Fast 9 Review

I am impressed with the longevity of the film and franchise:

Ever since I was 15 years old, I’ve always been into cars. Why? When I was a teenager, my goal was to get a car and to start driving as quickly as humanly possible.

Why? For me, A Car was the ultimate symbol of freedom. To go anywhere I want to, whenever I want to, without restrictions or boundaries.

Also, ever since I was 15 years old, I had pride in myself and in my car. I bought my first 1991 Sentra XE, four-door, five speed manual transmission car, and I loved modifying it, putting on intake, header, and exhaust (1.75 inch mandrel bend— not loud but tasteful).

Taking it back to the film, I am very impressed that the fast and the furious franchise has existed this long. And truth be told, the film did not disappoint. Justin Lin is a very good Director, and he seems very personally invested in the film in the franchise. I just watched fast and the furious nine on my iPhone via the Apple store, and watching the extras I love seeing the day in the life of a Director, and being a blown away by how Justin Lin only sleeps three hours a night, and he would work on the film every day from 4:30 AM until 1 AM.

And this is also a new thing that I’m starting to learn: follow the Director, not the film. A great Director is the best predictor of a good film, instead of the actors, or even the story.

For example, even though I’m a huge Keanu Reeves fan, many of the films I’ve watched with Keanu in it are just not good. For example replicas was very bad. Therefore, it isn’t the actor that makes the film, but the Director.

Also, a few years back I watched the new Star Trek that was directed by Justin Lin and I enjoyed it very very much. This is when Justin Lin first came to my head as a director, and I plan to follow his films moving forward.

So does Vin Diesel and John Cena use steroids?

My first interest in purchasing the fast and furious nine movie to watch it was this: when I was on a flight from Mexico City back to LA, I saw somebody in the front seat watching it. I watched most of the film on mute. And the part that struck me was the very end, when you see Vin Diesel and John Cena face-to-face, and I was born away by how massive the arms and biceps of John Cena were.

Therefore I think the biggest motivation is seeing how buff both of them are, inspires me to get buff as well.

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