At this point there are already nine productions of the Fast and Furious saga, it's been years since we saw the first film that marked the beginning of a series that would find a very good place in the box office, with a bunch of fans. This is the first spin-off of the series and comes with two characters that have proven to be true box office magnets.
On the one hand, Jason Statham made Megalodon a success last year and, on the other... Well, Dwayne Johnson no longer needs a presentation. Universal Pictures decided to exploit (but not explore) their personalities like Hobbs and Shaw for a movie that contains everything fans of the franchise could expect.
Idris Elba plays the villain Brixton, who is a kind of Robocop/Superman who wants a virus to control the world. However, MI6 Agent Hattie Shaw (Vanessa Kirby) specialist hides in the style of Mission Impossible II: in his blood. It is then that we begin a race against time to stop Brixton's threats and save Hattie.
The writer of the tape, and who has been responsible for the entire saga from Fast and Furious: Challenge Tokyo, has said that he wanted Fast and Furious: Hobbs & Shaw to feel like a movie of the subgenus buddy cop. That is, something very similar to that 80's cinema with uneven couples who cannot work together, a format very common and successful in the industry from the beginnings of time, such as 48 hours (Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte), Deadly Weapon (Mel Gibson and Danny Glover) or Tango and Cash (Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell).
In the appeal, the main attraction was to see the chemistry of these protagonists, we've seen in the previous movies and it seemed a pair too good not to exploit in the box office. In this film, it is chemical, simply, tremendously natural, and since it's not anymore in cinemas you can watch it online.
Far is that first encounter between Hobbs and Shaw in Fast and Furious 7, in the character of Statham throws his rival from a fourth-floor and sends him to the hospital. Now, these two mountains of muscle, testosterone, and zero body fat team up, but without forgetting that "friendly rivalry" that leads them to throw insults whenever they can. Or what is the same: every single second they spend together.
And that is the greatest virtue of the film, because although its action sequences are perfectly coordinated; Their explosions are meticulous, and their fights are choreographed to perfection... It's a summer movie like many others. The best thing about Hobbs and Shaw is the chemistry that these two characters have and how they are delivering a series of jokes, rudeness, and offenses on each other, watch it online to find out what we're talking about.
The fact that the best of this action movie is the sequences that lack it, could play against it. However, even in some of these devices such as scenes of persecutions or explosions, they find a way to insult each other. This makes it two hours and fifteen minutes more bearable, because yes: it is too long, even if there is good chemistry.
However, it is their last 30 minutes that are most forced. Here we are in the field of the generic action movie, without the charm we saw at the beginning. Naturally, the laws of physics are broken from the first minute and everything is exaggerated, but this increases in a crescendo towards his last act and is very close to ridiculous. But in such a production, we know what we are going.