In these dark times dominated by endless strings of sequels and franchises exploited to exhaustion For a film industry that has stopped betting with a minimum of risk to play it safe, the only thing left to this type of productions to keep its appeal as intact as possible is to adhere as much as possible to that saying that urges “renewed or die”.

This has been especially visible in the evolution of the saga started by ‘Full throttle’ in 2001. Over the last two decades, the kind of apocryphal remake of ‘They call him Bodhi’ has ended up leading to a fate from exploit from ‘Mission: Impossible’ which found its turning point in the fifth installment; coming into a dynamic in which logic and the laws of physics were relegated to a second – or third, if you hurry me – plane in pursuit of the most mindless and refreshing show.


After temporarily yielding his seat to James Wan and F. Gary Gray, Justin Lin has once again taken the wheel of the odyssey of Dominic Toretto and company in a ‘Fast & Furious 9’ that, although it may seem impossible, has managed to go a step further in terms of levels of absurdity, excess, and melodrama worthy of a Venezuelan telenovela. But most surprising of all, once again, this impossible cocktail of four-wheel action works like a charm. a model blockbuster to enjoy leaving every last gram of gray matter at the doors of the cinema.

Fast, furious, and deliciously mindless

After dragging a vault anchored to two cars through Rio de Janeiro, stopping runaway tanks in the middle of a highway, flying between skyscrapers aboard a supercar, and surviving a nuclear submarine attack on an icy wasteland, it was hard to hope that a new ‘Fast & Furious’ could raise the bar even higher for savagery; But if the franchise has taught us anything, it is to expect the unexpected.

At this point, the least we could ask of ‘Fast & Furious 9’ was to start from a sensible premise, well founded and with our feet on the ground; and it must be recognized that, in this regard, it has not disappointed at all. Following in the wake of its direct predecessor, ‘F9’ is built on a new cybercriminal nonsense brimming with apocalyptic devices, ruthless hackers and secret organizations The ones that only our favorite street racers turned super spies can stand up to.

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Faced with this plot syndium, which could seem repetitive after the remarkable ‘The Fate of the Furious’, the feature film is committed to partially redirecting its gaze to the past; exploring the background of the Toretto family through a series of flashbacks – shot in 35mm for the joy and enjoyment of my retinas – that work like a charm and that add a little more density to the universe of the saga and the specific weight of the family theme that defines it.

But, to be completely honest, we have not come here expecting a master class on dramaturgy, but to enjoy a summer entertainment with a sense of the ridiculous inversely proportional to its rates of joke and destruction. Of course, these wishes are fully satisfied by some set pieces that, with the permission of the main group, are the true soul of a party that is a small rung below ‘Fast & Furious 8’ in terms of rhythm and adrenaline; the aforementioned flashbacks and the necessary exposure scenes being largely to blame for it.

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It was very, very difficult to overcome pieces like the car rain in Manhattan or the climax in Russia, but ‘F9’ manages to provide a good handful of truly mind-blowing moments – or mind-blowing ones, I’m not too sure about it. integrated into action sequences enriched by four key elements: precise and effective planning and editing, a successful combination of practical and visual effects, an exemplary use of causality and the escalation of obstacles in the narrative, and character dynamics for to frame.

With nine films behind them, it is normal for Vin Diesel and the rest of the team to have their roles fully internalized, but this does not make less praiseworthy the chemistry that a cast exudes that finds in Nathalie Emmanuel their true MVP. And, despite missing the Hobbs and Shaw of Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham; Ludacris, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and other members of the family have reached levels of complicity that shine, especially in Choral setpieces that at this point have little to envy those of Joss Whedon’s Avengers in their management of humor and collaboration between heroes.

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Kirk Lazarus, the character of Robert Downey Jr. in ‘Tropic Thunder’ said that of “Never go full retard”. Well, with ‘Fast & Furious 9’ the line of complete idiocy has been widely surpassed for, after an impossible pirouette, end up landing on their feet after balancing themselves with self-awareness and meta tinkering that casts doubt on the very nature of the franchise. Because this has long ceased to be normal action cinema to enter fully into the field of superheroes without capes, masks, or superpowers; and that’s the bomb.

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