Vin Diesel, John Cena, And Helen Mirren Shift Into High Gear In ‘F9’ Big Game Spot

“The world has a way of changing, but there’s always one thing that stays the same.”

So what might that be, Dominic Toretto? Certainly, it’s not the release date for F9, the ninth chapter in the epic Fast and the Furious franchise, which was among the first heavyweight blockbusters to move because of the pandemic. Originally scheduled to open last May (!!!), it was pushed to April 2021, only for Universal to then shift into another gear and settle on May 28th 2021, the better to keep away from No Time to Die.

You can’t have the biggest game of the year without a Big Game spot for F9, and the footage shows Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, the returning Sung Kang, and even Helen Mirren putting their pedals to the metal, in the streets and in the jungles and shit. It’s pretty ridiculous. We also get a look at John Cena who plays villain Jakob Toretto, and you know he’s badass because he spells his name with a “k” rather than a “c” like a normal person.

While the arrival of Dom and Mia’s long-lost bro will cause some family tension, does anybody expect him to stay a heel by the movie’s end? Me neither.

Justin Lin is back behind the camera for F9 which opens on May 28th.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.