Franchise patriarch Vin Diesel is back for more action as "Fast and Furious 9" aka "F9" opens in local cinemas today.
One of the driving forces behind the Fast films, Diesel has made it his mission to help bring fans bigger and better experiences.
As the film begins, Dominic Toretto (Diesel) is at a crossroads. Living on his farm with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) and taking care of Little Brian brings a wealth of new responsibilities. While Dom feels the weight of it all, Letty, too, is struggling in her new role.
Their relationship is feeling the strain and is thrown into further chaos with the arrival of Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel), Roman (Tyrese Gibson) and Tej (Chris "Ludacris" Bridges), who inform Dom and Letty that the plane of Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) has gone down in the Central American jungle with the notorious Cipher (Charlize Theron) in his custody. The team has come to Dom and Letty expecting the couple to join them and get back into the espionage game. Letty is up for it, but, to everyone's shock, Dom opts out.
Bold, over-the-top, hyper-real action has become the hallmark of every Fast film, and F9 ups the game yet again.
Producer Jeffrey Kirschenbaum said, "For every Fast film we follow what we call 'The Gattaca Rule' — leave nothing for the swim back. In other words, we approach every new Fast movie as though it were our last and we don't hold back on anything when it comes to coming up with new and inventive ways to integrate cars with action. Long story short—there is no such thing as too crazy or too big when it comes to Fast."
The goal with F9 was to surpass an already high standard of in-your-face fight choreography, and a key component to their approach was to shine a klieg light on the women of the franchise.
Rodriguez, Brewster and Sawai put in the hard work, logging in weeks of training with the stunt team.
"On a personal level, I've had to fight for a female voice most of my career. But the Fast films are a big part of my evolution in this industry and have provided me with the greatest opportunity to have a voice and to really shed light on the female perspective in action movies. In F9 there is a lot more respect and attention to that female voice," Rodriguez shared.
"We didn't know in 2019 when we were making the movie that it would be so needed to drive or to support the theatrical experience we've missed for so long. And no one could have predicted how much they longed for that theatrical experience that's like nothing else in the world where you can see a movie that warrants a whole audience all unified, cheering as one, engaged in the same story. That's the magic of Fast & Furious, and I'm proud of Universal for being so bold, because — man do we need it — and here it is... Fast 9! This is gonna be one that is so special to share," Diesel finally said.
F9 opens today in select cinemas from Universal Pictures International.