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FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW review

You Want Me to Work With Him?

What happens when the World’s most dangerous asset has to partner with the World’s (former) most dangerous criminal?  “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” opens as MI6 attempts to obtain a deadly virus, named The Snowflake, and prevent it from falling into dangerous hands.  As she is faced with only one choice, Hattie (Vanessa Kirby) injects the deadly virus into herself; giving her only 72 hours before the capsules break and mass infection on a global scale begins.  With such a high-stake mission involving the fate of the World, only two people have the resume and qualities necessary.  Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham).  As the two are fresh-off their last mission of them clashing egos, neither of them are too pleased and want to work alone.  As the story unfolds, a new enemy comes into; one tougher than either of them have faced before.  Brixton (Idris Elba), a genetically-altered assassin, is working for a dangerous organization and has only one goal; to recover the virus.  With Hobbs and Shaw discovering it’s no longer a solo mission, the two must team-up to save the World from complete destruction.

“Hobbs & Shaw” is the first-ever spinoff of “The Fast and the Furious” franchise, featuring two of the newest members of the gang, but it’s a great sign that there are more stories to tell in the future.  The film is largely-carried by the offsetting charisma and humor of Johnson and Statham and it’s stronger than ever!  Johnson fully embraces Hobbs’ persona while Statham reveals there’s more than meets the eye; and Kirby has her moments of strength as well.  When it comes to back guy Elba, he more than holds his own, but he just isn’t a bad guy; and that’s not a knock.  Helen Mirren, Eiza González, Eddie Marsan, and Cliff Curtis also have sizeable roles as well.  However, the back-and-forth, witty banter gets a little stale at times, but it is completely revived with the inclusion of two of the funniest, well-casted extended cameo roles in the film.  It would be a disservice to ruin this surprise, but their appearance elevates the film completely!

As with any “Fast & Furious” film, the stunts are huge and the action sequences raise the bar.  Most notably, the attack of Samoa is on a large scale and features some very original moments, but escapes perfection with its shaky camera work.  The humor is the biggest role player in the film and it works with great payoff and originality; so many moments of pure laughter and even more with a chuckle.  As with any movie from the franchise, you’ll have to suspend disbelief a few times, but there’s nothing wrong with turning your brain off and just enjoying some kick-ass action for a few hours.  The film does come in a little long, at 2 hours and 15 minutes, but never lulls and is saved from becoming stale with a few outrageous, hilarious cameos.  “Hobbs & Shaw” knows exactly what type of film it is; so strap in and prepare for some fun!

“Hobbs & Shaw” is an adrenaline-rush thrill ride filled with nonstop humor that is the perfect summer action movie.  Johnson and Statham are a true dynamic duo with impeccable chemistry as well.  It is no groundbreaking cinematic achievement, but “Hobbs & Shaw” is easily one of the most fun films of Summer 2019!    

 4/5

FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW is rated PG-13 for prolonged sequences of action and violence, suggestive material and some strong language, in theaters AUGUST 2ND!