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Hobbs & Shaw

The ‘Fast and the Furious’ film franchise has been an enormous success. Since 2001, the series has grown more eager to provide over the top spectacle. After eight movies, the sight of fast cars doing all manner of feats has yet to fall out of favour. Evidence of this audience appreciation is seen in ‘Hobbs & Shaw’. The first spin-off from the series, it’s no less outrageous with muscle bound he-men and women causing calamity.

Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) is a federal agent reluctantly working with assassin turned mercenary Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham). They are forced to work together due to Deckard’s sister Hattie (Vanessa Kirby) being an MI6 agent. On the trail of evil criminal mastermind Brixton Lore (Idris Elba), the trio need to stop his plans for world terror. With guns, pecs and cars at the ready, their presence ensures chaos lands in city streets.

Any movie featuring Johnson and Statham won’t ever be considered high art. Not they would care as ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ is the same as their other outings. Dumb, totally over the top with plot holes to drive a tank through. That’s part of the macho charm of these films with the performances making way for amazing stunts and visceral action.

David Leitch directs ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ with an appropriately light touch relying on the leads’ chemistry. Their banter is what makes ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ consistently engaging viewing. These moments enable the scenes between the spectacular action to fly. There’s little time to breathe with the cast, including the always strong Idris Elba), clearly enjoying spouting the often ridiculous dialogue.

You know exactly what you’ll get with ‘Hobbs & Shaw’. Like a frosty cake that might be bad for you, it’s still edible viewing regardless. A ‘guilty pleasure’ film of the highest order, it shows the ‘Fast and the Furious’ films show no signs of moving into cinema’s slow lane.

Rating out of 10: 6

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