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Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw - Five Reasons You'll Love It
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Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw - Five Reasons You'll Love It

With box office receipts now totally over five billion dollars and an ever-expanding cast of characters, you have to wonder why it's taken so long for the Fast & Furious franchise to get its first spin-off. 

Luckily, Jason Statham and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson are making up for lost time for this new larger-than-life blockbuster. 

The film finds Johnson's Luke Hobbs, the Diplomatic Security Service agent who has been a part of the franchise since 2011's Fast Five, forced to team up with Statham's Deckard Shaw, the former villain who became a key part of the team in Fast 8.

The reason for these two former foes teaming up? Idris Elba's Brixton, an international terrorist and criminal mastermind with superhuman abilities. He has a plan to cause mass destruction with a stolen virus and Hobbs and Shaw have to stop him. 

Vanessa Kirby, Eiza González, Helen Mirren, Rob Delaney, wrestler Roman Reigns and Eddie Marsan also take key roles in the movie, while Deadpool 2 director David Leitch is behind the camera, working from a script from Chris Morgan, writer on six of the Fast and Furious movies.

The film is out now in UK cinemas and will be released on DVD later this year, but we caught an early screening and have rounded up five reasons why you'll love it...

 

It's a whole lot of fun...

It's loud, brash, ludicrous at times and pure entertainment. A true summer blockbuster. 

 

Idris Elba is having a great time...

Elba's Brixton is an unrepentant and malevolent villain. There is no moral conflict here, he's irredeemable. And Elba relishes the role, he goes all the way in. 

 

There are some sensational action set pieces...

Although we've come to know both these characters through Fast and Furious, this isn't a spin-off in the same vein as the original series. And, by that, we mean there are nearly as many car chases. There is one sensational battle with a helicopter and more than enough brutal fight scenes to make up the difference though. 

 

Vanessa Kirby is an action hero...

Kirby's career so far has largely been dramas, and, even in Mission: Impossible Fallout, she was largely kept away from the action. Not this time though, she's given as much agency and as many gruelling fights as both of the boys. 

 

There's scope for much more from Hobbs and Shaw...

Both Johnson and Statham will be sitting out from Fast 9, but, judging by this wild ride, that's because plans are already afoot for their next solo adventure. It'll have to go some to top this one though...

 

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is UK cinemas now and will be released on DVD later this year. You can pre-order it in hmv's online store by clicking here. 

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