Pros: Good staging of fights; Vanessa Kirby, Kevin Hart and Ryan Reynolds Cons: Terrible dialogue and unfunny jokes; most of the tricks look unrealistic; staging fights evokes mixed feelings; the authors clearly went too far in almost everything Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw / “Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw”
Directed by David Leitch
Cast: Dwayne Johnson (Luke Hobbs), Jason Statham (Deckard Shaw), Idris Elba (Brixton), Vanessa Kirby (Hattie Shaw), Helen Mirren (Magdalene Shaw), Roman Reigns (Mateo Hobbs), Eiza Gonzalez (Madame M), Kevin Hart (Dikli), Ryan Reynolds (Lock), etc.
Студии Chris Morgan Productions, Universal Pictures
Year of release 2019
If you’re already a little confused about The Fast and the Furious and the enemies that Dom Toretto and his family had to fight (Tokyo Drift does add some confusion to the chronology), then first let’s remember who Hobbs and Shaw are. United States Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) appeared in Fast Five (2011), first as an adversary and then as an ally of Toretto, and is currently one of the main characters in the series. Hobbs & Shaw is the fifth film with this hero. We met former SAS soldier Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) in the post-credits scene of Fast & Furious 6, who turned out to be the man who killed Han in Tokyo Drift. Naturally, the House could not leave the murder of a family member unpunished, and the entire Furious 7 is dedicated to the confrontation between the team of Toretto and Deckard Shaw. Already in The Fate of the Furious, when Dom was forced to turn away from his family, it was Shaw who was called to help the team that had lost its leader, and he played a crucial role in the finale of the film, saving the person most dear to Toretto and receiving forgiveness. Deckard Shaw is not yet part of the House team, but he is no longer their enemy. Relations between Hobbs and Shaw remain strained, but you know very well that former enemies quickly become friends, especially if they work together to protect the same woman. That woman in Hobbs & Shaw is Hattie Shaw (Vanessa Kirby), an MI6 agent and the sister of Deckard Shaw.
Tanks, combat drones, submarines… Chris Morgan, screenwriter and producer of most of the films in the Fast & Furious series, continues to raise the temperature. In Hobbs & Shaw, the team of Hobbs and the two Shaws will face something even cooler – Idris Elba’s “Black Superman”. A cybernetically enhanced special forces soldier is faster, stronger and more accurate than an ordinary person, and what’s more, he has access to the almost limitless resources of the secret organization Eteon, which, under the guise of good goals of saving humanity, plans to commit genocide of half of the Earth’s population using a specially designed virus. To prevent the weapon from falling into the hands of the villains, Hattie Shaw injects herself with the virus, and her former enemies have only 72 hours to save the girl and/or the whole world.
Yes, the plot does not shine with originality, but Fast & Furious has never been particularly dramatic. However, Hobbs & Shaw, even against this background, stands out for its simplicity of script solutions, complete disregard for logic and disgusting dialogues. It seems that Chris Morgan was very impressed with Thor: Ragnarok and decided to make his own buddy comedy, but it turned out so-so. If in Thor: Ragnarok Taika Waititi and the writing team managed to find a great balance between fights, stupid gags and really funny jokes, then the Hobbs & Shaw team clearly failed.
Let’s be honest, sometimes you wish there were no dialogues at all in Hobbs & Shaw, and fight scenes were interspersed with musical inserts. Firstly, most of the jokes based on the confrontation between the two alpha males Hobbs and Shaw were simply stupid. Secondly, the text that the screenwriters put into the mouths of the characters… to put it mildly… When in the 8th grade I thought that I would become a great science fiction writer, I wrote something similar as an outline of an upcoming novel, a contender for a Hugo, in a thick notebook into a cage. However, no, I did better.
Hobbs & Shaw director and former stuntman and stunt coordinator David Leitch seems to know how to make an action movie. Together with Chad Stahelski, he worked on the very first John Wick (only Stahelski is listed in the credits), in addition, he independently directed the very good Atomic Blonde and Deadpool 2. And Leitch’s next film will be The Division for Netflix, a film adaptation of the Ubisoft game of the same name. And yes, everything seems to be in order with fights and stunts in Hobbs & Shaw… but the authors clearly went too far in almost everything.
If the craziest stunts in the same Furious 7 looked, although complex, but quite doable, moreover, many of them were filmed live with a minimum of visual effects, then Hobbs & Shaw followed in the footsteps of The Fate of the Furious – even bigger, even brighter , even stranger. And if you thought that nothing could be more stupid than chasing the Mriya through an endless takeoff or racing on ice with a nuclear submarine, I have unpleasant news for you… It certainly can! The scene in which Hobbs holds up a helicopter with his bare hands is perhaps the height of bad taste. Although… The secret Eteon base in Pripyat with eight cooling towers standing in even rows (there are only two of them at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant) is also something. We probably won’t say anything about the fact that the film’s characters move around the planet using a hyperloop or personal teleporters.
It’s the same with fights and shootings. Yes, they seem to be staged well, but they look too ostentatious. As a result, of all the action episodes, the only ones that are memorable are the doctor with the flamethrower and the short fight between Hattie Shaw and Luke Hobbs. In general, Vanessa Kirby (you may have seen the actress in the TV series The Crown as Princess Margaret) fit into the action movie very well, and for me personally it brightened up the viewing of Hobbs & Shaw at least a little.
Vanessa Kirby, Helen Mirren returning as Magdalene Shaw, Kevin Hart as the all-powerful Air Marshal Dikli and Ryan Reynolds playing FBI agent Loki are the best things about this film. Alas, Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, who seemed to have developed so well in the previous film in the series, do not hold up at all. No, they have a couple of good jokes throughout the film, but, frankly, this is not enough.
Hobbs & Shaw is perhaps the dumbest and most tasteless Fast & Furious (and no, I don’t think parts 4-7 are bad) and will undoubtedly do well at the box office. The box office may not reach $1 billion, but the film is quite capable of $500-600 million. Which means the show will go on.
Fast & Furious 9 awaits us on May 22, 2020, and Fast & Furious 10 is scheduled for April 2, 2021. A female spin-off of the series is in the works. And this fall, the animated series Fast & Furious: Spy Racers will be released on Netflix, the main character of which will be Tony Torreto, Dom’s cousin. By the way, judging by the trailer, Spy Racers will be more about racing than the last few films in the main series. And that’s probably a good thing. We’re a little tired of saving the world.
PS Yes, there is a direct hint at the spin-off sequel in the final scene.
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