Sometimes opposites make the best partners. Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson – Fighting With My Family, Skyscraper) is a lawman who has a strict moral code while Brit Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham – Furious 7, Spy) has been cast out of MI6. When you add in Shaw’s kick ass MI6 agent sister, Hattie (Vanessa Kirby – from television’s The Crown), and baddie Brixton (Idris Elba – Thor: Ragnarok, Star Trek Beyond) you get plenty of fast paced action.
MI6 agent Hattie Shaw is after a virus called “The Snowflake”, but comes up against the cybernetically enhanced Brixton, who can sense them coming. To get away Hattie injects herself with the deadly virus. Brixton has successfully framed her as the traitor as a result.
Lawman Luke Hobbs and outcast Deckard Shaw are also on the hunt for the virus. When it becomes apparent that they are after the same thing it is suggested that they work together. Being polar opposites, Hobbs and Shaw dismiss the idea as ridiculous. Then, begrudgingly, agree.
After a scuffle they manage to capture Hattie and bring her back to CIA headquarters for questioning. Brixton shows up and a fight ensues. Shaw recognizes Brixton as a former colleague who was believed dead. The three flee the altered human.
The people Brixton works for, Eteon, have managed to frame Hobbs, Shaw and Hattie as traitors. They are now on the run. Now they have to get the virus out of Hattie and clear their names.
For fans of the Fast & Furious, this is a stand-alone offshoot, the action sequences will seem familiar to you. Meaning that you will enjoy all the chases and fights involved here. This is like a spy version of that film series.
Like F&F the action is why you are here. Don’t expect much from the story. In terms of believability it ranks rather low. Suspend belief to get through the sometimes muddled story. Though there is some old school style buddy comedy going on to supply some diversion in between the shooting and fistacuffs. Plus the chemistry between Johnson and Statham elevates this to a watchable action film whose main purpose is to entertain rather than make you think.
-Johnson & Statham: Hobbs & Shaw
-Progress of a Fight Scene with Director David Leitch
-The Bad Guy
-Hobbs’ Family Tree
-Stunt Show and Tell
-Keeping it in the Family: A Conversation with Roman and Dwayne
-Dwayne and Hobbs: Love at First Bite
-Feature Commentary with Director David Leitch