Film Review: FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW (USA 2019)

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw Poster
Lawman Luke Hobbs and outcast Deckard Shaw form an unlikely alliance when a cyber-genetically enhanced villain threatens the future of humanity.

Director:

David Leitch

Writers:

Chris Morgan (story by), Chris Morgan (screenplay by) |2 more credits »

There is the recent debate in Hollywood whether they now make a product or a film.  From this film’s title, what comes out is clearly a product.  HOBBS & SHAW is a product from the FAST & THE FURIOUS franchise.  And this is not a good thing.

From the makers of THE FAST AND FURIOUS films, HOBBS & SHAW is as much a  film about fast cars than human beings.  Any chance the script gets for an excuse for a vehicle chase, there comes one.  If that is not enough, anytime there is anything to do with skyscrapers (the last FAST & FURIOUS film had an unbelievable stunt where a car drove from then top of one skyscraper to another), there is one.

When the film opens, a crew of MI6 agents attempt to retrieve a virus, Snowflake, which can be programmed to decimate millions of people, from terrorist organization Eteon. Brixton Lore (Idris Elba), an Eteon operative with advanced cybernetic implants that allow him to perform superhuman feats, arrives and kills all agents except for their leader, Hattie Shaw (Vanessa Kirby), who injects Snowflake into herself as a dormant carrier and escapes. Brixton frames Hattie as a traitor who killed her team and stole Snowflake, forcing her to go on the run.

Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) are both informed of the missing virus and are assigned to work together reluctantly to track it down.  The trio locate Professor Andreiko (Eddie Marson) who brings a bit of life into the picture.  The arguing duo save the world in a midst of fast and furious car chases.

The film takes quite a while to get its footing, and when it does, it does not stay focused.  To give the director credit, Leitch (DEADPOOL 2) achieves quite the feat with his action set pieces.  The one with Hobbs and Shaw racing down the skyscraper in pursuit of the kidnappers captures both the humour and excitement of the moment.  The climatic chase and tugging of the helicopter and cars at the edge of the mountains are impressive and almost saves the movie.  The villain Idris Elba is too invincible to excite any suspense in the fight scenes.  The buddy or enmity between Hobbss and Shaw that is supposed to be key in the move is average at best, eliciting a few laughs at most – nothing that is not already done in other buddy cop movies.  

Statham and Johnson deliver average performances – what audiences expect from them.  The film contains quite a few surprise cameos, that will not be disclosed in the review.  These are tactically spread out throughout the film.

The script goes at lengths to bring in more human element to the story.  The introduction of Hobb’s 9-year old daughter does not do much to enhance the film but his extended family with his mother in Samoa, Hawaii stirs up the much needed boost in the story.

HOBBS & SHAW is so forgettable that it is doubtful many would remember who played Shaw and who played Hobbs in the movie.  Apart from the excellent action set-pieces HOBBS & SHAW is a total bore!

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7W–71iLZ0g

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