Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (also known simply as Hobbs & Shaw) is a 2019 American action film directed by David Leitch and written by Chris Morgan and Drew Pearce, based on a story by Morgan. It is a spin-off of The Fast and the Furious franchise centered around the titular Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw, characters introduced in the main series. Starring Dwayne Johnson as Hobbs and Jason Statham as Shaw, the film follows the unlikely allies who are forced to team up against a greater threat. Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby, and Helen Mirren also star.
Series star and producer Vin Diesel first said in 2015 that possible spin-offs were in early development, and Hobbs & Shaw was officially announced on 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. It was released at Dolby Theatre on July 13, 2019, and it will be theatrically released Hobbs & Shaw in the United States on August 2, 2019, in 2D, Dolby Cinema, and IMAX. It received favorable reviews from critics.
A crew of MI6 agents, led by Hattie Shaw, enters the Etheon warehouse and attempts to take a virus capsule inside. Brixton Lore, a rogue operative with highly advanced technology that grants him superhuman abilities, arrives and kills the crew, except for Hattie, who injects the virus to herself and escaped. She is then framed by Brixton as the main suspect.
Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw are notified of the lost virus capsule. The two become angry at each other upon knowing that they will be working together. Deckard leaves and goes to Hattie’s house, while Hobbs manages to find Hattie, who is on the run and Hobbs brings her to the CIA office, as Deckard then arrives.
Brixton and his crew break-in from the outside, killing some CIA agents in the process and kidnap Hattie. However, Hobbs and Deckard manage to stop them from leaving. Hobbs, Deckard, and Hattie then manage to escape from Brixton and his crew after a chase in the roads of London. It is then revealed that Deckard supposedly killed Brixton eight years ago. But Deckard failed to kill him and Brixton was revived by Etheon. The trio then finds Professor Andreiko, who made the virus, and Andreiko explains that in order to save Hattie from the virus, they have to either kill her or retrieve the equipment from the Etheon factory in Ukraine.
The trio then travels to Russia, where Hobbs and Shaw get equipped and Hattie intentionally surrenders herself to Brixton. Hobbs and Shaw arrive at the factory, only to get caught by Brixton. With the help of Hattie, who had escaped the extraction room, and Professor Andreiko, Hobbs and Deckard manage to get the equipment and escape from Brixton once again. However, the equipment is damaged from the chase. Hobbs suggests the three of them travel to his home in Samoa.
At Samoa, Hobbs reunites with his family and after much persuasion, his brother Jonah agrees to repair the equipment. The rest of the family and Deckard proceed to prepare for Brixton’s and his army’s arrival. The equipment is successfully repaired and it starts to extract the virus out from Hattie.
Brixton and his army arrive in Samoa and proceeds to start the war with Hobbs’ team. In the middle of the chaos, Hattie is found by Brixton and they move to a helicopter called Brixton. Hobbs and Shaw pursue Brixton, and together with Hobbs’ brothers, they take down the helicopter, alongside the truck that Hobbs and Shaw were on.
Brixton then fights with Hobbs and Shaw, with him having the advantage at first. However, as Hobbs and Shaw learned how to work together, they manage to brutally injure Brixton. Disappointed by the performance of Brixton, the mastermind of Etheon activates a deterioration procedure that kills him. Hattie also manages to have the virus completely extracted from her. After the whole event, Hobbs and the Shaw siblings go their separate ways.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 74% based on 44 reviews, with an average rating of 6.22/10. The website’s critical consensus reads, “Hobbs & Shaw doesn’t rev as high as the franchise’s best installments, but gets decent mileage out of its well-matched stars and over-the-top action sequences.”
On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 61 out of 100, based on 21 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.