Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
When Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) met on screen in Fast and Furious 7, their smart talk got them their own stand-alone movie in this gearbox franchise. This time US lawman Hobbs and former military operative Shaw are paired up, reluctantly, to go after Brixton Lore (Idris Elba).
Now, Lore was dispatched by Shaw with a bullet to the brain, but his resurrection is at the crux of this movie. He's working for a company that has the ability to bring humans back from the brink with a little hardware (sound familiar?) and AI upgrades. They want to make humans stronger, better and, oh...they want to get their hands on a deadly pathogen. This causes a damsel to be in distress because - though she's tough as nails and can fight her own battles - this isn't a movie about her. It's a movie about stunts, fisticuffs, and high octane extreme stunts.
The problem though is the film seems overly formulaic and overly produced. While Johnson and Statham are natural opposites with good "hostile" chemistry, some of the infighting is funny, and some of it and the storyline just seemed forced. Basically, it's a big-budget peacock party. Male peacocks are loud and noisy and preen with their colorful feathers. The film looks good, it has solid production value, especially those scenes set in Samoa (a nod to Johnson's heritage). Hobbs teases Shaw about "wearing a jacket" in a tropical paradise. He's a tourist that packed some of the wrong things, sort of like this movie.
*Note, there are extra scenes, in the early and mid post-credits.