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The ninth episode of "Fast and Furious" has received a stamp of quality from the Cannes Film Festival and actresses have won Oscars and will also break box offices of course, but let us comment: it has bad actors and ridiculous flashbacks, and with slow spaceships instead of fast cars, it's no longer clear



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More nervous, less fast: "Fast and Furious 9" empties the series of hits of content

The ninth episode of "Fast and Furious" has received a stamp of quality from the Cannes Film Festival and actresses have won Oscars and will also break box offices of course, but let us comment: it has bad actors and ridiculous flashbacks, and with slow spaceships instead of fast cars, it's no longer clear

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Avner Shavit

Friday, 18 June 2021, 09:30 Updated: 11:11

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Trailer for the movie "Fast and Furious 9" (Tulip Media)

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The cinemas opened in our area about a month ago, and the public seems to have missed it: the audience, according to reports and the impression on the ground, fills the halls and storms the popcorn. Some films, such as "Thief with Respect" and "Guardian of Resentment," even approach the threshold of one hundred thousand viewers. What was missing was a formidable blockbuster, one that was screened once every two hours in every hall in the country, and compensated the box office for the 15 months they were closed. Into this slot has been galloping since Thursday the ninth episode in the "Fast and Furious" movie series.



This film series has unintentionally become a global cultural phenomenon. In Israel, where action hits are more popular than in any other country, she is especially loved, and her popularity crosses ages, genders and identities.



As in the case of comic books and Star Wars, here too the world can be divided into two: those who will not miss any film in the series, and those who have never seen one, nor considered or will do so, and even allow themselves to underestimate the entire cinematic enterprise and in this case cancel Him as "nothing more than silly action hits on fast cars."



Well, there is no way to convince the unconvinced, but we will still try to enlighten their eyes.

It is not by chance that this film series has reached its lofty status.

The audience loves her because she addresses him in a very sophisticated and complex way.

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Popcorn has never been better.

From "Fast and Furious 9" (Photo: Tulip Media)

On the one hand, "Fast and Furious" films glorify macho masculinity of the old-fashioned kind, so it seems as if her scripts were written by the Twitter accounts of Matan Kahana and Yoav Kish; On the other hand, these are also films that have always given an impressive plot volume to female characters and have shown that they too are capable of galloping and exploding.



On the one hand, these are films that protect the most conservative values ​​- for example, the sanctity of the family. On the other hand, these have also always been the most progressive hits there are, and not out of political correctness. Long before this became a trend, "fast and furious" films cast actors and actresses from different and strange ethnic identities, including an anonymous Israeli named Gal Gadot who began her career in them. They were among the first to identify where the wind was blowing, and entrusted only a few roles to white men. The rainbow of characters has always been a celebration of shades.



The films, it will be recalled, deal with the drivers of illegal car racing, and over time these have gained momentum and become involved in international espionage schemes. Their leader, Dom, is played by Vin Diesel, who at the beginning of his career became famous with a short film about the fact that he has difficulty accepting roles because of his Italian-American origins. As befits the set of values ​​of "fast and furious", we meet him at the beginning of the ninth chapter when he preaches to everyone about the importance of the family, but then it turns out that his private cell is completely dismantled.



Although "fast and furious" movies seem to take place in completely different universes, in recent years they tend to borrow elements from comic book hits.

Thus, the ninth episode replicates one of Marvel's main plot lines: the rivalry between the gods the brothers Thor and Loki.

Just like the superhero, Dom also has a wayward brother, played by a reinforcement actor who joins the film series - former wrestler John Cena.

He holds a grudge against Doom, for reasons that will be revealed later on, and threatens the integrity of his family.

In addition, and it is not clear what is more serious, he is also a partner in a conspiracy that threatens the future of the world.

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Machoism alongside an impressive female presence.

From "Fast and Furious 9" (Photo: Tulip Media)

To stop him, Dom collaborates with his longtime friends and girlfriends, played by Michelle Rodriguez, Tirez Gibson and rapper Ludcris, among others. Hip-hop star Cardi B, who made her film debut in "Fraud without Account" two years ago, also joins the celebration in a small role.



The cast also includes two much more experienced actresses - Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron, who also appeared in the previous episode of the series. When "Fast and the Furious" movies were released they could not even dream of such Oscar winners. Today, participating in these films is not a shame, but a pride - and as evidence, the directors of the Cannes Film Festival announced this week that they will present the film at a special screening as part of the event, which will take place early next month on the Riviera.



We will not argue with the Cannes Film Festival nor with the tens of millions who are going to watch the film in the various complexes around the world, and yet we will allow ourselves to comment on three issues that exist. One problem is the flashbacks to Doom, revealing the source of the tension in front of his brother. Here, something strange happens: the actors who embody the two brothers in their youth are not like Diesel and Senna in adulthood. They are also not similar to each other, and in addition - also not very good. The same is true of those who embody their father, so that these expeditions to the past are characterized by a particularly low level of doing.



Another problem: Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham were the best players in previous episodes, by a huge margin. But they have retired or been separated from the series, in a way that only in the future will we know if it is temporary or permanent, in favor of a side project called "Hobbes and Show", which came out two years ago and was much better than this film. Both stand out here in their absence.



And the biggest problem: "Fast and Furious 9" is indeed nervous, but not so fast.

He continues here the process that has already begun in previous chapters - races and chases occupy a less and less central part, and pave the way for the benefit of other means of transport.

Without revealing too much detail about the plot, it implies that spaceships of all kinds are more important here than cars.

Progressive and not out of political correctness.

From "Fast and Furious 9" (Photo: Tulip Media)

This process raises the question - when it comes to action plots, how are these films different from "Mission Impossible", for example, and why are they called "fast and furious" if what they are aiming for is to describe how spaceships sail slowly in the galaxy?



"Fast and Furious" is a strong brand - so powerful that it is likely that, as befits its name, the ninth episode in which it will sell close to 900,000 movie tickets in Israel.

But like almost every other Hollywood brand, it too has undergone a process of emptying of content in recent years, and is now laid before us like an empty oyster, with a lot of nerves but without much speed.

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