Fast And Furious: Hobbs & Shaw - 7 Ups And 2 Downs

6. The Action

Hobbs And Shaw

While this movie is a vehicle (hey, hey, get it? vehicle? cars? hey?) for both The Rock and Statham, it's also a Fast and Furious film. There is an incredibly high precedent set in this franchise for the action sequences, and regardless of how much this story stands apart from that series, it is always going to be judged up against them.

In certain places they just about meet this high bar, but in others they comfortably exceed it. In fact, a lot of the best action (particularly in the early stages of the movie) is done without the use of cars which, for a F&F movie, is quite the development. The opening fight sequences are creatively choreographed, and both Statham and Johnson bring an individual flair to what would, in other hands, be quite generic sequences of Big-Man-Punch-Other-Big-Man.

But the cars though. The cars and the lorries and the dune buggies and the motorbikes and the helicopters and the cars attached to the helicopters and the the cars attached to the cars attached to the helicopters. When 'Hobbs And Shaw' finally decides to become 'Fast And Furious: Hobbs & Shaw' it really, really becomes 'Fast And Furious: Hobbs & Shaw'.

There aren't many ways left for this franchise to reinvent motorised stunts and action, but the latter half of this movie is sensational for it. From missile-fuelled chase around a collapsing nuclear power plant, do the cliff-edged, gravity-defying finale, fans of the wider franchise will be happier that pigs in the proverbial.

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