Dominic Toretto leads a quiet life with Letty and his son Brian, but a new danger is always around. This time, Dominic will have to face the ghosts of the past if he wants to save those closest to him. The team comes together again to prevent a daring plan to take over the world from the most dangerous criminal and reckless driver they’ve ever encountered. The situation is complicated by the fact that this man is the brother of Dominic Jacob, who was expelled from the family many years ago.
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Each new part of ‘Fast and the Furious’ not only consistently collects a decent box office, but over and over again surprises the viewer with new tricks and madness happening on the screen. What the team of Dominic Toretto did not do and what laws of physics did not break, and still the creators always find something to surprise. The ninth film of the franchise was no exception in this regard, although in terms of the level of drive it still did not reach the previous part.
In the storyline, everything is as usual – a new threat to all of humanity looms on the horizon, and the next bad guy is Toretto’s younger brother, Jacob, played by John Cena. However, ‘played’ is strongly said, but more on that later. And now we need to make an important clarification. The ninth ‘Fast and the Furious’ tries to immerse himself in the personality of Dominic, making him a more prominent character (like his newfound brother), which means that the viewer will have constant flashbacks and serious family conversations. And this is not the kind of content that you expect from Fast and the Furious, especially when it is served on the most serious cabbage soup without a bit of self-irony. Because of this, the narrative sags, the dynamics falls, and the attraction turns into some kind of stuffy melodrama. Any other film could be commended for trying to reveal the characters and their past, but here it just doesn’t work, it’s not fun to watch.
With the action, everything is as always good, but at the same time, personally, I still lacked some kind of ‘wow’. Yes, the action is quite inventive, there is a lot of it, but in one form or another we have already seen all this before, and you will hardly surprise anyone with overturning armored vehicles, as well as the ‘fem-power’ battle scene. By the way, this time ‘Fast and the Furious’ lives up to its name – there are really a lot of pursuits in the film.
Moving on to characters and caste. In the ninth film, some of the heroes from the previous parts returned – Mia, Han, Sean, but they didn’t make much of the weather, just a nice fan service, nothing more. Minor characters like Roman and Tezh, as always, delight with their spontaneity, and the lion’s share of humor rests precisely on them. But the absence of Rock and Statham disappointed – the film clearly lacked their charisma. Vin Diesel himself played the role of furniture, even though the plot of the ninth film is more personal for his character. There is practically no energy from Diesel, and his attempts at acting cannot be taken seriously. Roughly the same can be said about John Cena, but at least some kind of living light is burning in his eyes.
Verdict: ‘Fast and the Furious 9’ is still a bright and cheerful action that sincerely tries to amaze the viewer, but with varying degrees of success. However, if you do not often watch blockbusters-attractions, then ‘Fast and Furious 9’ will surely leave a vivid impression. The rest is a standard project for the franchise, with everything that fans love the series for.
Codec: HEVC / H.265 (46.6 Mb/s)
Resolution: Upscaled 4K (2160p)
HDR: Dolby Vision, HDR10+
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0