After a few big box office weekends, the family is coming home.
The Fast and Furious saga is set to wrap up after two more movies in Fast 10 and Fast 11, but Fast 9 is still in theaters, just cresting $600 million worldwide in box office receipts. That's not as big as past efforts, but impressive considering half of the world is still in Covid lockdown.
If you haven't seen it yet, you won't have to leave your house to do it after tomorrow, July 30, when the blockbuster hit comes to video on demand services. We're guessing it will command a premium over your normal rental.
F9 was supposed to come out in 2020, but was delayed until June 25 this year in the US because of the pandemic. It's opening weekend take of $70 million beat A Quiet Place Part II and was the best debut since Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker. The series has taken over all of pop culture, including the Rocket League video game.
If you somehow haven't seen the trailer, we'll give you a quick rundown of the story without spoiling anything. Basically, the villain from Fast 8 (or Fate of the Furious), recruits Dominic Toretto's (Vin Diesel) brother, who we conspicuously haven't heard about until now, to take down the Fast family. Chaos ensues, Han returns in a sweet Toyota Supra, and we get to see some ridiculous stunts, as expected.
We saw the movie, and though its run time is really long at 2 hours, 25 minutes, we found it more enjoyable than about half of the movies. It's not as good as Fast Five, which we put in our top spot, and it's not as ridiculous as Fast and Furious Seven, which has them becoming near-invincible super heroes.
What we love about these movies is that they don't take themselves too seriously. The actors, and characters, seem to understand the absurdity of it all, and sometimes even comment on it during the film. We'll note here that there is a Marvel-like after-credits scene, so stay around for that. And feel free to give us your honest reviews in the comments.
If you're still bored this weekend, be sure to check out The Grand Tour's Lochdown on Amazon. It also goes live Friday.