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Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

In this explosive addition to the Fast and Furious franchise, two men (Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham) must come together to protect “the world” (their words) from a supervirus that will destroy more than half of the population. In its best moments, this film contains everything a two-hour-long action-packed adventure should: buildings are blown up, fight sequences that are elaborately choreographed, inappropriate jokes are made. But more times than not this film trips over its superhero tropes. The two heroes' love-hate relationship keeps the film moving during its dryest moments, but the fun of watching two abnormally strong men kicking butt is drained by lengthy speeches about family and love. Callbacks to previous installments in the franchise are a joy, and the exploration of Johnson’s cultural roots before the biggest fight scene in the film is a different take that works. This film occasionally soars, but a few trips along the way keep it from flying.

Credits

Director:

  • David Leitch

Cast:

  • Dwayne Johnson
  • Jason Statham
  • Vanessa Kirby
  • Idris Elba
  • Eiza González

Writers:

  • Chris Morgan
  • Drew Pearce

Producers:

  • Ainsley Davies
  • Chris Morgan
  • Dany Garcia
  • Debra James
  • Dwayne Johnson
  • Ethan Smith
  • Hiram Garcia
  • Jason Statham
  • Kathy Chasen-Hay
  • Kelly McCormick
  • Neal H. Moritz
  • Steven Chasman
  • Viet Luu

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