The Fast Saga ‘will hopefully be the last saga


I love car chases, car crashes, and unique special effects. I’ve seen all of the “The Fast and The Furious” movies and really enjoyed them, marveling at how the stunts were created and performed. But “F9: The Fast Saga”, yes, it’s fast, but not much else.

“F9” is full of chases and crashes, but lacks special effects and unique storylines.

Cipher (Charlize Theron) calls on Jakob Toretto (John Cena), the younger brother of Dom Toretto, to get revenge on Dom (Vin Diesel) and his team. Jakob dislikes Dom’s dominance and thinks Dom was his father’s favorite son.

Older siblings are usually dominant, but that’s no reason to try and murder them. It would make more sense if Dom tried to kill Jakob, since Dom blames Jakob for their father’s death. Why Dom doesn’t just shoot Cipher is beyond my imagination. There are several times he could.


The writing is horrible, there is no story to tell. Daniel Casey and Justin Lin wrote the screenplay and Lin directed. The writers didn’t suspend my disbelief at all. I was bored.

Usually when you watch the “Fast and The Furious” movies you wonder if they really pull off all those stunts and car crashes or if they are deceptive photographs, but these scenes are always thrilling. I’ve always loved the imaginative things they do with their cars. In “F9” there is so much action that it got boring, because the action was not imaginative or unique. It was a “let’s show how many cars we can destroy” mentality at work.


The usual cast were back, Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez as Letty and Jordana Brewster as Mia Toretto. Helen Mirren as Queenie and Kurt Russell as “Mr. Nobody” makes cameo appearances.

I can’t comment on the acting as there weren’t enough actors to notice it. Acting has always taken precedence over the stunts of the “Fast and The Furious” franchise.

I miss Paul Walker. He has always been a treat for female audiences and made the first six “The Fast and The Furious” movies more logical.

The series “The Fast and The Furious” is 20 years old and really needs to be retired, although “F10” is in the works with a different screenwriter. I hope he has more imagination than the writers of “F9”.

PG-13 rated “F9: The Fast Saga” is playing at NCG Cinema-Alton, AMC CLASSIC Eastgate 6, AMC Edwardsville 12 and Granite City Cinema. I give “F9” zero stars. Instead, check out “Peter Rabbit 2” or “In the Heights”.

Film critic Mary Cox lives in Wood River and studied film at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has worked in Los Angeles with various directors and industry professionals. Contact Mary at mary.cox@edwpub.net.


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