Space. The last frontier. Apparently. It seems so. Justin Lin and the makers of this, the ninth feature of the Fast and Furious franchise. How a small decade flick featuring drag racers and stolen players for DVD transformed into one of the most acclaimed cinema films is among the most intriguing mysteries of the twenty-first century. Yet here we are. It’s said to be ten years and released to Dom Toretto and company. The place Lin is able to follow the story based on an original plotline that actually does send the Pontiac Fiero beyond the Earth’s space is not clear. To say that this was a riot isn’t doing justice to it.
It’s been four decades from the time F. Gary Grey delivered The Fate and the Furious and the memories are fading. “Fate” became the first movie in the series since the death from Paul Walker. It was the movie which brought in Charlize Theron’s Cipher and concluded with a battle against the actual glacier. Incorporating new writers as in Lin, Alfredo Botello and Daniel Case – F9 is less tangled and more easily absorbed. It’s a winning combo. There aren’t many films this year that be able to plough such a rote field and have such a huge budget. Every car in the screen is protected from total destruction even though a running gag has characters constantly commenting on the absence of harm that actual people face. The gag fails to quite work like many others however it is a great tone setting device.
The story opens with a cliche-saturated 1989. The young Dom (Vinnie Bennet) looks on in horror while his dad, Jack (J. D. Pardo) suffers an awful end by crashing from a particularly filthy race. He loses his temper while keeping his younger brother Jakob (Finn Cole) in check – Dom almost beats his father’s rival to death, earning himself an extended prison sentence as a result. While in prison that Dom realizes Jakob’s fault was the reason their father passed away. Blimey.
Now, fast forward to today where Dom (Vin Diesel) is living his most enjoyable retired lifestyle with Letty (an always grave-looking Michelle Rodriguez) and son Brian (James Ayoub). But the dream ends, however, it’s when Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Ludacris) and Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel) appear on the scene. To make a long tale short, there’s something that could lead to the destruction of everything that only Dom and the crew can stop the baddie who is behind it. The person could be Jakob (now: John Cena). Cipher’s back, too.
Aside from the melodramatic gurgling, There’s an almost orchestral quality to the way in which all that happens within the F9. There’s certainly plenty of drums. The effect is similar to watching magic. but you’re sure it’s not however, at the time it could be. The highlights here are the scene where an automobile defies gravity in order to climb a rope bridge, which has been cut and hangs in a vertical position. It’s fun to play with electromagnets and characters who return after a long absence, and also the hilariously straight moment when Dom takes out a postcard which we’re told that he’s carried around for 15 years. Lin shoots like a young child in a toy store and is a great match by directors Greg D’Auria, Dylan Highsmith, and Kelly Matsumoto. It’s the kind of film that needs three editors to weave it all together. Three editors and one could imagine the psychotherapist.
Every new stunt is the fresh rush of petrol-infused adrenaline. It’s entertainment through submission and almost irresistible. The stakes may were never higher, but the energy and grit of the original film have not changed. It’s just about. There’s a charm in the cast as well as the humor is enough to keep things fun. That’s not even the scene that features Helen Mirren’s cameo. Who could ask for more?