Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw Is For People Who Love Action Movies

Director David Leitch is a veteran stuntman

Terri Lee-Sylvester
August 02, 2019 - 10:28 am
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DETROIT (WWJ) - Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is an action movie for people who love action movies.  It's directed by David Leitch, who also directed Deadpool 2 and John Wick.  Leitch is a veteran stuntman who eventually moved to the other side of the camera as a stunt coordinator and second unit director.  As you'll certainly be able to tell when you see this movie, his experience as a stunt man is well on display.

If you're a fan of the Fast & Furious movies, it's well know from their scenes in those movies that Hobbs & Shaw are two polar opposites, and that's one reason why they're always butting heads.  Starting with first meeting in 2015's Furious 7, the two have never gotten along; hence their epic showdown that landed Hobbs in the hospital and later, Shaw, in a super-max prison.  

So how do the two mortal enemies end up working together?  Chemistry and good writing!  While originally, there were plans for a Hobbs spinoff, that all changed once the chemistry between stars Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham became apparent.  

In their latest on-screen pairing, the feds need help tracking down a top secret biological weapon.  The weapon goes missing when the mission to retrieve it goes horribly wrong.  It ends up in the hands of a rogue MI6 agent, who is being tracked by cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton Lorr, played by Idris Elba.  Since Hobbs & Shaw have their own way of doing things, and neither wants to be told what to do, the story ends up being just as much about the two of them refusing to work together as it is about them them finally joining forces to go up against Brixton and try to save Hattie, the MI6 agent.

Since this movie is an offshoot of the Fast & Furious franchise, you already know there are spectacular chase scenes.  And since Johnson and Statham have both carved out careers based on their tough-guy personas, there's no shortage of fight scenes either.

If you're a big fan of their movies and you love Idris Elba too, then add this movie to your must-see list.

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