Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw- Fists & Family Fest

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw- Fists & Family Fest

Movie Name
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
David Leitch
Action, Adventure
02 hours 15 minutes

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw Review

One isn't sure what writers Chris Morgan and Drew Pearce contributed to the 9th edition of the speed franchise. Sitting here in Mumbai, I could've told director David Leitch to intersperse his forte of fifth gear action with family estrangements & reconciliations. Especially with a line so familiar to Indian audiences where a mother looks at her hunky son and goes, ‘Kitna doobla patla ho gaya hai tu.' The Hollywood version has Dwayne Johnson's Mamma in Samoa exclaiming, "Look at you, all skin and bones."

It's also a comfort zone because David Leitch is the Hollywood counterpart of our very own Rohit Shetty. Both men are stunt coordinators-turned-directors who have a passion for mind-numbing speed and blowing up cars, buildings et al. So we know what turns them on.

Of course, what I could not have done was to pepper the whole fare with those crispy put-downers that Luke Hobbs (Dwyane) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) keep hurling at each other. That was funny and witty though so expected. To show they are mirror images of each other, Hobbs in LA and Shaw in London are introduced with a split screen where they're doing more or less the same things in different continents, even spouting the same lines when they're contacted by central agencies to come together and fight the new threat to the world.

The mandatory save-the-world is centredaround Brixton, a villain who's neither a human nor really a robot, just a bionically enhanced lethal version of himself who's unstoppable. He's got his hands on a virus called Snowflake that'll destroy the world, melt everybody's organs and create what Brixton's convinced will be a superior world.

There is one more condition that all screenplays have to bow down to: there has got to be a kickass woman in the plot, as good as the men, with a hint that she'll have even more to do the next time around.

And so, Leitch begins with a superb set piece around MI6 agent Hattie who can pulverize an army of men until Brixton, the Black Superman, strides in with his evil eyes focused on the virus. Hattie has to flee. And intelligence agencies on both sides of the Atlantic think she's gone rogue.

When Shaw meets his Mamma in jail and she laments that he's not been on talking terms with his sister, you know that he'll be back by the end credits with his sibling for a tearful family reunion.

Hobbs isn't far behind with his own reunion in Samoa and a sob story about leaving home.

But, despite the predictability and the implausibility of the super action, the frivolity is so omnipresent that you can't help but sit back, let your brains go into auto pilot, and enjoy the wackiness.

Of course, watching ‘clean family man' Dwayne Johnson is a huge reason to keep watching the screen. The chemistry between him and Statham who can't stand each other is better than any between a man and woman. Idris Elba is a neat addition as red-eyed Brixton and Vanessa Kirby sure can kick ass as Hattie.

Disclaimer: We are proud that LehrenTV reviewer Bharathi S Pradhan has been appointed an advisory member of the prestigious CBFC. However, her reviews reflect her personal appraisal of a film and do not in any way speak on behalf of the Censor Board.

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The Verdict

For a fast-paced film that lives up to all that the brand name stands for but doesn’t make any significant value addition, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw gets a 3* rating.


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