Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw Full Movie (2019)

Hobbs & Shaw : Movie latest iteration of the Fast and Furious franchise is unexpectedly fun, spinning off characters played by Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham from the seventh and eighth films.

 

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It gives us a fair bit of gonzo action, a hair-raising London chase scene, some transatlantic alpha-male squabbling, a cheerfully silly plot MacGuffin – and for the first two thirds the whole thing hums like a hi-tech top. The movie is a bit overextended, and the action runs out of steam in the final battle, but it delivers some bangs and laughs for your buck.

You’ve got to appreciate a movie that doesn’t take itself seriously. And, man, “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” is definitely about as ridiculous as a movie can be, for better or worse.

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There is no confusing exactly what this film thinks of itself within the first few moments, like when Idris Elba’s Brixon introduces himself as, “I’m the bad guy.” He doesn’t really need a name because, as with most villains in your average action movie, he’s just the guy you’re supposed to hate right away. So why waste time with formalities — or character development, for that matter?

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When we meet the brawny tough guy, he’s in the midst of cracking heads and tearing apart limbs because he desperately needs a virus to annihilate the planet by a certain deadline — classic action movie bad guy ambition. You’re probably asking, but wouldn’t that mean he would die too? Nope, because this villain is mechanically enhanced. So he’s, like, part human but mostly robot.

The mountainous Johnson plays a tough federal agent who likes philosophy, reads Nietzsche, is called Hobbs and has a CIA handler called Lock! (I assume Lock’s name is spelt without an E or the gag wouldn’t be consistent with Hobbs, but it isn’t easy to tell because Lock, played by Ryan Reynolds, appears to be uncredited.) Hobbs is unwillingly teamed up with his old frenemy Shaw (Statham) and together they have to take down Brixton, a bionic cyborg played by Idris Elba.

 

 Released on 1 August in the UK and Australia, and 2 August in the US.

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Another of the most tangible connections to previous Fast & Furious movies comes in the form of Helen Mirren, who plays Deckard’s mother Queenie. Mirren made an uncredited cameo appearance in The Fate of the Furious as Magdalene Shaw, and is slated to appear in Fast & Furious 9, while she also references her other son, Owen, who appeared in Fast & Furious 6 and who was the major factor in Deckard’s rivalry with Hobbs and the rest of the Fast family.

Ultimately, if you have time to spare and are feeling committed to the Fast & Furious franchise, then it would be worth watching Fast & Furious 7 and The Fate of the Furious before seeing Hobbs & Shaw, but it’s certainly not necessary to do so and not having seen any previous Fast & Furious movies won’t stop you from understanding (and hopefully enjoying) this one.

FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS HOBBS AND SHAW

Hobbs & Shaw arrives in cinemas this weekend, but which Fast & Furious movies do you need to see in order to understand it? Starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Jason Statham, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is the first spin-off from the mainline Fast & Furious series, which has eight movies so far (with Fast & Furious 9 in the works).

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Hobbs & Shaw finds Johnson and Statham reprising their Fast & Furious roles as Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw respectively, two enemies who must now work together when Shaw’s sister, Hattie (Vanessa Kirby), is targeted by a rogue assassin who proclaims himself “Black Superman”, Brixton Lore (Idris Elba). Although this is in the same universe as the previous Fast & Furious movies, Hobbs & Shaw is a standalone adventure.

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With Hobbs and Shaw now as the focus, rather than being part of the team, it might help to have some further understanding of who the characters are and why they dislike each other so much, but it’s not wholly necessary. The story is brand new and stands apart, the characters are clear as is, and all you really need to know about them is that they don’t get along.

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Another of the most tangible connections to previous Fast & Furious movies comes in the form of Helen Mirren, who plays Deckard’s mother Queenie. Mirren made an uncredited cameo appearance in The Fate of the Furious as Magdalene Shaw, and is slated to appear in Fast & Furious 9Hobbs & Shaw,, while she also references her other son, Owen, who appeared in Fast & Furious 6 and who was the major factor in Deckard’s rivalry with Hobbs and the rest of the Fast family.

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Ultimately, if you have time to spare and are feeling committed to the Fast & Furious franchise, then it would be worth watching Fast & Furious 7 and The Fate of the Furious before seeing Hobbs & Shaw, but it’s certainly not necessary to do so and not having seen any previous Fast & Furious movies won’t stop you from understanding (and hopefully enjoying) this one.

Fast & Furious 9 : Hobbs & Shaw

“Fast & Furious” action heroes Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham are looking to pull off what may be their most over-the-top stunt yet: a successful spinoff from an 18-year-old Hollywood franchise.

 

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Universal Pictures this weekend releases “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw,” the ninth movie in the action-thriller series. Johnson and Statham reprise their roles as lawman Luke Hobbs and mercenary Deckard Shaw, respectively, in their own international adventure that will test the limits of the franchise’s appeal.

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Studios have previously tried to expand their blockbuster film brands with so-called stand-alone movies, but such efforts have produced mixed results. Disney’s high-priced “Solo: A Star Wars Story” grossed a disappointing $392.9 million last year. Paramount Pictures’ “Bumblebee,” based on a “Transformers” character, collected a decent $468 million.

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Hobbs & Shaw,” which hits theaters Thursday, is expected to generate $60 million to $65 million in ticket sales from the U.S. and Canada through Sunday, according to people who have reviewed pre-release audience surveys.

That would be enough to unseat Disney’s computer-generated remake of “The Lion King” as the top movie, domestically. However, it would also be the lowest opening for a “Fast & Furious” movie since 2006’s “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” launched with about $24 million. The latest entry, 2017’s “The Fate of the Furious,” opened with $98.8 million in North America and ended up with $1.24 billion in global grosses off its $250-million budget.

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Though the ticking-clock drama is what propels the characters, screenwriters Drew Pearce (“Iron Man 3”) and Chris Morgan (“The Fate of the Furious”) pretty much rest the entire film on Hobbs and Shaw’s personality and professional clashes as the pair incessantly trade disses. It’s pretty basic. In fact, at one point Hobbs drops something like a “yo’ mama” line, which should give you a sense of the film’s elementary formula.

But again, “Hobbs & Shaw” is very cognizant of what it is, which is also in line with what “Fast & Furious” has always been: an opportunity for alpha men (and women) to exchange insults then eventually hug it out for the sake of some good old-fashioned whoop-ass. The action scenes are where “Hobbs & Shaw” truly excels, like when Brixton is in a high-speed chase on a motorcycle after Hobbs and Shaw in the middle of a crowded street (which all law enforcement has apparently abandoned), and he somehow manages to diagonally snake underneath a gigantic truck without even a scratch. It’s totally a “Mission: Impossible” Tom Cruise move, mixed with some of Christian Bale’s Batmobile tricks in “The Dark Knight.” Which is to say, completely unbelievable, but within the context of this bonkers film, it works.

Credit goes to supervising stunt coordinator Chris O’Hara (“Venom”), who deftly concocts visually impressive scenes, including the incredibly over-the-top penultimate moment that entails Hobbs pulling a helicopter down from the sky with only his arm weight and a chain while dangling on a truck linked to five other cars. It’s ridiculous, but A+ for creativity.

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

You’ve got to appreciate a movie that doesn’t take itself seriously. And, man, “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” is definitely about as ridiculous as a movie can be, for better or worse.

 

There is no confusing exactly what this film thinks of itself within the first few moments, like when Idris Elba’s Brixon introduces himself as, “I’m the bad guy.” He doesn’t really need a name because, as with most villains in your average action movie, he’s just the guy you’re supposed to hate right away. So why waste time with formalities — or character development, for that matter?

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When we meet the brawny tough guy, he’s in the midst of cracking heads and tearing apart limbs because he desperately needs a virus to annihilate the planet by a certain deadline — classic action movie bad guy ambition. You’re probably asking, but wouldn’t that mean he would die too? Nope, because this villain is mechanically enhanced. So he’s, like, part human but mostly robot.

In other words, he’s a formidable nightmare that is curiously humanized when director David Leitch (“Deadpool 2,” “Atomic Blonde”) randomly pans his camera to Elba’s rear end any time the villain is about to give one of his ominous speeches. This never makes sense, but in a genre that usually sexualizes female characters, it is refreshing to see it gender flipped, and by a male filmmaker no less.

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“Hobbs & Shaw” is full of gratuitous action and male eye candy, especially with its title characters played respectively by Dwayne Johnson  and Jason Statham, leftover “Fast & Furious” meathead mercenaries and rivals hired to snuff out Brixton. The addition of Shaw’s sister Hattie (Vanessa Kirby, “The Crown”) complicates things when it’s revealed that she actually has the virus inside her, which means the trio has to race against the clock before she self-destructs.

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As in any “Fast & Furious” film, it’s nice to see that Hattie isn’t the typical damsel in distress, but rather an elusive weaponized agent of sorts who certainly knows how to hold her own in a fight — even when it’s against Hobbs, who’s probably triple her size, but hey.

Though the ticking-clock drama is what propels the characters, screenwriters Drew Pearce (“Iron Man 3”) and Chris Morgan (“The Fate of the Furious”) pretty much rest the entire film on Hobbs and Shaw’s personality and professional clashes as the pair incessantly trade disses. It’s pretty basic. In fact, at one point Hobbs drops something like a “yo’ mama” line, which should give you a sense of the film’s elementary formula.

But again, “Hobbs & Shaw” is very cognizant of what it is, which is also in line with what “Fast & Furious” has always been: an opportunity for alpha men (and women) to exchange insults then eventually hug it out for the sake of some good old-fashioned whoop-ass. The action scenes are where “Hobbs & Shaw” truly excels, like when Brixton is in a high-speed chase on a motorcycle after Hobbs and Shaw in the middle of a crowded street (which all law enforcement has apparently abandoned), and he somehow manages to diagonally snake underneath a gigantic truck without even a scratch. It’s totally a “Mission: Impossible” Tom Cruise move, mixed with some of Christian Bale’s Batmobile tricks in “The Dark Knight.” Which is to say, completely unbelievable, but within the context of this bonkers film, it works.

Credit goes to supervising stunt coordinator Chris O’Hara (“Venom”), who deftly concocts visually impressive scenes, including the incredibly over-the-top penultimate moment that entails Hobbs pulling a helicopter down from the sky with only his arm weight and a chain while dangling on a truck linked to five other cars. It’s ridiculous, but A+ for creativity.