One sharp critic correctly foresaw the premise of Hobbs & Shaw a decade before the film was actually released. From the franchise’s humble beginnings in 2001, The Fast and The Furious now comprises 8 main films, with two new Vin Diesel-fronted entries and a female-led venture currently in the pipeline. Earlier this month, however, the first spinoff in the Fast and Furious’ canon was released in the shape of Hobbs & Shaw, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham as the titular duo.
While Fast and Furious movies have never been shy about their intentions – fast cars, big set pieces and larger than life characters in a string of never-ending sequels – there has been a gradual shift in emphasis away from the franchise’s roots. Originally focused on car chases and street racing, later Fast and Furious offerings have morphed to encompass a more typical action movie approach, with fight scenes, gunfights and power-hungry British villains.
Hobbs & Shaw represents the final stage of this transformation, as Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham’s characters team up to prevent the release of a world-threatening virus by a man with super-strength.