Many fans were fretting when Paul Walker was unexpectedly killed that this ubër successful franchise would suffer and fan favorites would become a distant memory. Needless to say, as we near the second to last installment, Fast & Furious is anything but done.
In F9, Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) disappears in a plane crash along with Cipher (Charlize Theron). Dom (Vin Diesel) and his cohorts decide to investigate, which kicks off a chase and ends with the adult Jakob (John Cena) stealing half of a MacGuffin which unlocks every computer in the world as he drives off a cliff only to be caught mid-air by Cipher’s magnetized fighter jet. That’s just the first 20 minutes old and Lin is just warming up.
We pick up in 1989 with a slight backstory involving the Toretto brothers losing their beloved patriarch ulitmately shaping each of them in unimaginable ways hoping to act some point make peace with the past in order to want hope for the future.
Cut to present day where Roman (Tyrese Gibson) and Tej (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges), who’ve been trading barbs the whole film, are now behind the wheel of a red Pontiac Fiero aka rocket launcher hitched to the back of a space shuttle preparing to send them into orbit. Yup…you heard me right. As hysterical and entertaining as it is to watch a chocolate version of Abbott and Costello with candy wrappers flying around, it just feels kind of ridiculous.
Having said that Justin Lin’s returns to the director driver’s seat gets the job done speeding things up to a ridiculous extreme somehow holding everything in place with insane stunts and cameos coupled with a pure fire soundtrack. Shoutout to the stunt folks and composer Brian Tyler!
As a fan, I can tell you that they have upped their stunt game yet again zip lining over enormous bodies of water, navigating land mines, mind-blowing aerial stunts under planes and some Nascar style driving by a Dame. At the end of the day, fans of the franchise won’t care how much cars in space lunacy exists, Fast & Furious 9 delivers on the thrills, mouth dropping stunts and the gang getting back together to prove no one outruns their past without it eventually catching up to you when this Universal Pictures $200 million action packed flick hits theaters on June 25th.