'F9': Why it's time to put a fork in the franchise after this hammy near-death scene (spoilers!)

Strict guidelines stipulate that I warn you: There are SPOILERS ahead and opinions that will have zero effect on anyone’s view of “F9,” the latest “Fast and Furious” movie. 

“F9” soars to greater levels of ridiculousness than ever for the wildly over-the-top “Fast and Furious” franchise. But that near-death scene screams the series has jumped the shark – or the blown-out bridge on a cliff.

I’m not referring to beloved Han (Sung Kang) waltzing into “F9” after his clearly misinterpreted fiery death in “Fast and Furious 6.” That was three “Furious,” one “Hobbs & Shaw” and a #JusticeForHan campaign ago.

Vin Diesel as Dom Toretto in

Vin Diesel as Dom Toretto in “F9,” co-written and directed by Justin Lin.
Universal Pictures

That’s how the humorous non-reality rolls in “F9,” with soaring cars pulled onto planes by gigantic magnets; Ludacris’ Tej saying, “As long as we obey the laws of physics, we’ll be fine” as cars rocket into space; and Dame Helen Mirren careening around London without even thinking about her seat belt. 

All of that is entertaining …

I’m talking about the other faux death in “F9.” 




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