Continuing from where we last saw Dom and his crew from Fast of the Furious, Dom (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), along with their son, live a quiet life far away from everything and everyone. But it is not long until Dom and Letty are visited by some old friends and are advised of a significant situation and new threat. While Dom and Letty wish for a new life of peace, it does not take them long until they decide to do the right thing and join the team once again to save the world.
But this time, Dom and the team are up against a threat unlike anything before. Leading the enemy is Jakob (John Cena), who we learn is Dom’s brother. Jakob is keen for revenge on Dom, and helping him behind the scenes is the returning villain Cipher (Charlize Theron), a cyber mastermind of many things relating to technology.
If you have seen the previous instalments, you will generally know what to expect- fast cars and insane, outrageous amounts of unrealistic action, which is mostly laughable. The film’s plot gets underway quickly and even introduces new elements to the franchise that audiences have never seen before, including flashbacks and dream sequences that provide greater detail and back story to leading characters.
The action, as stated above, is just downright crazy but fun. The stunts continue to impress and shock viewers with over the top action sequences, especially whenever the crew are driving fast cars. Sure, just about every moment is unbelievable in every way possible. Still, the latest instalment does not take itself seriously, and at points throughout the film, the characters even question how they are still alive given everything they have been through.
While the action sequences involving cars are all highly pleasing and fun, I was disappointed by any action that includes characters throwing kicks and punches. I found these scenes almost impossible to enjoy, given the rapid-paced filming style and close-ups. This was quite different to the long shots used for action sequences involving cars. While the plot moves at a good pace, like the action itself, it is not to be taken seriously. The plot this time is even thinner than ever before and has multiple gaps and plot holes in its story, including continuity issues. But again, this is a Fast and Furious movie; is anyone watching this film for the plot?
Overall, fans of the franchise will know in advance what to expect with this instalment- fast cars, thin plot, insane and unrealistic action sequences while remaining entertaining and brainlessly fun. The film successfully brings familiar faces to the screen and even introduces new characters who are also enjoyable to see. It is undoubtedly the next level when it comes to action, and the series proves yet again it can do anything wild to surprise its audiences. Unfortunately, the plot feels vague and crazy with questionable continuity, but let us face it, most people are not watching this film for the story. Fans should also stay for the end credits as they will be greeted with a furious moment which I found pretty positive. Fast & Furious 9 (2021) is Now Available on 4K UHD, Blu-ray & DVD!