Hobbs & Shaw (also known as Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw) is a 2019 American science fiction action comedy film that is a spin-off of The Fast and the Furious franchise, starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham as Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw, characters that first appeared in The Fast and the Furious films.
After a total of eight Fast & Furious movies, grossing over $5.1 billion, the Hobbs & Shaw spinoff is an adrenaline phenomenon waiting to happen. Going by the trailers, the laws of science and physics mean nothing; and we are here for all of it. Get ready for a full-on action-packed blockbuster featuring three buffed up ‘baddies’ and a badass blonde bombshell.
‘Hobbs and Shaw’ introduces the world to comedic frenemies Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson -who literally pulls a plane out of the sky – and Jason Statham. Additional star power comes from self-proclaimed ‘genetically enhanced black Superman’ Idris Elba -who somehow manages to remain unscathed after crashing through a bus window at top speed on a motorcycle- and Vanessa Kirby who more than matches the energy and force her A list co-stars bring to this movie. It’s worth noting that the flick’s soundtrack is a cut off from Jay-Z’s The Black Album.
The plot references to the main co-stars first beef from 2015’s Furious 7. Lawman Hobbs (Johnson), a loyal agent of America’s Diplomatic Security Service, and lawless mercenary Shaw (Statham), a former British military elite operative, have to figure a way through their animosity to take on Brixton (Elba), a cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist who has gained control of a dangerous bio-threat after besting a brilliant and fearless rogue MI6 agent (Kirby), who just happens to be Shaw’s sister. Naturally Hobbs and Shaw will be serving us plenty of barbs, banter and humour throughout the film as they take on the only guy who might be badder than themselves to save humanity.
Leaving Vin Diesel from the movie was disheartening enough for fans because he has been a critical lead character in the Furious franchise. Still, 2011’s Fast 5 paved way for the sequel blockbuster successes for both 2015’s Furious 7 and 2017’s The Fate of the Furious’. Critics are more than willing to wager that ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ will also break blockbuster records.
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw was directed by Deadpool 2‘s David Leitch. It opens in theatres on Aug. 2.
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