F9: The Fast Saga is faster, more furious, and more action-packed with a heart felt story to boot. It is a true love letter to the franchise fans. Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.
F9: The Fast Saga is the newest film from the Fast & Furious franchise and is coming to theaters this Friday, June 25th. The franchise has become sort of a phenomenon with a huge fan base and a story which began with humble roots, driving fast cars and stealing DVDs, and has transitioned to a spy/heist thriller. Director Justin Lin, who hasn’t been a part of the franchise since Fast & Furious 6, returns for this sequel to deliver a film for the fans. Check out the details in my parents guide movie review.
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F9: The Fast Saga Parents Guide
In F9: The Fast Saga, Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) is living the quiet life off the grid with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) and his son, but they know that danger always lurks just over the peaceful horizon. This time, that threat forces Dom to confront the sins of his past to save those he loves most. His crew soon comes together to stop a world-shattering plot by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they’ve ever encountered — Dom’s forsaken brother (John Cena).
F9: The Fast Saga Age Appropriate Parents Guide
Lets take a look at what parents need to know before letting their kids to watch F9: The Fast Saga.
Language: F9: The Fast Saga contains some harsh language with profanity used throughout, words include: a**, dumba**, b*tch, sh*t, d*mn, hell and prick. I was pleasantly surprised the F-word was not used in the film.
Mature Content: As you can imagine, F9: The Fast Saga is very violent with shootouts that leave some characters dead, car crashes that kill characters, explosions, dangerous driving, stunts, and more. There is a scene in which a character is beaten with a tool, although the beating is not shown on camera but implied. There is discussion of the death of a mother, which could be triggering for some kids. Alcohol consumption, especially Corona beer, is shown being consumed by characters. Robbings and shootouts are a common occurence in the film and characters are often shown in peril.
The truth is F9: The Fast Saga never really needed to exist. It seems like with each sequel the franchise gets crazier, faster, and more furious with more ridiculous situations after another. And it is this over-the-top zaniness which appeals to fans of the franchise and has them flocking to theaters for more. Which is why I say, the F9 sequel is a true love letter to those fans who show up for the intense car chases and end up leaving with a bit more, a heart felt story.
John Cena joins the ensemble in F9: The Fast Saga and it pays off, as the franchise was begging for some new blood to join the ranks as it is highly unlikely we will see Dwayne Johnson back as Luke Hobbs. Cena brings the personality and charisma to the film, something we often see Diesel lacking in, and he often outshines in scenes where the duo share the screen. Charlize Theron returns as Cypher, the woman who mudered Dom’s baby momma. There is just something magical that happens when Theron takes on these villainous roles and while she didn’t receive a massive amount of screen time, her presence added to the excitment of the film. Fans will also see some cameos from the Fast & Furious past, including Gal Gadot as deceased Gisele in a flashback.
While F9: The Fast Saga is all about the action, viewers will also enjoy the comedic breaks provided by Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris. The banter between Gibson and Ludacris is spot on and although at times, the two are placed in far-fetched situations, the outrageousness is often pulled off by interjections of their funny quips. Director Justin Lin also does an amazing job at balancing the absurdity in the film, like sending a Pontiac into space, with the melodramatic.
F9: The Fast Saga runs 2 1/2 long, the longest film in the franchise, and while viewers are kept engaged with the story and nonstop action, the length was felt. The sequel introduces new characters and delves into an intricate backstory of Dom and his brother Jakob, so a lengthier film is understandable but I do not have to approve of it. I have preached before of this lengthy movie run time trend and I will continue to do so until Hollywood starts paying attention. With the next two Fast and Furious films reportedly already in the works, I am wondering if the writers think the only way to top the previous entries is to extend the length of the chases and explosions, perhaps we will see a 3 hour Fast film next!