Fast and Furious 9 (12A)

Fast and Furious 9 (12A)

Director: Justin Lin

Run time:142 minutes

Cast: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, John Cena, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sung Kang, with Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron

Synopsis: Dom Toretto is living the quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, but they know that danger always lurks just over the peaceful horizon. This time, that threat forces Dom to confront the sins of his past to save those he loves most. His crew soon comes together to stop a world-shattering plot by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered – Dom’s forsaken brother.

Showing in: IMAX,4DX, Superscreen, ViP, 2D

It’s been twenty years since the first Fast and Furious movie was released, and now this summer it’s time for F9, the ninth chapter in the saga, directed by Taiwanese-American film director, Justin Lin. He is best known for his work on Better Luck Tomorrow (2002), The Fast and the Furious 3-6 (2006-13), Star Trek Beyond (2016), and television shows Community (2009) and the second season of True Detective (2015).

“No matter how fast you are, no one outruns their past.”

Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto is leading a quiet, retired life with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) and his son, little Brian. However danger always lurks just over the horizon. This time, the 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 have ever encountered: a man who also happens to be Dom’s estranged brother, Jakob [John Cena – WWE superstar, Bumblebee (2018), Blockers (2018), Playing with Fire (2019)]

Dom and his family must go head-to-head with his previously unknown brother Jakob, a deadly assassin who is working with their old enemy Cipher (Charlize Theron), who has a personal vendetta against Dom.

This latest Fast and Furious film also literally goes to new heights, as the plot sends Roman (Tyrese Gibson) and Tej (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges) off in a rocket – headed for outer space, despite falling short of NASA standards, kitted out in handmade astronaut costumes sealed with duct tape.

Han (Sung Kang) also returns from the dead and as in previous films there is a star-studded cast which doesn’t disappoint, with Jordana Brewster back as Dom’s sister Mia, and Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel) and Otto (Thue Ersted Rasmussen) as Jakob’s associates.

Intelligence operative Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) features and Queenie Shaw (Helen Mirren) is on hand for a high-speed sports car ride through London streets.

Spectacular cinematography from Stephen F Windon showcases locations in London, Los Angeles, Edinburgh, Thailand, and Georgia.

Particularly impressive are the scenes around Edinburgh – especially with a “very long zip line” and plenty of recognisable scenes of Scotland’s Gothic capital city.

With flying cars and a futuristic feel, the Fast and Furious series has always been all about impossible and ludicrous car stunts. Fans won’t be disappointed – suspend your disbelief and prepare for a fun, if long ride.

Ripped bodies, unreal and frenzied cars going where cars shouldn’t go – all the familiar and entertaining elements are there, with no slowing down in this furiously fast paced, action packed, gripping ninth film.

In a surprise coda – so don’t rush out before the end titles – a very big star appears heralding that F10 and F11 are on the cards.

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