Detail Review ‘F9’: For director Justin Lin, making Fast 9 should have been a left-handed game. After all, he directed the first Fast and the Furious film. After this he also directed the 5th and 6th film of this series. It is being said that after Fast 9, no other film will be made in this series, that is, it will be the last film and it was necessary to be amazing. The film hit the theaters on 19 May 2021 and was the 5th biggest hit of the year. Probably because of this it took a long time to release it on OTT.
Surprisingly, compared to all the other films of this series, this film has been seen as the weakest. People broke into theaters to watch every expensive film released after Kovid, so this film also went on. Now released on Amazon Prime Video. Don’t expect to watch action thriller film with amazing stunts, you are likely to be disappointed. It doesn’t look like a fast series.
The series was a thrill to watch until Paul Walker and Vin Diesel, along with their gang members, used to commit more than one crime, showing stunts while driving cars in dangerous places. Till the dialogues of the film, people were on their lips. Ironically, Paul Walker died in a car accident that left Fast and the Furious 7 unfinished. After some time, with the help of Paul’s brother Caleb and Cody, using special effects and computer graphics, the rest of the scenes were completed and the film was released.
Subsequent films such as “The Fate of the Furious”, Fast and Furious Present Hobbs and Shaw and Fast 9, all three films are struggling with the lack of Paul Walker. Vin Diesel couldn’t run the film alone and was accompanied by action actors like Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Alba and now John Cena, but he never enjoyed it because of Paul Walker’s calm in front of Vin Diesel’s angry look. Nature used to balance the films of this series quite well.
The story of Fast 9 also seems to have been written only because another anti-hero character was to be brought into the series and another sequel was to be made in this series. Gary Scott Thompson created the main characters of the Fast and the Furious series. It is fortunate that every time he is given credit in the films written on these characters. Chris Morgan, who is associated as the author of the second film in this series, “Tokyo Drift”, is not the writer of the film, but this time Justin Lin has enlisted Daniel Casey and Alfredo Botello to write. Here is the biggest mistake.
The story moves into a short flashback where Dominic Toretto’s (Vin Diesel) father is killed in an accident at the race track. Angry with the world, Vin fights with his brother and throws him out of the house. Years later, the same brother Jacob (John Cena), on a mission, is stunned by the world’s best hacking device “Project Aris” from the hands of Vin and his team. Vin’s own team includes girlfriend Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), sister Mia (Johanna Brewster), Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Ludacris) and Ramsay (Nathalie Emanuel).
In front are Vin’s brothers Jacob (John Cena), Cipher (Charlize Theron) and Otto (Theu Rasmussen). While searching for Jacob, Vin and his team travel to different countries until they find Han (Sung Kang), missing for years and an old friend of Vin. Then the same car chases, blast scenes, pulling huge vehicles with magnets fitted in the car, destroying vehicles on city streets, stunts that mock gravity, everything that is guaranteed in the Fast and the Furious series, is also present in this. What is not there this time is the ability to engage the audience in the story.
Vin Diesel should rethink his character and acting. Action series films do not have much acting scope, but after giving new dimensions to the character, at least one can think of acting in a new way. He continues to overshadow the character of Dominic Toretto in every film. Michelle Rodriguez has played a better character and acting than him. Be it action scenes or emotional scenes, she looks quite effortless. Sung Kang’s entry could have been better as he has been seen with the gang after a long time. However, they do not have any special work ahead. John Cena does not know acting and he is an action star, yet why he accepted this role, it is incomprehensible.
Charlize Theron is also a big actress, why did she work in this film for such a small role, while her role in Fast 8 in the same series was very big and important. Rest of the actors are fit in their respective roles, as they have been doing, they are doing the same this time too. His characters were neither the main ones earlier nor are they the main ones now. Dwayne Johnson will probably not make a comeback in this series because he is not made with Vin Diesel. If Dwayne isn’t there, Jason Statham won’t be back either. By the way, the filming of Fast 10 has started and will be released in 2023.
Stephen F. Winden, the cinematographer of almost all the films of The Gray Man and Fast and the Furious series recently released on Netflix, has also handled the camera this time. Perhaps this time there was not much detailing in the action sequences and hence the camera did not look amazing. The scene of a car hitting a satellite in space looks ridiculous. The entire crew of about 250 people, along with stunt coordinators Andy Gill, Gregory Barnett and Geoffrey Barnett, were involved in the shooting of this film.
There were some surprising stunts as well but they were weak compared to the earlier films of the series. What could have brought fun here was the audience getting emotionally attached to the stunt, but this time he stayed away from the film. Fast 9 may have done wonders at the box office, but fans of this series will still consider it a weak film. Hopefully something new and big will be seen through Fast 10 because this time the director of Fast 10 is not Justin Louis Leterrier (Clash of the Titan, Transporter, Incredible Hulk etc.). Although it will be fun if you watch it being a fast series film, but it is not the best film of this series.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : August 08, 2022, 17:50 IST