Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

Remember when the Fast & Furious gang were street racers who dabbled in highway robbery? Because the franchise’s writers seem to have totally forgotten. The street races are long gone, replaced with international espionage, world-devastating weapons, and an ever-growing cast of action heroes.

Two of those additional action heroes, Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) and Shaw (Jason Statham), are now spinning off from the main storyline and saving the world without any help from the rest of the franchise’s former street racers. This time, Idris Elba plays the unstoppable cyborg bad guy who’s racing against Hobbs and Shaw to track down a supervirus that Shaw’s superspy sister (Vanessa Kirby) injects herself with. Luckily, the supervirus takes 72 hours to take effect, giving Hobbs and Shaw a chance to find a way to extract it…if only they could put aside their differences and find a way to work together.

Of course Hobbs and Shaw will find a way to work together, but it takes longer than you’d expect. Probably because Vin Diesel isn’t around to remind everyone that they’re family.  That’s Hobbs & Shaw in a nutshell: a very competent (though brainless) action movie that more than anything will make you miss Diesel and the rest of his Fast & Furious family.

No matter how many explosions or dune buggies are involved in a showdown with the villain’s helicopter, Hobbs & Shaw doesn’t measure up to the other instalments in this franchise. At best, it’s a teaser trailer for Fast & Furious 9, but the energy that went into Hobbs & Shaw probably would have been better spent on something involving the whole crew. Because when it comes to big, dumb action films, bigger is better, and that’s a lesson I thought this franchise had learned a long time ago.

 

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11 thoughts on “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

  1. raistlin0903

    Well, pretty much what I expected this to be😊 Didn’t expect this to be better than the Fast and the Furious, but guess it’s still entertaining enough to enjoy it nonetheless. 😊

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  2. The Inner Circle

    Wait,wasn’t that the plot of “Transporter 2”? Frank Martin had to recover a deadly virus and the bad guy injected himself with it and Frank had to stop him???

    This “franchise” is just a cartoon now. The first two are my favorites,after that…..

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  3. Widdershins

    Might catch it when it goes ‘digital’. πŸ™‚ … my money’s on F&F 9 going into space. It’s the only environment left … or, now that I think of it, deep undersea street-racing! πŸ˜€

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