As the synopsis points out right out of the gate, from humble beginnings as a Point Break rip off, the Fast and Furious films have “amassed almost $5 billion worldwide” over the course of eight movies. Which is why Hobbs & Shaw, sorry, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw, exists in the first place, to put two popular secondary characters (and one notorious Vin Diesel beefer) together in one film and squeeze more cash from this particular stone. And I’m here for it. Watch the first trailer below and tell me you’re not, too.
I’m not entirely sure what’s going on in this Hobbs & Shaw trailer, but I do know it’s completely, utterly ridiculous and I would like someone to inject it directly into my brain. Thanks.
They certainly doubles down on Hobbs’ sarcastic, sweaty, bravado-based sense of humor and while the entire Fast & Furious franchise has been a continual escalation to absurdity, Hobbs & Shaw takes things to a whole new level of WTF silliness. I mean, Idris Elba basically plays a genetically enhanced comic book super villain and dudes run down the side of a skyscraper. So, if you thought parachuting cars out of an airplane or a submarine breaching through the ice like a steroid-addled killer whale were as over-the-top as these movies get, boy howdy, were you ever wrong. Seriously, they go to god-damned Chernobyl.
Here’s the synopsis:
Ever since hulking lawman Hobbs (Johnson), a loyal agent of America's Diplomatic Security Service, and lawless outcast Shaw (Statham), a former British military elite operative, first faced off in 2015’s Furious 7, the duo have swapped smack talk and body blows as they’ve tried to take each other down.
But when cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton (Idris Elba) gains control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever — and bests a brilliant and fearless rogue MI6 agent (The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby), who just happens to be Shaw’s sister — these two sworn enemies will have to partner up to bring down the only guy who might be badder than themselves.
Hobbs & Shaw blasts open a new door in the Fast universe as it hurtles action across the globe, from Los Angeles to London and from the toxic wasteland of Chernobyl to the lush beauty of Samoa.
Directed by David Leitch (Atomic Blonde, John Wick), Hobbs & Shaw stars Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Eiza Gonzales, Idris Elba, Eddie Marsan, Vanessa Kirby, and a bunch of crazy stunts and cars flying through the air.
I have definite feelings about the clumsy retconning of Deckard Shaw so he’s a good guy now, but I’m still going to watch the crap out of Hobbs & Shaw when it opens August 2. I’m just going to scream #JusticeforHan the whole time.