Hobbs & Shaw won’t win the franchise any new fans, but it’s doubtful it will lose it any either
In a never-ending world where not enough cars have been driven, and explosions don’t fill screens like candy from a pinata, films like Hobbs & Shaw are original pieces of engaging action. But we don’t live in a world like that, we live in the opposite, and with production companies still pumping their muscles full of cash for these all-out flicks, this isn’t going to change for some time. Fast And Furious 9, 10 and a further spin off have been green-lit, so expect Marvel levels of film reel from this already flagging horse to eventually seep out of the gaping hole Fast And Furious creates every other year.
Yet, these features are never as bad as their premise suggests, because the premise is so entirely worn. Expectations from critics are often unable to go lower, and the quality will always be there in some way. So the cyclical vision of the Fast And Furious films will go on, indefinitely.
Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) have to put their dislike for each other behind them as they are ordered to team up in a race to save Shaw’s sister Hattie (Vanessa Kirby) from Brixton Lore (Idris Elba), a cyborg terrorist tracking her down for the toxin she has injected into herself.
Hobbs & Shaw tries to shake that up a little, using less of the well known cast and more focus on Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. It’s written with a tendancy to lean toward backstory and family, with heart winning out over power and technology. It is of course all utter crud, and the story is literally filler for the ridiculous things they have chosen to spend the boundless budget on this particular time, but it’s filler that isn’t complete garbage and looks pretty, giving it some bizarre working formula.
It’s just as easy/difficult to recommend as any other of the franchise’s work, and offers the delightful introduction of Vanessa Kirby into the world, but beyond that there’s so little new it’s not necessarily worth commenting on. By now everyone who knows they will enjoy it will have already pencilled in an evening to spend watching, while everyone else will get on with their lives. Hobbs & Shaw won’t win the franchise any new fans, but it’s doubtful it will lose it any either.
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