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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.

Sketchy character development and poor world-building keep the film and its protagonists at arm’s length.

As generic, made-for-quick-consumption animated productions go, there’s nothing especially bad about "Spirit Untamed." Unfortunately, there’s nothing especially good, either.

All the ingredients seem to be in place for a rollicking violent time but the elements don’t gel.

Slickly made but hollow, offering little to anyone who isn’t deeply invested in the franchise; it may be a good tie-in to the video game series but it’s a bad motion picture.

What works as a sizzle reel totaling three minutes shows its inherent shallowness when expanded to nearly two hours.

Run Time: 1:37
U.S. Release Date: -
MPAA Rating: "NR"
Genre: Action/Adventure
Director: Ishiro Honda
Cast: Tadao Takashima, Keji Sahaka, Ichiro Arishama, Yu Fujiki, Mie Hama, Michael Keith

This titanic smackdown, the first of the kaiju cage matches, represents cheese at its ripest.