Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw Review
“I am the Black Superman” Exclaims Idris Elba, who plays the bad guy in “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” Hobbs and Shaw are a spin off the popular “Fast and Furious film series. Pretty much from the opening sequence the movie sets the tone for the cartoonish yet awesome film. The film revolves around the plot of the evil entity Eteon trying to reshape the world via a cataclysmic event. Brixton Lorr, played wonderfully by Idris is a computer enhanced villain who hell bent of carrying his unseen overlord’s plan. Writers Chris Morgan and Drew Pierce do an excellent job of weaving a tale that as outlandish as it seems definitely works for the film series.
The previous installment in the fast and furious , “The Fate of the Furious,” caged these two enemies (Hobbs and Shaw) together and forced them to team up to save the world, with director David Leitch at the helm, their on screen chemistry is the main attraction and they kick ass and insult each along the way. Taking place after the events of “The Fate of the Furious, both characters have gone back to their own lives: Hobbs working Diplomatic Security Service (even though he retired in the last FF movie), while Shaw more elegantly lives a life of posh. Unbeknownst the titular duo at the Snowflake virus has gone missing in a film opening heist that is both thrilling, and explosive. Keep in mind a movie like this one you have to suspend your belief in reality. Just sit back and exhilarating thrill ride. It is a throwback to yesteryear before the only blockbuster was Marvel. “Hobbs & Shaw” is fun, but it is so delightfully over-the-top, it makes the comic-book logic of our beloved Marvel movies look like documentaries by comparison. Where it took the franchise the whole family to stop the bad guy, this time around DSS and CIA have decided that Hobbs & Shaw are more than enough to take down what both agencies believe to be a rogue MI6 agent. Their target is none other than Shaw’s sister, Hattie (Vanessa Kirby), who had to inject herself with the Snowflake virus, to prevent it from falling into Brixton’s hands. She alone knows what really happened, which is to say, that a “secret tech cult” known as Eteon wants to use the “programmable virus” to wipe out “weak” humans.
“Hobbs & Shaw” should be viewed pure action packed, humorous popcorn flick. The film is a highly accomplished cinematic feat, finding ingenious ways to convey its own ridiculously distorted ground rules such that audiences can understand the basic parameters of a sequence in a matter of seconds, dump whatever preconceived notions about how it might work in the real world and follow along with the exaggerated way the situation unfolds on screen
“Hobbs and Shaw “keeps outdoing itself, and yet the crazy, stunt-driven action scenes that follow each other. Leitch’s visual-storytelling are not necessarily elegant, but they are extremely efficient, A movie of this magnitude is only possible because the visual effects have come so far. Leitch is stage scenes that would have previously only been possible as cartoons: case in point a self-driving motorcycle that bends and folds around tight turns, In the end, the film’s stakes are less interesting than its potential.
The cinematography is also breath taking when we see the beautiful picturesque shots of Europe and Hawaii (stand in for Samoa) that the movie is set in. Kudos to Leitch for putting it all together.
In a year when so many movies are, underperforming here is one that I believe that is poised to do big numbers. This movie has a couple surprise cameos that I do not want to ruin because it makes the movie even more fun.
I give Hobbs & Shaw 4/5 Stars for just being super fun and exciting to watch. If you are looking for Oscar winning performances or Plot that makes you go home and contemplate life skip this one. Everyone that is looking for a high-octane action movie that everyone can munch on popcorn and enjoy this is the one for you.
PRODUCTION: A Universal Pictures release and presentation of a Chris Morgan Prods., Seven Bucks production. Producers: Dany Garcia, Kelly McCormick, Ethan Smith, Ainsley Davies, Steven Chasman.
CREW: Director: David Leitch. Screenplay: Chris Morgan, Drew Pearce; story: Morgan. Camera (color, widescreen): Jonathan Sela. Editor: Christopher Rouse. Music: Tyler Bates.
WITH: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby, Cliff Curtis, and Helen Mirren. Producers: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Chris Morgan, Hiram Garcia. Executive producers: Dany Garcia, Kelly McCormick, Ethan Smith, Ainsley Davies, Steven Chaman