Introducing the 9th instalment in the Fast & Furious franchise, only this time fans are given a spin-off movie featuring Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham). The two are forced to work together after they become aware of a virus which could wipe out all humanity. The deadly virus is currently stored inside the body of Shaw’s sister, an MI6 agent. She and the virus require protection from an enhanced villain (or as he calls himself, a black Superman) played by Idris Elba.
After the success of seeing the two leading characters interact with each in “Fate of the Furious”, I was generally pleased to hear the two would return with their very own film. As you would expect to be a part of the world of Fast & Furious, the film is loaded with insane (and rather far fetched) action sequences. But the key for this film simply is the chemistry of Hobbs & Shaw, who are always “roasting” one another because they hate the idea of working with each other.
The film also tries to bring more depth to both leads, but it all relates to talking about their family and relationships. While this idea sounds good, it all comes off very cheesy, and the film becomes predictable, leaving you knowing what’s going to happen before the credits come on the screen.
Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) appears to be more overconfident about himself than what I remember. There are countless times where I rolled my eyes because Hobbs has to say a “one-liner” to everyone before he swings a hard punch at a bad guy.
I also have an issue with film’s last 20-30mins which feels unnecessary and forced. Based on other reviews, I’m glad I’m not alone here. It also makes the journey before this last act somewhat pointless in regards to the plot.
Overall, the film generally delivers what I expected- random one-liners with nonstop brainless action. The film sets up another a future spin-off and leaves some questions unanswered. The film also gives an extra 30mins which felt out of place and somewhat forced. If it’s popcorn, you wish to eat and brainless giggles you want, here is it. As a 9th instalment, it’s a side step from the series, but I can’t deny there’s still lots of enjoyment to be had.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden