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.
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. 😊
I have yet to see any of the Fast and Furious movies.
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Neither have I.
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Let’s keep avoiding them and stay pure!
All I could think was it felt like more than 72 hours had passed even in the film and she should have been dead.
A Saturday night TV movie then, cheers Sean.
You would have to pay me a lot of money to watch one of these movies or chain me to the seat and clockwork orange my eyes open.
WE LOVE Action films, David thought it was good, unreal, but good. I would love to see it, he our son, and I missed it because of work, but guess I will watch it at home…
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…..
Might catch it when it goes ‘digital’. 🙂 … 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! 😀
Not for me. I loved the first one. The rest run together like one big nightmare. I wish the Rock had stuck to the WWE.