Does a so-called summer film have to be brain dead? I do not believe it. But then I don’t believe in the absurd happenings in F9, part of what is now called The quick saga. The series that started in 2001 with an action thread called. started The Fast and the Furious, gets more absurd with every new entry, leaves its original premise (about illegal street races) behind and turns into a mishmash of car chases, night-and-dagger operations, spectacular explosions and violent fight scenes. People die but reappear intact, like Wile E. Coyote after falling off a cliff. Incoherence prevails.
In the last few episodes of the series, Vin Diesel primarily preached the gospel of the family. In this entry, we look back in time to learn the events that shaped the fate of Dominic Toretto (Diesel) and his brother who, in my opinion, has never been mentioned before.
I couldn’t provide a recap of this two hour and twenty five minute film if I wanted to (and I don’t). The spoilers I carefully avoid when writing a review cannot give away a scenario that is so empty. A couple of casting cameos made me smile, but even they aren’t enough of a reward for getting through such a ridiculous movie. Director Justin Lin, who made the leap from indie writer to big time filmmaker with this series, is credited with the script along with Daniel Casey from a story they developed with Alfredo Botello. Let’s just say I won’t wait for the released version.