Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

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Hobbs & Shaw doesn't rev as high as the franchise's best installments, but gets decent mileage out of its well-matched stars and over-the-top action sequences.



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Ever since hulking lawman Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), a loyal agent of America's Diplomatic Security Service, and lawless outcast Shaw (Jason Statham), a former British military elite operative, first faced off in 2015's Furious 7, the duo have swapped smack talk and body blows as they've tried to take each other down. But when cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton (Idris Elba) gains control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever--and bests a brilliant and fearless rogue MI6 agent (The Crown's Vanessa Kirby), who just happens to be Shaw's sister--these two sworn enemies will have to partner up to bring down the only guy who might be badder than themselves.


Dwayne Johnson
as Luke Hobbs
Jason Statham
as Deckard Shaw
Idris Elba
as Brixton
Vanessa Kirby
as Hattie Shaw
Helen Mirren
as Queenie
Eddie Marsan
as Professor Andreiko
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  • Oct 06, 2019
    A Fast & Furious spin-off, Hobbs & Shaw is a big doubt action film. When a bio-weapon is stolen the CIA recruits DRS officer Luke Hobbs and former MI6 agent Deckard Shaw to recover it, but to do so they'll have to put their personal differences aside. Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham have great chemistry together and their fight scenes are incredibly exciting and fun. But the script is really poor and doesn't make a lot of sense. A disappointing addition to the Fast & Furious franchise, Hobbs & Shaw is entertaining but doesn't live up to the hype.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 07, 2019
    It's still a blur to how this duo is morally justifiable, but Hobbs and Shaw adds more wildly, outlandish action and thrills to the Fast and Furious franchise. The playful banter with Johnson and Statham as well as a few surprises works well to an extent that's worth investing two-hours-and-change to suspend all disbelief. 3.45/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 03, 2019
    Being a pretty big fan of the Fast & Furious franchise, I found myself worried when they announced that they would be spinning off certain characters and straying away from the core premise that built this series from the ground up. With that said, that announcement came even before the seventh or eighth instalments of the Fast & Furious franchise, so it felt inevitable at some point. Well, it has now hit theatres and the ridiculous characteristics of both characters have been dialled up to a million. Is this really a Fast & Furious movie? Not really, but that doesn't mean it's not a good, dumb, fun romp worth enjoying.? Following Luke Hobbs (Dwyane Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) as they are recruited to hunt down a virus known as the "Snowflake" (yes, that's the plot), which has now been injected into Hattie (Vanessa Kirby), making her a catalyst, ridiculousness ensues. Being pursued by Brixton, a genetically enhanced super-soldier, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw is all but subtle. This film simply chooses dumb plotlines and sticks to them throughout the entire duration. Being a fan of stupid elements if they're knowingly tongue and cheek, this film as a very enjoyable to me. Where this film will lose certain viewers is in the fact that it's not really grounded in reality anymore, and that's still saying the previous two films were. This time, people fall from skyscrapers with no parachute, with only the concrete to break their fall and walk it off. That's about the tamest example I can come up with that was presented in this movie. The action is dumb, the dialogue is cheesy, yet great, and if you're going to see this film other than wanting to see the chemistry between Dwyane Johnson and Jason Statham, then you may not enjoy yourself.? I would say this film's biggest flaw is the fact that it just wants to continue delivering the goods. It does feel about 30 minutes too long, but the final act of the film is absolutely the best part, so I can forgive it for slightly overstaying its welcome. The overall pacing even felt a little off to me as well, but as I said, the characters, dialogue, and action set pieces all held this movie together nicely. There were many instances where I was just watching a dumb action movie and needed to turn my brain off, and that felt like enough.? In the end, die-hard fans of this franchise will definitely be mixed on this film, but I also believe that newcomers will get a bigger kick out of it. This is a film that's definitely not catering to the hardcore fans, but action junkies alone. From stupid to dumb, bombastic to insane, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw is everything you expect it to be, but probably even more so. I had a blast watching this film, but I will never tell someone that it's great. It's a solid action flick for what it is.
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • Aug 02, 2019
    It took nine movies but we can now put the Fast and Furious franchise to rest, and that's because we now have Hobbs & Shaw, the spinoff that took the best parts of the franchise and ran away. What started as a film about underground street racing in 2001 has morphed into an over-the-top superhero spectacle where their superhuman power is being really good with cars, as well as not adhering to any laws of physics. Now they've cordoned off The Rock and Jason Statham, attached the director of Atomic Blonde and give me Idris Elba as the villain, who openly proclaims himself to be "black Superman." Why do we ever need to go back to Vin Diesel and his pit crew ever again? Hobbs & Shaw is a big blast of action overkill fun. It's not without its flaws and limitations but it's exactly what it set out to be. Agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) is trying to enjoy some rest and relaxation with his daughter but the world isn't going to be save itself. He's recruited to team up with the wily Deckard Shaw (Statham) to recover a missing sample of a super virus that can be programmed to kill anyone on the planet. The key is finding MIA MI6 agent Hattie (Vanessa Kirby), accused of killing her team and absconding with the virus. She also happens to be Shaw's estranged sister. The real villain is a super mercenary Brixton (Elba) who is engineered to be a superior killing machine. His mysterious employer wants to recruit Hobbs and Shaw to the cause, but in the event of their refusal, death is always an option. The Shaw family reunion makes the majority of the movie a three-person chase film that ultimately pushes Hobbs to go back home to the Samoan family he left behind decades ago and they haven't forgotten their prodigal son. Once again, the main draw of a Fast and Furious movie are the eye-popping action set pieces, and Hobbs & Shaw has its fair share of excitement and satisfaction. There are a couple standouts, notably a climactic helicopter face-off involving a chain of racing vehicles and the concept of lift, but really none of the action will displace the top moments from this increasingly insane franchise. Director David Leitch (Deadpool 2) doesn't have any signature moments that stun like that extended, fatigued fight sequence in Atomic Blonde, but he definitely taps into the moment-to-moment fun and absurdity. A chase down the side of a building is not remotely realistic, but with Leitch there's an added sense of comedy by making it another contest between Hobbs and Shaw. That macho posturing can liven up an already enjoyable scene and give it a personal edge that ties into the charisma of the stars. So even when the action is cooking at a lower level, focusing on that charisma elevates the sequence. The action pumps at a constant pace with plenty of explosions, tumbles, and powerful fists. The movie follows the latter Fast and Furious mold by not even trying to resemble reality. When Brixton's super hands-free motorcycle acts more like a living Transformer, it doesn't matter because the movie isn't building a reality where something like that would seem like an exaggeration. I laughed more at moments like that and smiled rather than scoffing at its disconnect from crafting some kind of baseline sense of reality. I will say the action beats could be shaved down, especially as the movie teeters to 135 minutes long. It's not exactly the kind of action cinema like Mission: Impossible where the set pieces are so brilliantly constructed with organic complications. These aren't quite at the level of spectacle or immersion of a Fury Road or even the Justin Lin-era of Furious land. There are few sequences that couldn't be pared down because often the beats are the same beats just with more of them. I wished there had been a greater variety of action sequences or at least an interesting series of complications, the lifeblood of great action movies. There are a few standout moments with larger-than-life imagery but mostly the action has a very same-y quality that can feel repetitive. That's where the comedic perspectives can help. A hallway fight is enjoyable but lacks impressive fight choreography, but what saves the scene is the comedic exasperation at the end for Shaw and again tying it to the ongoing competition with Hobbs. Beyond the explosive action, the real draw is the cast and they are overloaded with charisma. There's a reason somebody at Universal decided to slice off these two characters because they are clearly the only characters many people ever cared about, because both actors have an innate charm that pops off the screen. Watching the two of them butt heads and trade insults and glares is an ongoing pleasure. It reminds one how big personalities can effortlessly carry big Hollywood action movies when you have the right stars together. They do form their own sort of combative bond and understanding by the end, but one wonders if their banter will get old if it doesn't evolve over the inevitably commissioned assembly of sequels. The Rock and Statham get some big laughs and hearty entertainment squaring off and working together for even bigger destructive power. Kirby (Mission: Impossible – Fallout) is a terrific addition as a strong-willed, kickass heroine first and a potential love interest for Hobbs second, which amusingly upsets Shaw. Kirby has an above-it-all air to her that makes her seem like a natural match as a sister to Statham. Elba (Molly's Game) is settling into a groove as a go-to heavy (Star Trek Beyond, The Jungle Book) and even while threatening a global pandemic he can't help but be smooth and charming. This is the best cast ever assembled for a Fast and Furious movie, and you throw in unexpected comedy cameos, Helen Mirren, and an extended Samoan family, and the movie begins to stake out its own claims on a world separate from Diesel's boring "family." Hobbs & Shaw is a combination of 80s action movie attitude, 90s bombast, and 2010s outrageous set pieces, lead by two of the more charming men Hollywood has at its punching-kicking disposal. That's actually a pretty good word, "disposal," because the movie is designed as nothing more than a breezy two hours at the movies with your biggest tub of popcorn. Of course the studio has larger plans and envisions it as a way to keep the Fast and Furious franchise alive and diversified. Hobbs & Shaw has little more on its mind than giving its audience a good time, and it easily achieves that aim. I may not feel the need to watch Fast and Furious movies again like I do other action franchises that provide more emotional investment, practical stuntwork, and structural brilliance, but that doesn't mean I won't happily consume the next entry. As long as The Rock and Statham are in place and feeling good, so too will the eventual audience. Nate's Grade: B
    Nate Z Super Reviewer

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