The latest entry in the “Fast and Furious” franchise delivers on the fights, humor and ludicrous action one has come to expect from these films.
“Fast and Furious Presents Hobbs and Shaw” is a spinoff from the usual franchise, which is focused on Dwayne Johnson’s federal agent Hobbs and Jason Statham’s mercenary Shaw. The two are forced to work together to recover a pandemic virus that could kill millions.
Because that’s what happens when deadly viruses could possibly be exposed to the public. Two guys who have run afoul of the law are sent to retrieve it.
But that’s what you have to do when you go into this movie. Suspend your disbelief and just enjoy the ride. If you haven’t figured it out by now, “Fast and Furious” stopped caring about little things like physics a long, long time ago.
The main villain set to get his hands on the virus for his mysterious bosses is literally a cyborg, played by Idris Elba. He is a former ally of Shaw’s, who turned his back on him and Shaw was forced to shoot him in the head.
The film is enjoyable because Johnson and Statham each have an overabundance of charisma. Elba’s a very talented actor to carry his scenes. There is fire, speed and pretty scenery to fill in the rest of the movie.
Insults between Hobbs and Shaw provide many chuckles. In-jokes of Johnson’s past career as The Rock, as well as Statham’s past tough guy roles add even more.
Who needs a sensible plot or the laws of nature when you have all of that?
Beyond all of this, Johnson is able to showcase some of his Samoan culture in the third act. It is a nice nod to a part of the world and a people who are not often featured on screen.
“Hobbs and Shaw” is definitely worth going to see for a good, summertime popcorn film. It is scheduled to continue playing at the Grand Theater in Knoxville at 2 and 6:45 p.m. through Aug. 15.