- Origin: 20/25
- Story: 19/25
- Camera/SFX: 22/25
- Performance: 23/25
Ever since hulking lawman Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), a loyal agent of America’s Diplomatic Security Service, and lawless outcast Shaw (Jason Statham), a former British military elite operative, first faced off in 2015’s Furious 7, the duo have swapped smack talk and body blows as they’ve tried to take each other down. But when cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton (Idris Elba) gains control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever–and bests a brilliant and fearless rogue MI6 agent (The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby), who just happens to be Shaw’s sister–these two sworn enemies will have to partner up to bring down the only guy who might be badder than themselves.
- Rated: PG-13 (Adult language and violence)
- Genre: Action and Adventure
- Directed by: David Leitch
- Written by: Chris Morgan
- Release date: 2nd August, 2019 (Wide)
- Length: 136 minutes
- Studio: Universal Pictures
It was a smart idea to make a spinoff of these two characters, it allowed the franchise to be funnier and explore things that they could never do with the original films. Also, they seem to be following the superhero trend and making people into super soldiers, which works if done properly. Great locations, which have good backstory to characters and their lives.
It was a fresh idea from what the other films have been about. Its humour was good and it didn’t lose much tension within the action. The character arcs were okay, it was your basic hero fights villain loses, then realises they need to work together to defeat evil. Going to Samoa was one of the best ideas in the film, it made the action better and gave us different scenarios for the characters. They definitely left this open for more films to come as the big bad boss was never revealed, merely a voice.
In most action scenes they had beautiful backdrops and good attention to detailing. We got to see some new ways to battle in cars, which I was so thankful for. They made something new that still had some of the original Fast and Furious traits. I found some effects a bit rusty compared to others, like some of the CGI models of Idris Elba whenever he had to do something superhuman.
Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham had great chemistry between one another and made some good funny moments. Of course they needed someone else to balance out the two of them, and Vanessa Kirby did just that. She had action and a good character, which sometimes stood out more than the two men. The biggest star of this show for me had to to be Idris Elba, he had a character that was interesting and evil all in one, maybe we will see more of him in the future?