It seems like it was only yesterday that the guy with the cool voice and the very iconic sci-fi eyes from the cult horror flick Pitch Black (Vin Diesel), and his extremely charismatic and unknown co-lead (Paul Walker), were paired up in "buddy cop" fashion from Ron Cohen, the director of the live-action movie where Sean Connery voices a dragon (Dragonheart), to tackle the basic plot backdrop of Kathryn Bigelow's ever-enduring cult masterpiece and pre-Speed Keanu Reeves and post-Ghost Patrick Swayze lead Point Break, and through the lens of the hot new thing at the time — street racing.
Frankly, there's no way this movie should have worked. And yet, Time Out Top Critic via Rotten Tomatoes summed it up perfectly—
It doesn't matter that we know where it's going, what counts is that Cohen keeps his pedal to the floor and that his actors gun their lines with absolute conviction. Loud cars, fast music: this movie knows exactly what it's about.
What began as a story about una familia on the streets of the city of angels pulling local jobs to make ends meet, turned into an international good vs evil, Saturday-morning-cartoon-style saga whose climactic moments always come down to driving like physics selectively can't touch us.
But be that as it may, the saga is hands down one of the most entertaining blockbusters to grace screens of any size, and this new trailer has us revving our engines while we impatiently await the green light for its release, pandemic willing, this June.
Until then, catch up on The Fast Saga on DIRECTV. Full F9 synopsis after the gallery.
Catch up on The Fast Saga on DIRECTV
No matter how fast you are, no one outruns their past.
F9 is the ninth chapter in the Fast & Furious Saga, which has endured for two decades and has earned more than $5 billion around the world.
Vin Diesel’s Dom Toretto is leading a quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, little Brian, but they know that danger always lurks just over their peaceful horizon. This time, that threat will force Dom to confront the sins of his past if he’s going to save those he loves most. His crew joins together to stop a world-shattering plot led by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered: a man who also happens to be Dom’s forsaken brother, Jakob (John Cena, the upcoming The Suicide Squad).
F9 sees the return of Justin Lin as director, who helmed the third, fourth, fifth and sixth chapters of the series when it transformed into a global blockbuster. The action hurtles around the globe—from London to Tokyo, from Central America to Edinburgh, and from a secret bunker in Azerbaijan to the teeming streets of Tbilisi. Along the way, old friends will be resurrected, old foes will return, history will be rewritten, and the true meaning of family will be tested like never before.
The film stars returning cast members Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jordana Brewster, and Sung Kang, with Oscar® winner Helen Mirren, with Kurt Russell and Oscar® winner Charlize Theron. F9 also features Grammy-winning superstar Cardi B as new franchise character Leysa, a woman with a connection to Dom’s past, and a cameo by Reggaeton sensation Ozuna.
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