Hobbs and Shaw render the fights, fisticuffs, stunts, chases ridiculously over the top, and redefines adrenaline rush in ways unimaginable.
Hollywood has done it all when it comes to action and special effects, or so you’d think. All you have to do is consume the impossible unquestioningly, with a lot of cheese over your popcorn!
The Fast and Furious spin-off action starring Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson is just that, action. But still is enough to pull the audience into the theatres. Here’s our analysis of this week’s Hobbs and Shaw.
This spin-off of the popular Fast and Furious series has agents Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), who otherwise can’t see eye to eye, reluctantly join hands to save the world from the deadly virus Snowflake and the villainy of Brixton Lore (Idris Elba).
All kinds of improbable technological marvels happen on the side. Besides the cyber-genetically enhanced Brixton, there’s Shaw’s sister and MI6 agent Hattie (Vanessa Kirby), who injects Snowflake into herself and becomes a carrier to save the rest of the humanity. Now what to do with her and the virus?
Neutralize her to stop global contamination… or wrench it out using an extraction device which lies in a factory in Ukraine. Then there are eye-popping, gravity-defying action set-pieces that pile on, one on top of the other. Brixton walking vertically down the high-rise with a much-prized Hattie for company, the mind-bending chase on London streets and, to cap it all, an insane helicopter versus cars/jeeps face-off in the climax.
On The Upside
Hobbs and Shaw set the new gold standard for our own Rohit Shetty, of the smashing car’s fame, to emulate. But the movie also strives to be a complete masala package. Along with action, there is a comedy, romance, and emotion as well. But on the subtext level, Hobbs and Shaw are eventually all about loving your family.
The Shaw siblings huddling together, Hobbs reuniting with the extended family in Samoa and more so with the estranged brother Jonah — the only one who can repair the smashed virus extraction device, and in turn, mend the family dynamics. Eventually, it is about coming home after spending a lifetime running away from it. There is an assortment of characters on the side in this wholesome package.
On The Downside
Unfortunately, everything else except the above does not live up to the audience’s expectations. But if you really expected something else to come out of a film series, sole USP of which is action, then you’re the one to blame!
One-liners and comebacks which were supposed to be funny, fall flat and sound crass. Just don’t take the premise seriously (coz the film itself doesn’t!) and you’ll have a time of your life.
All In All
So how seriously should we take this end-of-the-world exercise? Brixton puts it best — “genocide”, “schemoncide”, call it what you will. For, one thing is sure: this is certainly not the end of the Fast & Furious world.
We’re going 2.5 out of 5 stars. Take an old college buddy with you to the movie coz like me, alone you’ll start analyzing the absurd and what’s the fun in that!