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The Fast & Furious franchise has dished up two decades worth of sequels, and now we have a spin-off in which the semi-bad guy from the fifth movie and the main antagonist from the seventh team up to fight a cyborg super-soldier and save the world from a virus that turns internal organs into mush.
If you have watched a few Fast & Furious pictures then you will come to know the outlandish and almost comical stunts displayed throughout the series. This chapter is no different in fact the stylised action is often laughable which I am sure the director has deliberately pushed.
Here, enemies become besties in this buddy-bromance action blockbuster with two modern action heroes in Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. The rock and sock ‘em Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and style and finesse of Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) create a fun contrast as we follow the two on a mission to save the world from Brixton Lore.
Brixton (Idris Elba) is an ex-spy who’s become more machine than man (eat your heart out Vader) and has devised a plan to salvage a sample of the aforementioned virus (code-named Snowflake) in London on behalf of a clandestine group named Eteon. However, things do not go according to plan and the sample ends up in the hands of (well, actually in the bloodstream of) Hattie Shaw (Vanessa Kirby), an MI6 agent who, yes, is related to ex-assassin Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham). Soon, the CIA is brought into play to track down Hattie, recruiting Shaw and his soon to be partner, the mammoth Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson).
David Leitch, co-director of John Wick and later Deadpool 2 & Atomic Blonde, has clearly proven his ability to craft a stylish action sequence. In Hobbs & Shaw, the action is a collection of chases, one on one bouts and multiple vehicle battle royals which are all a feast for any action fan.
The action scenes are certainly a given but another ingredient which permeates throughout the series is the importance of ‘family’ – it has become a prerequisite. Hobbs & Shaw explores this with Hobbs going back to Samoa to reconnect and then team up with his family, and Shaw trying to reconnect with his sister as requested by their incarcerated, career criminal mother played by Helen Mirren.
I imagine Johnson and Statham had a hoot making this film and despite the often-overplayed alpha-male, wang slangin’ competitions in the film, it is one that should not be taken too seriously. Switch your brain to low gear, sit back and enjoy the ride.