Sun. Oct 24th, 2021



To start things off on a positive note, I’ll say that F9: The Fast Saga is an improvement on 2017’s Fate of the Furious (and, goes without saying, 2019’s Hobbs & Shaw). After taking a break from the family following production of Fast & Furious 6, Justin Lin came back and brought back nearly every living character we’ve seen so far, including Tokyo Drift‘s Sean and pals, along with all the ones who joined this increasingly large crew in the two entries the director sat out (Queenie, Mr. Nobody, Cipher etc.), plus a dead character for good measure. 

Yes, while it would have been nice to get the surprise in the film itself instead of in the marketing, Sung Kang’s much loved Han is also back, with a chunk of the film devoted to explaining a. how he survived and b. what he’s been doing all this time. Juggling this thread, plus the main plot of Dom fighting his brother Jakob (John Cena) over control of yet another doohickey that can do everything, PLUS the never explored backstory of how Papa Toretto died, is a task only a veteran like Lin could handle, I suspect, and he does a fine job of bringing it all together while also creating some of the series’ now trademark mega-action scenes (curiously, the best – a multi vehicle chase through a mine-riddled jungle and over a collapsing bridge – is the first). 

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