Everyone loves a buddy movie. But this summer, Hobbs & Shaw might have created a whole new genre – ‘the frenemy flick’.
Having butted heads and bickered their way through the late-period Fast & Furious films, Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham)’s first spin-off mission is going to be action-movie gold and here's what to expect from one of the best action-duo ever assembled...
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No sane human resources department would put short-tempered Los Angeles lawman Hobbs and wise-cracking cockney assassin Shaw in the same room, let alone pack them off on a perilous mission on which humanity’s very survival depends.
But it’s precisely that forehead-slapping mismatch that makes Hobbs & Shaw so magnetic.
Anyone can overload a movie with star-power but Hobbs & Shaw is all about the leads: Dwayne Johnson, the tough-but-twinkly action titan who turned The Mummy, Jumanji and Rampage into box-office gold and Jason Statham, the gravel-voiced national treasure who’s slugged his way through The Transporter, The Meg and more.
“I think people like to see oil and water merge,” Statham told Entertainment Weekly. “These characters are larger than life, so to try to cork up their egos to work together is not an easy task.”
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A high-stakes plot
Action films are only as good as their baddie and in Idris Elba’s Brixton Lore, Hobbs & Shaw has a doozy of a villain.
Proclaiming himself the ‘Black Superman’, bonkers Brit, Brixton, is a rogue MI6 agent armed with genetically-enhanced superpowers, a deadly biological weapon capable of wiping out half the population – and a king-sized ego.
Expect this game of cat-and-two-mice to spill all over the planet, from fights on mile-high skyscrapers to a dust-up in Hobbs’ island home of Samoa.
The best car chases on Earth
Hobbs & Shaw has Fast & Furious DNA in its veins – and it shows. If you loved the original franchise, and have come to watch automobile exotica destroyed in ever-more-imaginative ways, you will not be disappointed.
Just check out the trailer highlight where a daisy-chain of four hotrods are dangled over a cliff edge by a smoke-belching helicopter – and tell us your heart isn’t going like a woodpecker.
An actioner that’s genuinely funny
Hobbs & Shaw isn’t just fast and furious, it’s also seriously funny. Instead of humourless hulks dispatching bad guys with a grimace, our boys smash action into comedy – often in the same scene.
Take the skyscraper punch-up where Hobbs battles an army of abseiling terrorists – and tries to ignore Shaw pulling faces from the elevator. Or the moment when Hobbs pings his frenemy from a jet fighter on an ejector seat (“You have no idea how long I’ve been waiting to do that!”).
You’ll be grinning from ear to ear throughout this full-throttle buddy blockbuster.