Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw

Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw


An overflowing goblet of primo stupid, the gear-headed Fast & Furious franchise actually has a mappable trajectory, away from street racing into gravity-defying heists and Hummers parachuting out of cargo planes. If you’re a ride or die for this kind of stuff, Hobbs & Shaw, the first spin-off, won’t disappoint, even as it strays even further into a fully unbelievable save-the-planet spy comedy. You don’t need to cram any homework. Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham – as, respectively, single dad and counter-terrorist agent Luke Hobbs and finicky hard case Deckard Shaw – don’t exactly have chemistry so much as a constant stream of simmering insults, many of which sting beautifully. When Statham calls Johnson’s Hobbs a'giant tattooed baby, it’s like being on the edge of an about-to-explode Krakatoa.

As it must, the plot throws them together against their will, on the trail of the stolen plague Snowflake, a 'programmable apocalypse' sought by genetically enhanced Mi6-agent-turned-terrorist – just go with it – Brixton Lore (Idris Elba), and carried internally by Hattie, Shaw’s sister and a force of nature in her own right (she’s played by The Crown’s electrifying Vanessa Kirby).

Directed by former Brad Pitt stunt double David Leitch, the movie takes pains to give multiple characters redemption monologues – about as fun as finding a hair in your popcorn. But when it’s skipping from dangerous-looking London street chase to Russian lab break-in to – most deliriously – a last-act Samoan family beatdown involving spears, Hobbs & Shaw finds its one note, the one you came for, and hammers on it effectively.

By Joshua Rothkopf | 05 Aug 2019


Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw
Release DateAugust 01, 2019
DirectorDavid Leitch
CastingDwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba
Film Category Action