Small Screen Reviews

Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw Review

Hobbs Shaw 1 DVD/Blu-ray

Studio:
Universal Pictures   

What’s It About?
MI6 agent Hattie Shaw injects herself with a bioweapon to prevent souped up genetically enhanced baddie Brixton Lore from obtaining it, forcing her brother Deckard Shaw, and his frenemy Luke Hobbs to team up and save her and the day!   

Who’s In It?
Dwayne Johnson (Moana, Rampage, & more recently Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle)
Jason Statham (Crank, Spy, Expendables 1-3, & more recently The Meg)   

Other notables include:
Vanessa Kirby (The Crown, Mission: Impossible – Fallout)
Helen Mirren (the Queen, RED, & more recently Winchester)
Idris Elba (Luther, Thor 1-3, & more recently Molly’s Game)   

Director: David Leitch (Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2)

Audiences Expect:
There may be a whopping eight films in the Fast & Furious franchise thus far, but truth be told they only really kicked into gear on Number 5 – which is when The Rock joined the franchise 6, when we first got a glimpse of The Stath.
As such, it was a no-brainer, something that is essential for these films, to have a spin off involving possibly the two best characters – the chalk and cheese that is CIA heavyweight Luke Hobbs and antihero assassin Deckard Shaw.
Once again, the team behind the films have glossed over the essentials of a plot. All you need to know is that a genetically engineered bad guy in the form of Idris Elba, who takes orders from an unknown entity in similar mystery to that guy in Inspector Gadget, is out to get a terrifying bioweapon. Hattie Shaw, an MI6 operative gets to it first, but is forced to inject herself to prevent this terrifying ‘black superman’ from getting his mitts on it.
Oh and it just so happens that Hattie is Deckard’s sister, so he gets involved, while the powers that be decree that Deckard also gets to team up with frenemy Luke Hobbs. Cue plenty of hilarious odd couple banter as the pair struggle to work together and square up to each other as the alpha males they are.
Yet, despite the brilliance of the pairing on screen, it is actually Vanessa Kirby, following her wonderful stint in the last Mission: Impossible film, who steals the show as a lethal operative, while there is some strong support from the likes of Idris Elba, Helen Mirren and one or two others.
As with all these F&F films, there is a strong emphasis on family, as well as ludicrous stunts, yet the chemistry and indeed delivery of these leads manage significantly better with the sometimes weak and turgid lines resulting in the Hobbs & Shaw spin off being a whole lot more fun. Let’s hope for more.   

In A Nutshell:
A pure popcorn flick as equally dumb as the F&F franchise, but with more engaging leads.    

Highlight:
Vanessa Kirby without doubt
The odd couple of pairing of Statham and Johnson once again
The daisy chain car stunt   

Lowpoint:
Another ludicrous plot with more weak dialogue at times


Release date: 02/12/2019

Certificate: 12 / 12A

EDITOR’S CHOICE