Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019)
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (also known as Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw, or simply Hobbs & Shaw) is a 2019 American action film directed by David Leitch and written by Chris Morgan and Drew Pearce, from a story by Morgan. It is a spin-off of The Fast and the Furious franchise centered around the titular Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), characters introduced in the main series. The film follows the unlikely allies as they are forced to team up with Shaw’s sister (Vanessa Kirby) when a genetically-enhanced terrorist (Idris Elba) and his organization threaten the world with a deadly virus.
Series star and producer Vin Diesel first said in 2015 that possible spin-offs were in early development, and Hobbs & Shaw was officially announced in October 2017. Leitch signed on to direct in April 2018, and Kirby and Elba both joined the cast that July. Filming began in September and lasted through January 2019, mostly taking place in London and Glasgow.
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shawpremiered at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on July 13, 2019, and was theatrically released in the United States on August 2, 2019. SyFy Wire wrote that the film received praise for “the charisma of Johnson, Statham, and Kirby,” as well as its “visual style and action choreography finesse,” though some critics “had trouble getting past just how much the film was attempting to fit into its two-hour-and-15-minute runtime.”
|Fast & Furious Presents:
Hobbs & Shaw
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||David Leitch|
|Story by||Chris Morgan|
|Music by||Tyler Bates|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Box office||$332.6 million|
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
A crew of MI6 agents attempt to retrieve a virus, Snowflake, which can be programmed to decimate millions of people, from terrorist organization Eteon. Brixton Lore, an Eteon operative with advanced cybernetic implants that allow him to perform superhuman feats, arrives and kills all agents except for their leader, Hattie Shaw, who injects Snowflake into herself as a dormant carrier and escapes. Brixton frames Hattie as a traitor who killed her team and stole Snowflake, forcing her to go on the run.
Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw, Hattie’s brother, are both informed of the missing virus by the CIA and are assigned to work together reluctantly to track it down. Deckard leaves and goes to Hattie’s house, while Hobbs manages to find Hattie; after a brief scuffle, he brings her to the CIA office, as Deckard then returns. The office is attacked and Hattie is taken by Brixton, who Deckard recognizes is an old colleague he previously shot before he was revived by Eteon. Hobbs and Deckard pursue and rescue Hattie during the ensuing car chase, and they manage to escape from Brixton, who falls off his motorcycle and crashes through the second level of a double decker bus.
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
The trio locate Professor Andreiko, Snowflake’s creator, who informs them that to prevent Snowflake from eradicating humanity, Hattie has to either be killed or use an extraction device which is located within the Eteon factory in Ukraine. After arming themselves in Moscow, the trio infiltrate the factory, where they manage to retrieve the extraction device before escaping and destroying the facility; Andreiko is killed and the device is badly damaged during their escape. Hobbs decides to bring the trio to his childhood .
Home in Samoa to visit his estranged brother Jonah to repair the device .and lay low before confronting Brixton again.
Hobbs has a tense reunion with his family, but Jonah is persuaded to help them by their mother.
Hobbs, his family, and the Shaws prepare for Eteon’s army to arrive. The device is successfully repaired by Jonah and the extraction of Snowflake from Hattie begins. The next morning, Brixton and his army battle with Hobbs’ family and the Shaws. Brixton takes Hattie again, which forces Hobbs, Deckard and their allies to bring down his helicopter. Snowflake’s extraction from Hattie is completed while Hobbs and Deckard work together to defeat Brixton, who is terminated remotely by Eteon’s director. The group celebrates their victory on the island.
In a series of mid- and post-credits scenes, Hobbs brings his daughter to meet their extended family in Samoa; Deckard and Hattie are implied to bust their mother out of prison; and Hobbs receives a call from his partner, Locke, who had broken into a facility and discovered another virus worse than the Snowflake virus; Hobbs also has the police set on Deckard in London under the alias “Hugh Janus”.
- Lawman Luke Hobbs and outcast Deckard Shaw form an unlikely alliance when a cyber-genetically enhanced villain threatens the future of humanity.
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Cast overview, first billed only: Dwayne Johnson … Hobbs Jason Statham … Shaw Idris Elba … Brixton Vanessa Kirby … Hattie Helen Mirren … Queenie Eiza González … Madame M Eddie Marsan … Professor Andreiko Eliana Sua … Sam (as Eliana Su’a) Cliff Curtis … Jonah Lori Pelenise Tuisano … Sefina John Tui … Kal Joshua Mauga … Timo Joe Anoa’i … Mateo (as Joe ‘Roman Reigns’ Anoai) Rob Delaney … Agent Loeb Alex King … Lt. Grapefruit