Lawman Luke Hobbs and outcast Deckard Shaw form an unlikely alliance when a cyber-genetically enhanced villain threatens the future of humanity.
That Nomad Shad – The Fast Franchise has evolved from street-racing into a pseudo-superhero spy franchise. Hobbs & Shaw further solidifies this shift, delivering the most ridiculous and utterly entertaining films in the extended franchise.
The film focuses on the titular Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw, who have to track down a virus that has the potential to end all life on earth. In order to do this, they have to find Shaw’s estranged sister, Hattie Shaw, an MI6 agent played by Vanessa Kirby. While Hattie is more than capable of holding her own, the trio is up against a cybernetically enhanced super soldier, Brixton Lore, played by Idris Elba. The trio has to find a way to stop the virus from being released while saving Hattie’s life in the process. If this sounds familiar, then you might want to check out Mission: Impossible II for a hint of nostalgia. Despite this ludicrous plot, the film works. It embraces the sheer insanity of its narrative and characters and just has fun with it.
The film thrives on two things its over-the-top nature and the banter between its character. Director David Leitch truly gets to flex with the film’s action set pieces, each seemingly trying to top the previous. From the Hobbs and Shaw chasing down Lore down the side of a skyscraper to a buggy being flipped to block gunfire, the film WILL keep you entertained. The thrills come in barrels and not once would you question the realism behind any of the madness. It’s just glorious mind-numbing popcorn entertainment.
Arguably the best part of the film is the banter between Hobbs and Shaw, both of these testosterone-fueled alpha males trying to one-up each other akin to the buddy cop films of the nineties. The Rock and Statham proving to be a powerful comedic pairing atop their natural machismo.
Hobbs & Shaw proves to be one of the most fun entries into the extended Fast Franchise. It executes a tried and tested formula with such bombastic insanity to deliver one of this year’s most entertaining spectacles.
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