After slowly receiving more mixed reviews, the critical approval rating for F9: The Fast Saga on Rotten Tomatoes drops to a “Rotten” rating.
After slowly receiving more mixed reviews, the critical approval rating for F9: The quick saga on Rotten Tomatoes drops to a “Rotten” rating. The last chapter of the Fast Furious The series saw director Justin Lin return to the fold and bring Sung Kang’s Han Lue with him after it was believed he had been killed by Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw in Fast & Furious 6 / Tokyo Drift. The film also saw John Cena as the estranged brother of Dominic Toretto, master thief and assassin Jakob.
Han de Kang isn’t the only character returning to the fold as the story sees Dom and his crew forced to confront Charlize Theron’s cyberterrorist Cipher after the events of The fate of the furious. Finally released in theaters in the United States last weekend after several COVID-19-related delays, the film certainly helped revive the box office, grossing around $ 70 million, the first highest-grossing weekend since. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in December 2019. Unfortunately, although dollar signs are ringing in producers’ heads, critics aren’t singing the same level of praise.
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With initial reactions being very positive for the film, its overseas debut received a more mixed reception from critics. Although they initially opened a 67% “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, those who hit national theaters over the weekend shared their thoughts, and F9 Now officially sits at a “Rotten” rating of 59% on all reviews. Read the critical consensus below:
“F9 sends the franchise further than ever before, but director Justin Lin’s knack for absurd sets keeps the action buzzing. “
Since its inception in 2001, the Fast and furious the franchise has never been one to aim for critical heights, choosing instead to deliver consistently exciting, large-scale action sequences. That said, after its first four poorly received releases, the series began to turn the tide with Fast Five, obtaining its first “Certified Fresh” score of 77%. This positive tidal change continued Fast & Furious 6 obtained a score of 70% “Fresh”, furious 7 a “Certified Fresh” 82%, and both Destiny and Hobbs & Shaw landing “Fresh” 67% of ratings.
The writing certainly appeared on the wall starting with Destiny, who couldn’t come close to the emotional, high-octane running of James Wan furious 7. That being said, the eighth installment was always able to keep things from feeling just the right amount of ridiculous while still delivering the soapy melodrama fans have come to expect from the franchise, which makes reviews inferior to F9: The quick saga a little disappointing for some. With only two main installments remaining in the series, one can only hope that the Creative Powers learn from the mistakes of the last films and find a way to deliver better final chapters of the franchise.
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