Thursday, September 19, 2019

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, 2019 - ★★★½

A lot of over the top nonsense including virus-extraction machines that can be repaired by a Samoan mechanic but still survive a helicopter crash, but if you look past all the ridiculous plot elements you'll still have fun watching this movie. Dwayne Johnson is super likable as Luke Hobbs and his awkward ball-busting chemistry with Jason Statham's Deckard Shaw is worth the price of admission alone. The combo of well choreographed action sequences and one-up-man-ship back-and-forth banter is what makes the movie tick. Vanessa Kirby is gorgeous and delightful as the kick-ass sister of Shaw. Her recent turns in this film and the last Mission Impossible prove that she's a bona fide action star that's ready for a lead turn. Thankfully Idris Elba delivers a dependable rugged performance as the film's villain whose motivation and associated sinister syndicate is a bit cloudy.

This movie works as a spin-off to the Fast and Furious franchise but ultimately is just end-of-summer filler. The last third of the movie seems to be forced to take place in Samoa and didn't really work for me. I still had a blast watching it though and it's definitely worth a rental for people who are invested in the Furious saga.

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