Hobbs and Shaw was, for me, the best movie of the summer. Forget the superheroes of the summer. In this movie, we have super spies, Hobbs and Shaw. This is the first spin-off, of what looks like they'll be more, in the Fast and Furious franchise. That will make it the ninth in the series. This one is the best yet. Dwayne Johnson, a former US agent plays Hobbs and Strathan plays Shaw, a mercenary who teams up with Hobbs to save the world from a deadly virus created by a Cyber menace played by Idris Elba.
Elba wants to take over the world using a lethal virus that can infect all of mankind and that virus is inside Shaw's sister, who implanted it inside herself to prevent Elba's character, Brixton, from getting access to the formula. The remainder of the movie has Brixton trying to do whatever he needs to do to get the virus from Hattie Shaw, played by Vanessa Kirby.
This movie has everything. Action, adventure, comedy and even a bit of a romance, but the main theme to the story is family. Shaw has his mother, played by Helen Mirren, who's enjoying her relaxing stay in prison and Hobbs has his Somoyan family, led by his mother Sefina (Lori Pelenise Tuisana) who rules the brothers with a quick toss of a pair of thongs. Both actresses are hilarious with the moms they portray and both families have issues which are keeping them apart.
Idris Elba is a welcome addition to the cast as the cyborg villain and Hobbs and Shaw, who go from supporting characters in the previous Fast and Furious movies are now the stars on this high octane action film and they have great chemistry as two agents who start out hating each other but who become best friends during the course of the movie.
The fight scenes are great fun and there are stunts in the movie which I don't think we've ever seen before. Strap in tight and get ready for this thrill ride of a movie. It's an amazing movie and I loved it. The movie is rated PG-13 and has a run time of 2 hours and 15 minutes. On my "Hollywood Popcorn Scale" I rate it a JUMBO (with extra butter, my highest rating).