Movie Review – F9 (2021)


F9, 2021.

Directed by Justin Lin.
Starring Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, John Cena, Sung Kang, Jordana Brewster, Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren, Kurt Russell, Lucas Black, Shad Moss, Anna Sawai, Vincent Sinclair Diesel, Finn Cole, Thue Ersted Rasmussen, Don Omar, Shea Whigham, Vinnie Bennett, JD Pardo, Michael Rooker, Jim Parrack, Jason Tobin, Lex Elle, Cardi B, Ozuna, Méghane De Croock, Bad Bunny, Siena Agudong, Isaac Holtane, Immanuel Holtane, Azia Dinea Hale, Juju Zhang, Karson Kern, Igby Rigney, Cered and Jason Statham.



Cipher asks for help from Jacob, Domin’s younger brother, to avenge Dom and his team.


Unexplained is pronounced F9 (ninth entry Fast saga); “physique.” Returning director Justin Lin (responsible for expanding street racing into increasingly insane, deadly tricks that challenged filmmakers like F. Gary Gray to promote the absurd) is not only aware of where this franchise has come from; he knows what these fans want to see. At a time when narrative undoing is more trendy than ever, it’s also not a bad thing to balance things up as expectations are met, especially from the year-long dry spell of pleasant success products. All this is a roundabout F9, while not necessarily a good film, is undeniably funny, producing an inspiring climax that encompasses imagination and spectacle. It recognizes finger-waving grips against a lack of realism with a middle-finger response.

However, Justin Lin (co-authored with Daniel Casey, who both co-wrote the story with Alfredo Botello based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson) also features one notable film F9 should be seen as a continually great experience or label similar to the best in the series (compared exactly to other similar subsequent items). It can also be said that the healthy help of humor and charismatic machism is lacking without Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham (one of them appears during the finale). Both frustrations are complemented only by the main story, in which Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto reunites with an alienated rogue agent brother played by a different professional wrestler, John Cena.


The script tries too hard to give weight and input to family drama while tightening credibility in a way that does more harm than good no matter how tempting the idea is to provide a protagonist who never closes the role of family in conflict with his bloodline. Disbelief is interrupted in various forms. The endless runway, which aims to increase the excitement of the action series, is easier to traverse than a character surrounded by loved ones (due to blood or something), not to mention that he has a brother in eight movies and 20+ years. The dynamism is hampered by its implementation, which includes several setbacks (brothers starring Vinnie Bennett and Finn Cole) that contribute to the middle, whose story and dialogue repeatedly stop the pace, one thing no one cares about here except for an explanation of how Han (Sung Kang) is still alive. Additional scenes, such as an escape involving Helen Mirren’s Queenie Shaw, seem to be simply giving the existing character something to do, which is a real car hunt. The return of Jordana Brewster’s Mia (Dominic Toretto’s brother and the wife of the late Paul Walker Brian) also doesn’t do much for the family’s soap opera or activities.

F9 it also happens to be a rare case where fan service is acceptable. Having said that, there are enough returning familiar faces, amusing camaraderie (Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris continue to support the players ’refereeing), global passage (the first act involves a crazy car hunt in the Central American jungle with some outrageously creative moments involving landmines), and doomsday scams, which draw attention on harder terrain. There have also been attempts to get to the beginning and the end (John Cena has about as many zipper pistols to launch himself across the city), usually stepping into the pit of presenting a sibling race more important and exciting than it is. Maybe it would register more if we either knew the brother existed, we weren’t nine movies, and we didn’t immerse the plot too much in the plot and failed characterization.

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Still, there is just enough adrenaline and determination to get uniquely wild with vehicles that are almost impossible to get away from feeling F9 is a waste of time. Sure, it desperately needs some cutting and a little nitrogen in the middle, but here are genuinely original ideas (no matter how ridiculous) as a reminder of how this series has nine films and why it can be the most refreshing and exciting of a contemporary franchise. F9 is yet another playground for playing with a wide variety of vehicles, which is awesome despite its occasional struggles. When it’s over, all you have to say is, “Yes, they did.” And they said, “fuck your physique” when you do that.

Flickering myth rating – Movie: ★ ★ ★ / Movie: ★ ★ ★

Robert Kojder is a member of the Chicago Film Critics Association and the Critics Choice Association. He is also a Flickering Myth review editor. Check here For new reviews, follow mine Twitter or Letterboxdor send an email to

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