Fast and Furious 9, also stylized as F9, is the latest installment in the much loved action franchise. The 10th movie in the series is on course for a 160 million dollar debut outside North America. The film has opened in eight overseas markets, including China and North Korea.
In China alone, the Justin Lin directorial has crossed the 100 million dollar mark. It’s the biggest opening for a Hollywood movie since the pandemic hit. Lin has also penned the script with Daniel Casey.
Release Date In The Rest Of The World And Cast
In most markets, including its domestic market North America, F9 would not hit theatres until June 25, 2021. Apart from Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges And John Cena. Additionally, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sung Kang, Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron also star in the latest franchise.
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Fast And Furious 9 Reviews Are Mixed, Mostly Negative
F9 has not had a good critical reception so far. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a dismal 33 per cent rating.
South China Morning Post’s James Marsh wrote, “Now Fast & Furious has delivered its very own Moonraker, an overblown and shambolic pastiche of former glories and franchise callbacks that long outstays its welcome”.
“It’s exhilaratingly ridiculous, yes, but it’s also ridiculously exhilarating,” Alonso Duralde’s positive review for The Wrap read.
Variety‘s critic Owen Gleiberman called the movie a ‘less furious sequel’ in the action series. “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,” read a section of the review.
The Hollywood Reporter writer John Defore dismissed F9 in his take of the movie. He wrote, “As in Lin’s last feature, the disappointing Star Trek Beyond, the director/cowriter takes a quantity-over-quality approach, throwing more action, subplots and characters into the mix than any movie needs while still leaving one with the sense that something’s missing. The maximalist strategy makes even less sense considering the simple idea at this episode’s heart: Dom has a brother his pals don’t know about; a tragedy in their youth separated them; and now he’s a bad guy.”
Some Positive Reviews
Indiewire‘s critic David Ehrlich was more benevolent in his review of the actioner as he mentioned, “If F9 works — and it does, at least by the time the Coronas are popped open — it’s because Lin still understands how these movies have come to work best as feature-length dolly zooms that push in on Dom’s vulnerability by widening out to an inhuman scale. This is, by FAR, the biggest, wildest, gravity-defying-iest Fast and Furious installment yet (one scene towards the end is guaranteed to make your jaw drop at the gloriously braindead chutzpah of it all), and yet Lin and Daniel Casey’s screenplay is only able to stretch the action to such farcical heights because it offsets that spectacle by drilling into Dom’s character on a deeper level than the franchise ever has before”.
Screen Daily‘s Tim Grierson had positive things to say about F9. “Gloriously ludicrous and stridently melodramatic, F9 is fuelled by its own goofy energy, delivering comically grandiose chase sequences and shameless fan service all in the name of giving audiences an uncomplicated good time. Over the years, the Fast And Furious films have transformed from modest car-centric action flicks into full-blown supersized spy thrillers that could compete with Mission: Impossible, never losing their sense of humour along the way. And director Justin Lin, taking the reins for the first time since 2013’s Fast & Furious 6, handily balances the agonisingly sombre proclamations about family with the outlandish action set pieces, although this latest instalment suffers from the inevitable diminishing returns inherent when a franchise constantly tries to top itself.” He opined.