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Dwayne Johnson Delivers the Action in 'Hobbs & Shaw'

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Kate
August 2, 2019

Crank up your summer with Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw and get injected with some major movie action from superstar Dwayne Johnson.


This film is filled with over-the-top stunts and explosions--it’s a classic action film from start to finish, with humor and a touch of romance thrown into the mix. The plot develops quickly, somehow without much down time between the major action sequences, which makes for a totally satisfying viewing experience.


The Fast and Furious franchise burst onto the scene in the early 2000s.


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The original 'The Fast and the Furious' (2001) starred Vin Diesel and Paul Walker


The cast was young and beautiful, and the cars were fast and hot. Watching Paul Walker grow throughout the franchise as the troubled cop, Brian, who liked the thrill of the race a little too much, who eventually develops a family with the criminals he’s pursuing, was awesome. The rest of the supporting characters and storylines are just as satisfying. Big names such as Vin Diesel, Ludacris, Michelle Rodriquez, Charlize Thereon (and many more) easily drew viewers to the theater. 


However, as time went on, things changed. There was the well-publicized beef between Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson. Talks of egos and fights amongst the two made movie releases and press tours difficult. Paul Walker’s death proved another more lasting, tragic mark on the franchise. Furious 7 was in filming at the time of his death, so final scenes were filmed using CGI and Paul’s younger brother. One film was made without his character—The Fate of the Furious. It was well received by audiences, despite Walker’s absence, and has a sequel set to release in spring of 2020.


Hobbs & Shaw is the first spinoff film of the Fast & Furious world. There was some question whether it could compete and succeed against the original.


After watching this film, the answer is an outstanding YES


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Hobbs & Shaw AKA Dwayne Johnson & Jason Stathom


This film has everything that makes the Fast & Furious films so fantastic. The lines, the characters, the big car chase scenes and intense ass kicking scenes. The banter between Hobbs & Shaw is hilarious. They still don’t like each other, and once again, are forced to work together to save the world. However this time, Shaw’s sister joins the fight.


We’ve already encountered his mother and brother in previous Fast films, and his sister, Hattie, is cut from the same material as the rest of his family. She’s tough, funny and beautiful-- a female character who doesn’t wait to be saved by a man. And Vanessa Kirby definitely holds her own in the film opposite Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham


Idris Elba rounds out the cast as the villain, the self-proclaimed “black Superman”. His character is strong and ruthless, with one goal in mind—to revolutionize the human race and bring it to perfection with the help of technology. The chemistry between the main characters was fun to watch--they all brought their own magic to the film. 


As expected, the ending of the film reveals the setup for a sequel. It seems we haven’t seen the last of Hobbs & Shaw, and that’s probably a good thing. 


Perfect summer action fun! Have you seen it? Share your thoughts in the comments below.


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