ask [Cena] to brood too much. They ask him to feel too much... he can't do it the way Vin Diesel has now figured out how to over the course of his career and these nine movies.

    June 28, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The film flexes the kind of self awareness to push the series into full blown parody, while still showing some mileage left.

    July 9, 2021 | Rating: Big Screen Watch | Full Review…
  • Man, it's fun! Partly that's because the action set pieces, if not quite up to Mission Impossible or MC Universe standards, really are choreographed with flair.

    July 1, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The action is either funny or dull. It's never gripping or genuinely exciting. So to give it heft, they keep going back to the once thing Vin Diesel does...an extravagantly stupid collection of bits.

    June 30, 2021 | Full Review…
  • This is a franchise where the cars matter as much as the people. The script, by the director and Daniel Casey, does not waste time on conversations.

    June 29, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • There's fun here. It just never lasts longer than a pit stop. Lin oils this vehicle for maximum performance and tosses in the undercoating, even though it's unnecessary.

    July 31, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • I applaud Universal for not giving Diesel the money to de-age himself. I applaud the tiny, sporadic surprises this film offers. I applaud that I never have to watch it again.

    July 29, 2021 | Rating: D | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for F9 The Fast Saga

  • Aug 03, 2021
    I think I figured out the FF formula during this watch of F9. Basically this is the James Bond recipe of the Roger Moore era, starting with The Spy Who Loved Me. Think about it. The international settings. The killer cars. The physics and death defying feats and stunts. The beautiful women. The fact that 007 and 00FF look suspiciously similar. Bond flies a car underwater and drives the Moonraker shuttle in space while Roman and Tej fly a Fiero into space. Coincidence? I don't think so. And once I made peace with that formula it was SO much more enjoyable. Yeah, Vin Diesel is annoying as Dom. The self reverence gets nauseating. John Cena plays against type as Dom's brother and besides that fact he acted like a cardboard cutout, he did have a presence. I enjoyed the Dom flashbacks to his backstory with the brother. The storyline is meh but it actually gave those characters a millimeter more depth. With a fairly major mental adjustment to a corny Bond worldview, this was actually fun. If I hadn't made that mental switch, this would've been a one or two star rating for sure.
    Mark B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 26, 2021
    In Space No One Can Hear You Think – Film Review: F9: The Fast Saga ★★★ Considered review-proof, the Fast and the Furious franchise has ruled the box office for the past 20 years, so my calling its latest entry, F9: The Fast Saga, monumentally dumb will have zero influence on anyone's decision to see it. We all know it's big and stupid, as do the filmmakers. These films, deliver said stupid with such gusto, that you simply surrender and have a great time nonetheless. Nothing, however, prepared me, for this series to go all Moonraker, sending a car to a place no car has ever gone before. You'll know it when you see it and probably say, "That's ludicrous!" and also say, "That's Ludacris!" F9: The Fast Saga is currently playing on every screen on Earth and in select theaters throughout the universe.
    Glenn G Super Reviewer
  • Jul 16, 2021
    I have been a fan of the Fast & Furious franchise since the release of the original film in 2001. I enjoyed 2 Fast 2 Furious and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, but it seemed like the franchise had more than fizzled out at that point. In 2009 the series made a comeback with the original cast and again I was back on board. I like these characters and will always watch a new film with them all in it. After the fourth installment, everyone knows how the series took off. Five and Six are easily the best two films in the franchise, but then again, losing Paul Walker seemed to drain it all once again. This series has been a roller coaster for me, but I've had a blast with every installment to varying degrees. F9 is now in theatres, and sadly, this was the first film in the franchise (although still enjoyable) that I'm very torn on. Here is why I believe this is the weakest in the franchise.  This franchise began with illegal street racing and now they're basically superheroes without calling themselves that. F9 begins with the team needing to track down Cipher (Charlize Theron) once again, but Dom (Vin Diesel) soon realizes that his younger brother Jakob (John Cena) is working with her. Having devised a plot that will in turn cause global destruction, the team must find a way to disarm a satellite in space. On top of that, the film brings Han back (Sung Kang) back as one of the main characters and the action is more than over the top. It's hard for me to describe this movie without wanting to chuckle.  What I admired about this film is that it wanted to expand on Dom's backstory and we receive many flashbacks to younger versions of these characters. The fact that Dom's speech from the first film now has some visual context was kind of nice. Tej (Ludacris) and Roman (Tyrese Gibson) are once again enjoyable when they are teamed up, but their subplot here was pretty much the end of the very long line this franchise has been stretching. To say the very least, this film just goes way too far. John Cena is fine as Dom's brother, but the fact that it took nine movies to introduce the brother of your main character, made me not care. Fast & Furious has basically become a high-action soap opera and it has worked every time until now. Again, this is coming from someone who loves this franchise.  It goes without saying that the laws of physics being played with are what made these films so much fun. Pulling bank vaults down the street, tugging a plane out of the sky, and battling a Submarine on ice were all basically not possible in reality, but they still found a way to keep the story grounded and not quite push it too far. This time, not just one, but every single action scene deals with moments that could never physically happen and these people are all human. They poke fun at the fact that they never get injured or die, but that isn't enough when looking at just how dumb the action is here. From street racers to superheroes, the Fast & Furious franchise is now running on fumes for me, even though I'll be there for the two-part finale they're planning.  Overall, F9 is a fun movie to watch on the big screen, but only if you're able to completely suspend all of your disbelief. If it wasn't for these characters all being enjoyable, I probably would've hated this film. What the most puzzling thing to me is, is the fact that Justin Lin came back to direct and will be doing the next two films as well. He is the one who probably understands this franchise the most and easily made it what it became in Fast Five and Furious 6, but it's almost like he's taking too many notes from the ridiculous suggestions on the internet. F9 is the movie everyone joked about when Fast Five was in theatres, but I don't mean that in a good way. Even if you're a huge fan of the franchise, I can't see many people loving this one. F9 is now playing in theatres, however, waiting to rent it is just fine.
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2021
    Well, here we go, the point where these movies jump the shark I guess? I mean that is until these guys fight a literal megalodon and jump over it with their cars. Is that the next movie? Is it weird that I want to see that? If you can't tell by my facetious remarks here, jumping the shark in this franchise isn't necessarily a bad thing. Taking a car into space? Sure, why not. Jumping a car across a cliff like a zip line? Go for it. Dom having a child that speaks in nothing but Full House style exposition dialogue?...weirdly, that's where I draw the line. So yeah the movie is dumb, and the story has holes to hell. Why is Dom's brother back now? Why did he go SO DAMN bad? What exactly are the villains motivations beyond just being a bad guy? Why won't Dom's child talk like a human child? None of these things break the movie for me personally. I would have liked a few more practical action scenes because it feels like the series has sort of lost that, but the action we get is so riddled in creativity it's still too much fun to complain. Every one of these later Fast movies has some iconic piece of tech to play with, and this time it's magnets, and godamn do they do a lot with these magnets. There are sequences of action in here unlike anything I've seen before. Sure they throw physics out the window, but they're fun. The movie is dumb, it's probably the dumbest Fast movie yet, but it's got enough heart to it with a message of, what else, family to carry you through the stupid. And yeah, the stupid is a lot of fun.
    Michael M Super Reviewer

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