F9: The Fast Saga (2021)

Director: Justin Lin
Writer/s: Daniel Casey, Justin Lin, Alfredo Botello, Gary Scott Thompson
Starring: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, John Cena, Charlize Theron, Sung Kang, Thue Ersted Ramussen, and more.

The Intro:
Welp… Here we go again. Fast 12. No, wait… Fast and the Furious 17. Nope still wrong… Fast 9! That’s it! There we go! However, this movie isn’t called Fast 9. It is called, “F9: The Fast Saga.” Because it would make too much sense to call it Fast and the Furious 9. So much sense like this entire series makes. Well, let’s not keep you in suspense, shall we? And for my sake, I want to get this over with.

IMDB Summary:
“Cipher enlists the help of Jakob, Dom’s younger brother to take revenge on Dom and his team.

The Oberrating:
Let’s get this out of the way. This series’ goal is to entertain. That’s kind of obvious, right? I have found all these films entertaining to some extent, and found enjoyment in the watch. Sure that result has gone wayyy down with the newer films, but they are still fun. F9 is no exception to the statement. Wild and truly unbelievable tricks, some pretty decent comedic moments, and a return to the racing that made most of us love the series. With that said; what in the f*&% happened in this movie? Giant magnets on aircrafts and trucks that rip cars out of mid-air and through buildings? Humans doing absolutely inhuman things (ignoring Hobbs & Shaw.) And lastly…Space? SPACE?!?! Give me a break. I can turn off the heavy analytical mind, typically, for popcorn flicks, but god damn. This is just too much, and only continues to be too much. Too much to the point where it affects my experience, but that is just me. I truly hope others find the fun in these movies to have a good time.

The performances here are all over the place. No one stands out as a rock star performance. I mean, that is to be expected with a film of this caliber. CLEARLY, no one is going to put on an Oscar performance. There is, however, the notable comedic duo of Ludacris and Tyrese. These two together keep the jokes rolling and genuinely provided me with some good laughs. Outside of them, this movie was a very generic showcase of basic effort from just about everyone.

The Wrap-Up:
It’s a popcorn movie. If you know, you know. There’s basically three demographics you fall into: The one’s who love the ridiculousness, the one’s who have phased out of the series, and the one’s who downright despise what the series has become. Regardless, all three demographics are probably still paying to see these movies, and that’s why they continue to be a success.

Other Takeaways:

  • Without Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel) this entire crew (and us as an audience) would be absolutely bloody lost. The exposition and “how things work” relies damn near on her for almost every scene.
  • Vin apparently has the strength of family as he can rip down rows of concrete using only chains.
  • This series has really lost a proper villain since Deckard (Jason Statham). Cipher and Otto just don’t work.
  • How many plot twists can they bleed out of Han’s death?
  • Space…. SPACE… Really?!

Rating: 3/5



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