If you like the FAST & FURIOUS movies, chances are you either prefer the earlier ones that were about street racing and family or you prefer the later ones that are about ignoring the laws of physics and family. If you’re in the latter camp, FAST & FURIOUS 9 could be just your kind of trash. The scattershot plot, such as it is, this time involves Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew going after another all-powerful device that’ll give baddies control of the world’s weapons arsenals, a scheme spearheaded by Dom’s long-lost evil brother Jakob (John Cena). The film is long, but thankfully there’s plenty of sparky character interplay and inventive action sequences involving military-grade electromagnets and people flying through the air and being miraculously caught on the hood/bonnet of people’s cars (returning director Justin Lin is still among the best in the business at this kind of thing) . It’s probably not going to bear much repeat viewing, but for now F9 is just the kind of park-your-brain spectacle you want to see on the biggest, loudest screen possible. SSP
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