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- FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW (Universal) stars Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham as the title characters, Luke Hobbs (Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Statham). Both are based on opposite side of the world: Hobbs is in L.A., while Shaw is in London, each doing the same thing--making sure that they get their way no matter what! Hobbs lives his life near the beaches of Venice while driving his motorcycles and his tricked out Dodge M37 pick up truck. Shaw dwells among the posh side of London while using a 2018 McLaren 720S as his set of wheels. Both of these characters worked with each other before, but never really got along with the notion of vowing to never be in the same presence again! That is, until they both hear about a case where Brixton Lorr (Idris Elba) described as a cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist, get hold of a deadly bio virus code named “The Snowflake” so deadly, one contact will turn any person into a pile of goo! Meanwhile, a tough M16 agent Hattie Shaw (Vanessa Kirby) who also happens to be Deckard’s sibling, is also on the case. However, her team was wiped out in an ambush. She was its sole surviver, but was injected with The Snowflake. As time is running out for her, she seeks a cure while Luke and Deckard are out to find the source for The Snowflake, traveling through the ends of the earth by and with all means necessary! This feature is the latest entry to Universal’s biggest franchise that they own outright, part of the multiple Fast & Furious line of action/adventure pics. Although it’s really not part of the F&F franchise per se (it could be dubbed as Fast & Furious 7 1/2), it does feature two characters that were connected to the F&F team. Johnson, who first appeared in the fifth entry while Shaw made his mark in the sixth. (Furious Five and Fast & Furious 6, just in case anyone is keeping track!) As with the other entries of the F&F connection, there are plenty of the expected scenes that make this series just what it is, complete with explosions, gunfire, lots of snappy if not chiched dialogue (for an action/adventure pic), as well as a few peeks of some “quiet” moments before the for noted gunfire and explosions takes its toll! Chris Morgan’s story with screenplay by Morgan and Drew Pierce, doesn’t hold anything new and unique expected for the said action. In fact, it’s quite reminiscent to a shoot-em-up from the 1980’s and 1990’s when such stars as Steven Seagal and Arnold Schwarzenegger were at their peak. This time around, the special effects that are part of this movie is a whole lot better then they were as seen by the late 20th century-era film making school of comic book-style adventure movies! There are other lead characters featured as well, such as Cliff Curtis as Jonah Hobbs (Luke’s bro), Helen Mirren as Queenie Shaw (Deckard’s sis), Eiza González as Madam M, a mysterious weapons dealer and “fixer”, and Eddie Marsan as Professor Andreiko, the title genius who knows of a cure for The Snowflake. But who and what they contain doesn’t really matter here! Just as long as the action is good and plenty thanks to film director David Leitch take, it’s all about what comes out in the end. Based on how this movie does box office wise, one can bet that Universal, perhaps the only major movie studio that can catch up to their crosstown rivals, The Walt Disney Company in terms of creating money making features--the real reason why movies are made in the first place, will churn out more of this kind in the many years ahead! Just as long as the F&F series keeps its gas tanks full, this won’t be the last time one is gonna see the likes of Hobbs ‘n Shaw! This movie is rated “R” for cussing and violence. Now appearing at all of the multiplexes nationwide.