Release Date: June , 2021 (Nigeria)
Directed By: Justin Lin
Produced By: Vin Diesel, Jeff Kirschenbaum, Justin Lin
Cast: Vin Diesel, John Cena, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Charlize Theron & Sung Kang
Awesome-o-metre : 6/10
F9 witnesses the return of most of main cast of the Fast & Furious franchise, with a couple of characters from its 3rd installment (Tokyo Drift) and continues in its absolute disregard of the laws of physics. The storyline is that Roman (Tyrese), Tej (Ludacris) and Ramsey (Emmanuel) approach Dom and Letty to ask for their help in retrieving an object which went down in a crash when Cipher (Theron) was extracted after having been apprehended by Mr. Nobody. The object turns out to be part of Aries, a device which can hack into any computer weapons system in the world. The object is retrieved, but taken by Jakob (Cena), Dom’s brother who leads a team of rogue agents.
So, we get a lot of flashbacks to explain the reason behind the enmity between Dom and Jakob, but most of the rest of the film is focused on getting the other part of Aries in order to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands.
In truth, the storyline is just an excuse to get into what F9 is truly about – great car chases, fist fights, wanton destruction of property, and of course, impossible stunts. They really took it to another level this time. Haba!!! I’m certain even Tom Cruise would see some of the sequences and ask… “Una no dey fear God?”
From the use of magnets to going beyond earthly bounds and a certain portrayal of Dom as the biblical Samson (minus the hair, of course) F9 delivers all that is expected of the Fast & Furious Franchise. There are several laughs too (largely due to Roman), with a few cameo appearances from non-core cast members, as well as the return of Han (Kang) (I guess you would have seen him in the Trailer, so this does not count as a spoiler).