Fast 9 is the first major Hollywood blockbuster to hit cinemas this year. The high octane adventure brings back all the main crew with two main exceptions but also manages to return two iconic characters who were previously believed to be dead. But how can fans watch all the action? With many films being released simultaneously on the big screen and to download, is it possible to watch the latest Fast & Furious movie at home? NOTE: There is a spoiler warning before any discussion of the returning characters at the end of the article.
Fast 9 was released in UK cinemas on June 24 and in the US on June 25.
So far, it has received solid reviews, with a cumulative 61% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
The main studios that have announced they will be relating some films online and in cinemas are Disney (which also includes Marvel) and Warner Bros.
Fast & Furious 9 has been released by Universal so here is what to do if you see that the film is available to watch online.
What are the penalties for watching an illegal download?
The Digital Economy Act 2017 means people could now face ten-year prison sentences for illegally streaming copyrighted content.
This currently includes Fast & Furious 9.
When will Fast & Furious 9 be available to stream or download online?
Universal currently does not have its own streaming platform like Disney Plus, or HBO Max for Warner Bros in the US.
To be sure you’re not watching copyrighted material, you should go direct to companies such as Netflix, Sky Cinema, NOW or Amazon Prime, according to FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft).
Fast & Furious 9 is currently available to preorder on Amazon, but there is no release date as yet.
SPOILER WARNING: Do not read beyond this point if you don’t want to know which dead characters are returning
Fast & Furious 9 picks up the storylines of the original core team. This means The Rock’s Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw are not part of the main action.
However, there is a time-bending rewriting of the past when the previously dead and immensely popular character Han Lue, played by Sung Kang, is brought back to life. There had been a ‘Justice For Han’ campaign among fans for years, unhappy at his demise at the hands of Deckard Shaw.
The new movie explains that his death was faked so he could go into hiding with his adoptive daughter.
Even more mind-bending is the proposition that Paul Walker’s Brian O’Connor is back. The actor died during the filming of Fast 7 which was rejigged to show O’Connor driving off into the sunset at the end.
In the final scenes of Fast 9, the gang gather for a BBQ and Vin Diesel’s Dom says, “Hold on, there’s still an empty chair,” to which Jordana Brewster’s Mia says of her husband, “He’s on the way.”
The scene cuts to the driveway where we see O’Connor’s iconic Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R pull up before the credits roll.
Director Justin Lin has said the door is open for some sort of return in the upcoming final two films: “Fast 9 is really the beginning of the final chapter of the saga. So in doing that I think there’s a lot of room to really place our characters, and Brian obviously is a big part of the universe still.”
This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Entertainment Feed