Fast and Furious Present: Hobbs and Shaw is a ridiculous intense filled eye-popping summer blockbuster that is sure to please the masses. The best way to describe watching the film is imagining doing shots of tequila with Dwayne Johnson, attempting to bench press 350 pounds, and then riding on the world’s most colossal roller coaster for about two hours. You are exhausted yet satisfied. Don’t go in expecting high art and embrace the universe for what it is. Director David Leitch has masterfully helmed such thriller as Atomic Blonde and delivers another winner for action starved fans.
Chris Morgan is charged with setting the stage with what looks to be a Fast and Furious universe expansion. Morgan realizes profoundly on what fans are drawn to the most when it concerns Hobbs and Shaw, and that’s chemistry. It’s hard to recreate, and these two are hysterical on screen. The film centers on a super virus and how Hobbs sister (Vanessa Kirby) came into possession of it. All three of them are being tracked by a secret agency that outfits humans with superhero qualities. Idris Elba plays a super-soldier who has ties to Shaw. While the storyline is pretty straight forward, the action is off the charts.
One of my concerns about the film is that we did have action sequences that seemed a bit too long. For example, the final battle in Samoa easily could have been lessened by about 10 minutes. I wouldn’t say it hampered my enjoyment of the piece; it just was noticeable in certain moments. Did the dialogue at times come off a bit cheesy? Yes, but that is the case in most action movies. When you pay to see Fast and Furious Present: Hobbs and Shaw, it’s to see a relentless action-filled spectacle. Leitch’s latest film delivers that in spades.
Overall, I certainly appreciated the film for the entertainment value it delivered. I do have concerns about the likely drubbing the film will take on Rotten Tomatoes. Some of my fellow critics don’t remember what it was like to sit in a theater without our notebooks. Appreciate Fast and Furious Present: Hobbs and Shaw for what it is and nothing more. An explosive finale to the summer movie season.