The Fast & Furious saga has gone through many transformations, freeing itself after the work of physics or common sense to now regard itself as something spectacular. A definition that fits perfectly with Fast & Furious 9.

Who remembers when Fast and Furious just looked like a remake of Point Break with big, flashy cars loaded with nitro? A time when Vin Diesel could still give us more than three expressions and where the presence in the foreground of the late Paul Walker slowed the guy’s ego down a bit. Then Vinou went looking elsewhere, Justin Lin down to try to take the saga in another direction with Tokyo Drift to then get him back on the tracks at the same time as Diesel and Walker and, finally, make it take off in the best way possible. opus from the franchise: Fast and Furious 5, greatly helped by the massive arrival of Dwayne Johnson. A death, ego war and spin-off later, Vin Diesel is now alone on stage for the first episode of the closing trilogy: Fast & Furious 9.

Dom and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) now live a tidy life for the sake of young Brian, Dom’s son who was found in the previous episode. Until Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Ludacris) and Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel) land on the final mission in which Dom’s brother, Jakob (John Cena) will be involved. It doesn’t take much more to unite the gang and take on the most ruthless criminals while performing even crazier stunts.

For the rest, there’s nothing you’ll see in the film that the various trailers haven’t revealed (and it stops there if you don’t see anything), whether it’s the resolution of certain action scenes, the space streak and the return. fan favorite character Han (Sung Kang). We’re not going to lie to each other, it’s a huge frustration not to find this element of fan service on the big screen so our reactions won’t be the same. We can blame a lot of things on Avengers: Endgame, but the promotion keeps us at our best for the ending they say.

For his return behind the camera after a two-episode hiatus, Justin Lin has decided to marry what has become a story – and for which he is one of the main culprits – and fully assume whatever it is. Worse (or better to your taste), he integrates into the scenario that he co-wrote this massacre as a rule of common sense. Subtlety and Fast & Furious never get along well, here the former is explicitly slaughtered in general indifference.

Just look at Roman’s repeated comments about their team being unbeaten, realizing that they always achieve the impossible without a scratch. A joke on the verge of breaking the fourth wall, as if the director and screenwriter anticipated our reaction to a car going into space or Dom crushing concrete foundations with just the strength of his arm. If you find that Dwayne Johnson parrying a torpedo with one hand lacks credibility, you’re not ready for Fast & Furious 9.

Lin thus assumes that in the ninth feature film, the audience has definitely placed his trust in the closet and that he no longer has to worry about consistency. History based on technological threats? We don’t understand anything and we don’t care. The return of a dead character? The explanation couldn’t be more wrong, but we accept it. The presence of Mia (Jordana Brewster) without Brian? Does not matter. The arrival of a brother we have never heard of? At the point where we are…

The feature film transcends all boundaries the saga has never crossed, whether in terms of spectacular action or Deus Ex Machina. Nothing else matters, except giving us a lot of money, if that’s what you want. At this point, it’s impossible to know what Dom has in store for the last two films in the franchise, but we can really expect something.

A shadow hangs over this ghastly delirium (in the good sense, as in the bad sense of the term): Vin Diesel’s shadow. The star, as well as the producer of the franchise, continues to want to be the only master on board with seriousness in conflict with his surroundings.

As a result, Fast and Furious 9 is undoubtedly the saddest work of the saga. If the flashbacks to Dom and Jakob’s youth are rather interesting, they mainly highlight the weaknesses of Diesel and Cena’s play vis–vis their young incarnations, Vinnie Bennett and Finn Cole. Back in the present, it’s all too serious, too heavy, around this mono-expressive Dom and poor Letty struggling with three lines of poorly written dialogue. How sad to see the main actor not having fun becausehe actually played Tarzan with the car; where all her friends, Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron lead, having fun.

So Fast & Furious 9 hit the gas pedal full of its own absurdity, it’s a shame to see that its star is the only one hitting the brakes, as if he still believes in the seriousness of the company. Relax Dom and do like us, take Corona every time you talk about family.

By D14N