Verge Reviews: Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw

Thanks to the fantastic people from Universal, Verge Magazine was able to enjoy a premiere screening of the latest instalment from the Fast & Furious saga: Hobbs and Shaw

The Fast and the Furious films need no introduction at this point. Hobbs and Shaw is the ninth time one of these movies has graced cinemas now and the theme of adaptation, as well as cars, of course, continues to remain true.

This franchise has come a long way from its roots, for better or for worse. What started out as a series of films about savagely swift automobiles, has transformed into something fairly unrecognizable. Fear not though motorist lovers, there are still cars.

Adaptation is nothing new to the franchise though. Between the many new cast members over the years, none more famously coming along than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the addition of the espionage subgenre, and the necessity to adjust after the untimely demise of original star Paul Walker, Fast and Furious features have handled adaption in the past, again for better or worse. 

In episode nine, however, another genre is layered on top of automobiles and espionage; the buddy cop genre. Johnson reprises his role of Luke Hobbs, playing alongside co-star Jason Statham, who plays Deckard Shaw.

Shaw, a disgraced MI6 agent who is now two films removed from his role as the villain in Furious 7, must unwillingly team up with the former Diplomatic Service operative Hobbs to stop a deadly virus from getting into the wrong hands.

Those wrong hands are in the form of the techno-terrorist organization Etheon and their top field agent Brixton, played by Idris Elba. Elba attempts to frame Shaw’s sister Hattie, portrayed by Vanessa Kirby of Mission: Impossible – Fallout fame. 

Johnson, Statham, Elba and Kirby make up for possibly the strongest cast in franchise history, and that doesn’t even include a number of uncanny and priceless cameos.

Director David Leitch, who was at the helm of Deadpool 2, shines with his style bombastic action and comedy. Hellen Miren even reprised her role as Deckard Shaw’s mother Queenie and is a stand out in her limited role. 

The ninth chapter is an over-the-top triumphant iteration.

Be sure to check out Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw, in cinemas everywhere 1 August 2019.