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Run Time: 1:30
U.S. Release Date: 2021-10-01
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Action/Comedy
Director: Andy Serkis
Cast: Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris, Reid Scott, Stephen Graham

With its short running length, this drunk-on-CGI production is less a movie and more the outline of something ambitious.

A series of loosely connected skits, this lacks a coherent narrative and appears to have been targeted almost exclusively at the pre-teen crowd.

There’s a dissonance between the film’s darker subjects and its seeming desire to offer something uplifting at the end, and the mediocre songs are a distraction.

What we have here is a godawful movie that, despite its general badness, nevertheless casts a spell of sorts.

Although made with care and competence and featuring a strong underlying premise, the film as a whole is forgettable.

Run Time: 1:39
U.S. Home Release Date: 2021-08-15
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Action/Comedy
Director: John Carpenter
Cast: Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, James Hong, Victor Wong, Kate Burton, Suzee Pai

At his best, Carpenter was able to do amazing things with low budgets and a surfeit of creativity but this isn't one of those instances.

The movie doesn’t make a lot of sense and it doesn’t help that the dialogue is poorly written and clumsily delivered.

Feels more like a two-hour commercial for the entire Warner Brothers catalog and a means of stroking LeBron James' ego.

Uses reliable science fiction/time travel/alien invasion tropes in ways that could be interesting but ultimately turn out to be regurgitations of stories we’ve seen before.

F9, like its predecessors, isn’t about characters or story. It’s about the excessively over-the-top action sequences.