Don Reviews "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw"
Well, we are in the middle of the summer movie season, and what would it be without another big blockbuster action film that is part of a bigger franchise. It is well documented over the last few years how I feel about series that may or may not have gone too long, and here comes another one.
“Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” is the new film directed by David Leitch (Deadpool 2, Atomic Blonde) and brings the characters played by Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham on their own adventure with Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby (The Crown), Eliana Sua (Simmer), Cliff Curtis (Sunshine) and Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan). In London, Hattie (Kirby) is a MI6 agent who is trying to obtain a lethal virus with her squad that ends up facing Brixton (Elba), a villain with super human strength and capabilities who takes out her team. Hattie injects the virus into her own body and is able to evade Brixton as he frames her for killing her team and going rogue with the virus. Hobbs (Johnson) and Shaw (Statham) end up having to team up to meet with Hattie, realizing that she was set up… and away we go.
This film has a ton of CGI, which can be expected from film like this one along with globe-hopping locations like Samoa, London, and the Russian countryside. When it comes to the acting, it is on par for its series, with exactly what I expected from Johnson and Statham, who have good chemistry as characters that hate each other but have to work together.
“Hobbs and Shaw” is also your basic big-budget action film from a script standpoint, but I did have an issue with them put the name of “Fast & Furious” on it. Sure there are some car chase scenes, but this is more of an action-adventure film that has little to do with automobiles when compared to the other films in the series. They could have changed the characters names and the title and it would not really change anything. Of course, there is a level of suspension of disbelief, but there were some big blunder a fight scene that takes place right before sunrise that goes to full daylight in about three minutes or in another place where is not a cloud in the sky and thirty seconds later there sky is dark grey and there a huge monsoon style rain. I did not have the bar set too high for this film, but it fell still a little short of what I expected, so I will recommend it as a Redbox rental.