Fast 9: The Reviews Roll In – Here’s a Summary
Written by Alex Harrington

We here at Sung’s Garage are so happy to watch the positive reviews of Fast 9 roll in. Of course, not all the reviews are positive, but we’re delighted to see that the majority are after its release to everywhere bar the US (sorry guys, you haven’t got long to wait).

Not only were film-goers excited to see the Fast Franchise pushing the limits of stunts and driving, to the point where the family even goes to space(!), you were thrilled to see Dom Toretto’s (Vin Diesel) rich history being explored from far before even the first film, The Fast and the Furious. Plus, with the reveal of Dom’s long lost brother Jacob, played by John Cena, and a comeback from fan favourite Sung Kang as Han, there were plenty of new stories to dig into.

Flying cars, brotherly rivalry, and the return of the big bad Cipher? What’s not to love? So, let’s get into the reviews.

Variety

While putting their main focus on the short sequence that takes the Fast Family out to space, this review from Variety is positive overall, stating that the first big stunt is “ludicrous”, and that it has earned the right to explore the history of the character’s pasts.

“Sometimes, when you least expect it, a successful franchise will essentially morph into a different series. Over time, the “Mission: Impossible” films became Bond films. The “Fast and Furious” films have become “Mission: Impossible” films. But “F9” isn’t constructed around an exciting mission. It’s built around Vin Diesel and John Cena playing out the angst from the Toretto brothers’ past. The family plot “works” (even as you’re aware of how thinly written Cena’s character is), but it’s not enough of an anchor; it’s more like an excuse. This series didn’t need more “heart.” It needed everyone onscreen to get up to speed.”

IndieWire

IndieWire praises director Justin Lin for not only taking the franchise, but running with it. Where the films have reached incredible heights in regards to storyline and stunts, many didn’t realise it could be pushed even further, but Justin Lin has pulled it out the bag.

“… with “F9” Lin returns to the driver’s seat to steer “F&F” back onto solid ground. Only this time, he isn’t trying to jump-start a stalled race car so much as regain command of a runaway freight train the size of the Chrysler Building. Once again, Lin gets the job done not by slamming on the brakes, but rather by speeding things up to such a ridiculous extreme that the velocity starts to hold everything in place.”

Screen Daily

There’s one quote that summarises Screen Daily’s whole review: “Laughs in the face of physics and common sense.” Yep.

“To criticise the Fast And Furious pictures for being preposterous is probably foolish: if anything, the recent sequels have happily embraced Dom & his crew’s logic-defying antics. (In fact, F9 includes a self-mocking joke in which Roman marvels at the increasingly daunting vehicles and vessels they’ve battled, including that hulking submarine in The Fate Of The Furious.) Lin, who cowrote the screenplay, has no intention of slowing things down now, laughing in the face of physics and common sense as cars swing through the air as if they were Spider-Man or zoom through a landmine-strewn field so fast that the detonators can’t go off in time.”

The Wrap

This review treats the film as it should be treated – fun – with the outlet summing up their review with the following: “Physics, gravity, and logic in general have long since been thrown out the window, but the jolts of pleasure keep coming.”

“For audiences who want their 2021 return to the multiplex to deliver big, loud, exciting action, “F9” makes the cars go fast, jump high, and generally do the impossible. It’s exhilaratingly ridiculous, yes, but it’s also ridiculously exhilarating.”

The Hollywood Reporter

Not all reviews are positive in life, but these negative reactions can be absorbed critically by those behind Fast and Furious and used to understand how fans feel, what they want, and how the franchise can improve. There is never good without bad, so we had to include a negative review in this outline.

“It sets Dom’s crew in a race to find the other half of that world-controlling weapon before Thanos — I mean, Jacob — does, and, when they fail, it asks them to stop Jacob before he can power it up. That’s where the space travel comes in, and really, the less said about that, the better. Suffice it to say that the car jumping from skyscraper to skyscraper to skyscraper in Furious 7 was a lot more fun.

And, not that anyone cares, but it was more believable as well.”

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