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Movie Monday: Fast & Furious 9 (2021)

Fast and Furious 9, or as it is called F9, stars Vin Diesel as Dom Toretto, Michelle Rodriguez as Letty Ortiz, Tyrese Gibson as Roman Pearce, and Lin as co-writer and director. Ludacris plays tej Parker, John Cena plays Dom's brother Jakob Toretto, Jordana Brewster plays Mia Toretto, Nathalie Emmanuel plays Ramsey, and Sung Kang plays Han Lue. Helen Mirren played Magdalene Shaw, Kurt Russell plays Mr. Nobody and Charlize Theron as Fast & Furious 8 villain Cipher.

Over the course of eight sequels, the franchise has grown more ambitious, with action sequences more closely mirroring the globe-trotting Mission: Impossible flicks. The expanding breadth of the films has resulted in more inventive plot lines and vehicle chases, and moviegoers have continued coming back for more.

Fast & Furious 9 could be the franchise's most daring addition ever. Not only is this the film in which Vin Diesel and his pals launch into space, but it also contains multiple scenes with some really powerful electromagnets. In addition, fast and Furious 9 elevates the stakes in the family drama that drives so much of the action by introducing a secret flesh-and-blood Torretto. Even for a series that used the amnesia card years before, Jakob's abrupt emergence may be too much of a retcon. However, extensive flashbacks to a formative event in Dom and Jakob's early lives (with the younger Torrettos played ably by Vinnie Bennett and Finn Cole, respectively) effectively lays the groundwork, establishing an irreparable rivalry between the two while giving us a rare glimpse into the events that turned Dom into a mechanical messiah.

Sung Kang reprises his role as Han in this film after appearing in Furious Seven (2015) but only through archive footage.

Fast & Furious 9 is chasing Fast & Furious 8's $1.01 billion international gross, $226 million in North America, and $1.24 billion worldwide. Fast 7 (which said goodbye to Paul Walker's character) brought in the franchise's greatest haul to date in 2015: $1.16 billion overseas, $353 million in North America, and $1.52 billion overall.


Release Date: June 25, 2021

Ratings: 5.2 ratings on IMDb

62% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Movie Budget: $200 million+

Global Box office: over $292 million

Watch at AMC Theaters

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