Fast and Furious: Hobbs and Shaw Review: An exaggerated action show, minus the emotional depth of the series & rsquo; zenith

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A decade and four months ago, the Fast and Furious series was practically dead. The fourth article of the same name – the second from director Justin Lin – had received the worst reviews of the series so far, including criticism of the pure CGI quality of the Action sequences was directed. But surprisingly, Lin Fast and Furious got back on the road to success with Fast Five. Fast Five was the franchise's first real hit and paved the way for future entries that came out as immediate blockbusters. (The three films have since accounted for more than two-thirds of the total profit.) Fast and Furious is now big enough to warrant its own spin-off, and that's exactly what matters Hobbs and Shawwith the title characters of Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham.

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Fast Five not only brought Fast and Furious back to life, but also enabled the franchise to enter the fantasy and science fiction area. Do you remember the endless runway in Fast & Furious 6? Or the jump between three buildings in Furious 7? Hobbs and Shaw Director David Leitch – best known for Deadpool 2, Charlize Theron star Atomic Blonde and John Wick – knows that very well. And the authors – Fast and Furious veteran Chris Morgan and Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) – and the spin-off are based entirely on what is not even shy anymore. The villain Brixton (Idris Elba, from Luther), is equipped with the latest technology that literally makes him superhuman. No wonder that he is a self-proclaimed "black superman" or is called a terminator by others.

To top it off, Brixton also has an autonomous motorcycle that apparently can access satellite data and calculate listening routes at any time. All of this leads to action sequences in Fast and Furious: Hobbs and Shaw, who willingly reject physics and make it completely cartoon-like. This is in line with the franchise's later endeavors, but the problem for the Fast and Furious spin-off is that its standards are not self-contained. Instead of designing a scene that was extensively provided with storyboards and then perfectly shot and edited – which Leitch aimed well John Wick and Atomic Blonde, but not with Deadpool 2 – the in Hobbs and Shaw suffer from a lack of fluid. And if the action doesn't go from blow to blow, you lose the moment. In other words, you stop worrying.

Fast and Furious: Hobbs and Shaw opens in London and introduces MI6 agent Hattie Shaw (Vanessa Kirby from The Crown) – the younger sister of Statham's Deckard Shaw – and leads a team that fights a deadly virus. Things run sideways after Brixton shows up to take the virus, causing Hattie to inject and flee the virus. It's good enough for the two new characters the audience doesn't know, as it creates their credentials neatly and concisely. It then switches to those that most viewers already know and gives us an overview of their activities. Hobbs spends time with his nine-year-old daughter who has questions about her family while Shaw goes to jail to see his mother (Helen Mirren, who returns from Fast & Furious 8) is itching to get out.

Pretty soon, the two are attracted to the CIA to find the fleeting Hattie branded as a villain by the MI6. Both declare that they work alone and reject the idea of ​​a partner. You don't have to see the previous Fast and Furious films where Johnson and Statham appeared to understand why Hobbs and Shaw don't get along, but the film plays better when you do. Of course they have to work together – the film is called Hobbs and Shaw For a reason – and it's her comedic, artful banter that drives almost all of the film's humor. After all, Universal Pictures granted them their own spin-off. But that sense of humor, although it may be getting old in previous main entries, is thin in Fast and Furious: Hobbs and Shaw because it's the only thing on offer.

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Morgan and Pearce also clearly recognized this during the writing process, which explains the extended surprise cameos of the actors with whom Johnson and Leitch had previously worked – we won't say who they are – to provide additional humorous support. But these cameos feel grafted into the narrative as a comic relief and acknowledge that they are one-dimensional and do not have the diversity of the ensemble that usually drives Fast and Furious.

Meanwhile, with his fantastic sardonic performance, Elba has only one opportunity to take part in the comedic elements of the film. The rest of the time, he is forced to brood, as he does LutherI work very little with the story, except for a little beef with Shaw and the modulated voice of an evil mastermind, which only appears as the vertical bar of a music equalizer. Elba has such a captivating presence that one can only wonder what he would bring for a relaxed, quick and angry start, and that is a shame Hobbs and Shaw makes no room for him to transition into the larger world.

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Idris Elba in Fast and Furious: Hobbs and Shaw
Photo credit: Daniel Smith / Universal Pictures

Another problem is that the film does not expand the ties that have determined the emotional core of the franchise: the (found) family. For one, Hobbs' daughter and Shaw's mother touch the film. Sure, Shaw's sister plays a central role in the storyline, but this is the first time we've seen her together. We don't have a common history of their relationship. To bridge this family divide, Hobbs and Shaw in the final act, transports his characters to his home on the island of Samoa – filmed in Hawaii – where Hobbs tries to reconcile himself with those he has left. But this story has little meat.

And it doesn't help if the rest of the Fast and Furious family isn't around and the news sounds a bit hollow. It is possible that the ongoing feud between Vin Diesel and Johnson was to blame. The latter admit that they "share a fundamental difference in the way we deal with filmmaking and collaboration." (It's probably why Johnson isn't part of Fast & Furious 9.) If that's why Diesel & Co. don't appear in Hobbs and ShawIt's ironic that a franchise that is reluctant to team up with its worst opponents – Statham & # 39; s Deckard was the bad guy before two films – is now unable to resolve their real differences.

Narratively speaking, the only good thing Hobbs and Shaw As a result, Hattie is never turned into a woman in need, even if the plot could easily have been directed in that direction. It's a good move for the Fast and Furious franchise, which has a notorious, troubled history of portraying, portraying, and treating women on the screen. In fact, both male protagonists regularly turn to women to save them in the film. Unfortunately, Kirby is the only one who plays a prominent role on the screen, and the other actresses – including Eiza González, a famous baby driver – are reduced to cameos.

Though it makes no sense to complain about logic in a franchise that it gave up some time ago, Hobbs and Shaw Willingly writes himself in a corner by setting a 72-hour timer on a catastrophic event. Most of the time is lost before the two main characters even team up with Hattie, and the film spends more time flying its characters around the world, from London to Russia to Ukraine and then to Samoa in Ukraine in the middle of the Pacific Ocean , According to our calculations, this is slightly more than a day and a half in the air. But that's quick and angry, so does it really matter?

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Vanessa Kirby in Fast and Furious: Hobbs and Shaw
Photo credit: Daniel Smith / Universal Pictures

The bigger problem is ultimately that there is no real emotional engagement with the characters on the screen, which is why you notice such action holes. Towards the end of the film, Hobbs explains that it's about people and hearts, while Brixton is about technology. And that's why they will always win. You almost fall for it right now because Johnson is so sincere about his delivery. But quickly and angrily: Hobbs and Shaw have none of these people and their hearts. It cannot represent the philosophy it preaches because it is so interested and determined to be exaggerated that it is essentially considered a brilliant spectacle made with the help of technology.

It's far from the franchise nadir, but it's also far from zenith. Finally, Hobbs and Shaw is a medium-fast and angry entry – and that is not worth much at all.

Fast and furious: Hobbs and Shaw are now traveling in India in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. There are three scenes during the credits. So stay in your seat until the end if you want to catch them.