Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5

USA, 2019, , Story by , Screenplay by Chris Morgan, , based on characters created by Cinematography by Produced by , , Chris Morgan, Music by Production Design by Costume Design by Film Editing by

Having practically stolen the last Fast and The Furious film away from the main cast with their hostile chemistry, the duo of and , sort of a less vicious Joan Collins and Linda Evans in Dynasty pairing, gets centre stage in this passable action film.  In Los Angeles, Johnson is informed by the FBI that they need his help to track down a deadly bioweapon that has been stolen by an MI:6 agent gone rogue (played by Vanessa Kirby).  In London, Statham gets involved in the same case when he is informed that someone close to him is tied to it, and neither of these two mouthy hunks are thrilled about having to work together again.  When they catch up with Kirby and realize she’s not a player but the one being played, they all team up to travel first to Russia, then Samoa in the hopes of tracking down a nefarious, superhuman villain (Idris Elba) who has dark plans for planet Earth.  The action sequences are big and loud and the perpetual bickering between the two leads is generously placed, but director Kevin Leitch fails to maintain the energy and pace of his superior John Wick and here makes a very choppy and unenthusiastic movie (which is a lot to say about a movie that has trucks form a daisy chain to take down a helicopter).  Most of the verbal stand-offs between the stars seem like they were shot separately and spliced together later, they have zero chemistry as enemies and then even less as friends, while the action sequences are not particularly creative except for the last one, which suffers, like most of the film does, from unconvincing visual effects.  Kirby never seems convinced by either her surroundings or her need to have chemistry with The Rock, while Helen Mirren fares much better in her second cameo in the series.

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