‘Hobbs & Shaw‘ is the first spin-off from the ‘Fast And Furious’ franchise directed by David Leitch. It was released in 2019 by Universal Pictures based on a screenplay by Chris Morgan and Drew Pearce.
MI6 Agent Hattie Shaw’s (Vanessa Kirby) team is wiped out by Brixton (Idris Elba), a cybernetically-enhanced assassin. To stop him from acquiring a virus, she injects herself with the capsules and manages to escape, only for Brixton to frame her for her team’s deaths. CIA Agent Victor Locke (Ryan Reynolds) recruits Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) while Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) is also recruited, but the two refuse to work together. Hobbs manages to locate Hattie, but so does Shaw, and just as they are about to fight it out, Brixton arrives and beats them up. The three manage to escape, but Brixton’s unseen boss frames them as well. With time running out for Hattie, they have to look for a way to stop Brixton from getting his hands on the virus.
Spin-off movies are hit and miss so what to say about this one in particular. It was a hit, a huge hit. Of course, there was very little depth to the movie, other than the focus on family, which was a nice touch. With familial connections with Hobbs’ mother Sefina, played by Lori Pelenise Tuisano, and Shaw’s mother Queenie, played by Helen Mirren, that added an extra dimension to the story.
One thing is for sure, you can Johnson and Statham were having a blast filming this movie. They put their all into the story and how the characters were portrayed. Though I do feel their competitiveness was a bit hammed up. It is interesting to watch Deckard from deadly assassin to basically his character from The Expendables. I do not know if that was a conscious decision and at first it bothered me, but this movie and the realization that Han is alive has won me over.
As for the action, it was non-stop and totally awesome. I enjoy every fight scene, car chase, drone explosion, and battle sequence. The final battle between Hobbs and Shaw against Brixton is well-shot. It does have a lot of slow-motion shots and normally I find that gimmicky but in this case, I thought it worked well.
Bottom line, Hobbs & Shaw is a fun movie with two of the best stars in action cinema. It is shot well, excellently choreographed, and has some pretty clever dialogue between the actors.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Strong foul language, Brutal violence
FAVORITE QUOTE: I’m trying to save the world, which, for the record, will be my fourth time. ‘Cause I’m really good at it.
Check out the trailer below:
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