Yet another Fast and Furious film crashes onto our screens. Although, leaving the original franchise a new spin-off results in just Hobbs and Shaw in the centre. Hobbs and Shaw have already shown us the hatred between each other from ‘Fast and Furious 8’, but they are forced to reminisce and work together when the world is about to come to another end in this film.
Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham return as Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw and have to work together when a new threat has risen. Everything went wrong in a mission to collect a secret virus when they were interrupted by the “bad guy” aka Brixton (Idris Elba). Instead, in a panic, one of the agents injects herself with the virus to stop Brixton from getting his hands on it. Although, it’s too easy for Brixton to spin the story, claiming that she is the one who has killed her own team and she is the enemy. This sounds like a lot of potential in a storyline, but actually once Hobbs and Shaw are on team, it all seems extremely easy to track the agent down and ultimately know she is of course not the baddy of the film!
I did love this new addition of this agent, Hattie (Vanessa Kirby). She was a brilliant badass agent on screen, which was great to see against the “alpha males” constantly bickering. Something they definitely put a lot of effort into was these bickering squabbles between Hobbs and Shaw. There’s a clear hatred on screen straight away, although forced a little. The comedy seemed to play within these bitchy comments back and forth. I didn’t think it was hilarious, although some did make me giggle. Moreover, I loved the addition of two stars who grace the screen, which I’ll leave unnamed as they make a happy surprise.
Overall, I do think the plot was a bit weak, it felt a bit confused and all over the place. The main problem I found was that it tried to fit in a lot of backstory of both Hobbs and Shaw. This meant it spent a lot of time trying to explain all the pasts of these characters, which wasn’t so necessary and meant the film had a lot of confusing backstories.
‘Hobbs and Shaw’ is just what it is – an action movie. With that, it does have a lot of action. From car chases with motorbikes, fancy skids under moving lorries, to fight scenes, with fists or guns, and explosions. Explosions are obviously a must in an action film such as this one, right? With this action comes a lot of slow-motion mid-action shots. Perhaps too many, but I quite enjoyed the action it was explosive and packed. As an action film, it’s enjoyable. There’s not much wrong with the film, it was ok and the action is where it is supposed to be, present and fiery. Not the best, not the worst.