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Fast & Furious 9 - Five Reasons You'll Love It
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Fast & Furious 9 - Five Reasons You'll Love It

It's been four years since we've seen Dominic Torreto and his crew in action, the longest gap in the franchise's history. 

Part of that was by design, with franchise branching out and pausing to accommodate the arrival in 2019 of spin-off Hobbs And Shaw, and part was enforced. This new movie, the ninth in the series, should have been in cinemas in the spring of 2020, but then Covid got in the way. 

The new film sees Justin Lin, who has overseen four of the franchise's previous movies, back behind the camera, but regular writer Chris Morgan had been working on Hobbs and Shaw, so Daniel Casey this time provides the script.

Cardi B, John Cena, Finn Cole, Anna Sawai and Vinnie Bennett have also been added to the roster for the new movie, while Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren, Ludacris and Nathalie Emmanuel all return. 

However, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Jason Statham, who led spin-off Hobbs and Shaw do not return for the new ride. 

In this film, the crew must face down Diesel's Dominic Torreto's forsaken brother, Cena's Jakob, billed as the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered.

To make matters worse, Jakob has teamed up with Cipher, their enemy from 2017's The Fate Of The Furious and the spoiled son of a murderous dictator to bankroll the whole thing. 

Fast & Furious 9 is released into UK cinemas on Thursday (June 24th) and will be available to pre-order on DVD later this week, but we caught an early screening and have rounded up five reasons why you'll love this explosive new epic...

 

The stunts are outrageous...

If you've followed the franchise from beginning to end or if you've just dipped in and out, then you'll know that the producers pride themselves on upping the ante each time with doing more and more ludicrous things with cars. This instalment is no different. It even goes intergalactic...

 

It's good fun...

This is not a short film, with a runtime of over two hours 20 minutes, but it zips along. There's not much downtime between action set-pieces, we're go, go go...

 

John Cena brings it...

Cena's best performances thus far have been in comedies, with a particular star turn in Blockers, but he delivers here in a more austere performance. He's physical, brooding and watching him and Vin Diesel go up against each other is quite something. 

 

We dip back into the past...

With a long-lost brother in the picture, you'd expect a little digging into the past, which is a new step for the franchise. Casey treats it with a light-tough and handles the jumps in time very well. 

 

It's a classic Fast & Furious movie...

With Lin back behind the camera, he embraces all the things that have made the franchise so much fun. There's a vibrant hip-hop soundtrack, globe-trotting action and zippy dialogue. He's already committed to take the franchise's final two movies and it's in very safe hands. 

 

Fast & Furious 9 is released into UK cinemas on Thursday (June 24th) and will be available to pre-order on DVD later this week. 

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