Directed by: David Leitch
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby, Helen Mirren
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Release date: 02 August 2019
Running Time: 136 Minutes
Budget: $200 million
Hobbs & Shaw is a 2019 American action film directed by David Leitch and written by Chris Morgan and Drew Pearce, based on a story by Morgan. Starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham as the titular Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw, it is a spin-off of The Fast and the Furious franchise centered around their characters introduced in the main series. Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby, and Helen Mirren also star.
Series star and producer Vin Diesel first said in 2015 that possible spin-offs were in early development, and Hobbs & Shaw was officially announced in October 2017. Leitch signed on to direct in April 2018, and Kirby and Elba both joined the cast that July. Filming began in September and lasted through January 2019, mostly taking place in London and Glasgow. Universal Pictures will theatrically release Hobbs & Shaw in the United States on August 2, 2019.
Hobbs & Shaw Movie Plot:
Two years after they assisted Dominic Toretto and his crew in defeating Cipher, federal agent Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw have departed in two different directions; Hobbs continues working as a Diplomatic Security Services agent, while struggling to keep his relationship with his daughter functional. Deckard has returned to London, his home.
In London, Deckard meets with his mother Magdalene, who encourages him into assisting his sister Hattie, who is an MI6 agent.
Deckard reluctantly agrees, and, goes to meet Hattie. However, she is pursued by an army of heavily armed soldiers through the streets of London. Once Hobbs arrives to provide aid, Hattie informs them of her mission; she was tasked by MI6 to follow the tracks of Brixton Lore, an MI6 operative gone rogue, who has become a wanted terrorist leader equipped with highly advanced technology that grants him superhuman abilities.
Hobbs confirms Hattie’s words, adding that Brixton is suspected for pursuing a biological agent which enables its user to exterminate humanity. Brixton arrives, and uses his abilities to defeat the trio while taking the agent.
Hattie receives information about Brixton’s hideout location; the Eggborough power station, located in North Yorkshire. There, Lore’s scientists using the biological agent in order to initiate Brixton’s plan. With additional MI6 reinforcements en route, Hobbs and Shaw attack and destroy the station. However, Brixton pursues them and defeats them once again.
Hobbs takes the Shaw siblings to an island where his family resides, where they are assisted by Madame M, a billionaire who tells them about Lore’s technology. On the island, Hobbs’ family are using spears, knives and swords to defend themselves instead of guns which were sold by Hobbs’s mother. In his headquarters, Lore is informed by his scientists that the biological agent is fake and discovers it was replaced by Hattie earlier in London.
Lore arrives to the island with his army, and Hobbs’s family attack all of them but not before Lore explains he wills to use the virus in order to wipe out most of the humanity in order to allow Earth to survive due to the longtime damage humanity does. Lore orders a helicopter and attempts to escape but Hobbs and Shaw chases Lore. During the pursuit, Hobbs throws a chain which wraps around the helicopter’s left wing, and Hobbs’s family chains the truck to their car, in an attempt to bring down the helicopter. It loses control and is then sent crashing down, pulling Shaw’s car with it. The duo survives, as does Lore. Healing from his wounds, wrathful Brixton storms toward the duo brutally and engages them in a long fight which ends with Hobbs unleashing the biological agent inside Lore’s body, killing him.
After MI6 thanks the duo, Hobbs announces he is retiring and says goodbye to Shaw before returning to his daughter. Deckard then says goodbye to his sister, who will continue serving MI6. Deckard then leaves London for the United States.
Two men discuss the recent events, while Cipher is preparing for her next attack against Toretto and reveals she was the mastermind behind Brixton’s operations throughout their entirety.
Hobbs & Shaw Movie Trailer:
“Nothing succeeds like excess” is the mantra that has contributed to the blockbuster status of all eight installments of this tyre-screeching franchise. And it’s just more of the same in this first standalone spinoff in the Fast & Furious series.
Notable primarily for pairing super-sized American lawman (Dwayne Johnson) with his former British adversary (Jason Statham), …Hobbs & Shaw is an interminable 135 minutes of tedium.
The action hurtles across several exotic locations, including Samoa, where the preposterous proceedings culminate.
It seems that the titular odd couple must not only prevent a deadly virus from falling into the hands of a genetically enhanced terrorist (Idris Elba) but also rescue a lithe government agent (Vanessa Kirby, stealing the show from her male co-stars) from the jaws of death.
The banter between the two leads is feeble, the martial arts skirmishes sloppy and the stunts only sporadically thrilling. Here’s hoping the high-octane torch will shine more brightly in the next iteration, due for release in May 2020.