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

Posted  Aug. 2, 2019  by  Justin-Velasquez

The Fast & the Furious series has become one of Hollywood’s most financially successful film franchises, which is a surprise since at times it’s less realistic than a typical superhero film. Despite that, it’s popular enough that two supporting characters, Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), now have their own film. Obviously, despite being bit players in the F&F series, Johnson and Statham are major film stars, so it seemed inevitable a spin-off franchise would arise. It helps that the actors are Hollywood superstars, but their characters share great chemistry that’s oddly based on their mutual dislike for one another.

For this possible franchise starter, Hobbs and Shaw are forced to team up to stop an evil organization from unleashing a deadly virus that can infect the entire world within days. The bad guys are represented by Brixton Lore (Idris Elba) a self-proclaimed “Black Superman” who has a wealth of superhuman strength and resources to aid in his attempt to evolve the human race (because that’s the gospel he’s spitting to those who care to listen). Most of the film is a loud and destruction-filled game of cat and mouse, as the virus is housed inside the body of Hattie Shaw (Vanessa Kirby), an MI6 field agent framed by Brixton when he tried to steal the virus. Hattie also happens to be Deckard’s kid sister, so there’s an obvious family element akin to F&F. So as Hobbs, Shaw and Hattie run from Brixton in order to buy time to extract the virus and get it to someplace safe, they leave a path of destruction that’s both massive and comical.

In keeping with the F&F series, Hobbs & Shaw stresses the importance of family. What’s interesting is that both men have strained relationships with their respective families – we learn Hobbs hasn’t spoken with his family in Samoa in years; Deckard and Hattie haven’t been close since Deckard, a former MI6 agent himself, went rogue. Besides trying to save the world, director David Leitch (Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2) takes time to resolve his stars’ family problems, a ...

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