Only one film opens at South African cinemas this weekend, and it's the ninth entry in the Fast & Furious franchise: F9.
F9 (Fast and Furious 9)
Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) is living a quiet life off the grid with Letty 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).
“There are many interesting aspects of this storyline that are going to surprise our audience and unravel more of the identity of the characters that they’re so familiar with,” Diesel says. “For Dom to be a father in the truest sense, he has to go and revisit his past.”
It was an original, innovative idea that convinced writer-producer-director Justin Lin to return to the Fast & Furious franchise for his fifth turn behind the camera with F9, a Fast homecoming that was joyful, but unexpected.”
“I never expected to come back,” says Lin, who had not directed the two most recent films but maintained his relationships with producer and star Vin Diesel and the Fast family. “I thought that the saga we had explored in the four films we had made together was it for me. But one morning I woke up and I was just inspired by the fact that there is something more to the Fast mythology that we should explore.
“What I love about the Fast franchise is that the films have never been the same story over and over again. They’re always moving forward. That’s great, but I thought there was an opportunity to create a film that took the eight previous films and put them together in a way that answered the big questions that Fast fans have wondered all these years, questions that have remained unanswered… until now.”
For Lin, F9 would once again push the boundaries of the hyper-real driving and fighting action that fans have come to expect, but it would also challenge the cast, most of whom have inhabited their characters for close to 20 years.
Directed by Lin, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Daniel Casey. It is the sequel to The Fate of the Furious (2017), the ninth main instalment and the 10th full-length film released overall in the Fast & Furious franchise. F9 also stars Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Helen Mirren, Kurt Russell and Charlize Theron.
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