The answer is not really.
A disappointed, resigned, reluctant not really, coming from both personal experience and a recap of the movie’s reviews of others.
But first, some context.
The Fast and Furious series is a popular American movie franchise focused on action-heavy plots that revolve mainly around heists, covert spies, and illegal activities. Its newest movie (the seventh, to be exact), Hobbs & Shaw, was released on July 13 in the United States and on August 15 in Korea. Some fans were beyond excited to see what the new movie had in store; others were less expectant, as the Fast and Furious series had been rumored to be declining in quality ever since the third movie, Tokyo Drift.
It seems as if the rumors did hold a measure of truth to them. To start off with a bit of the personal aspect of this article, my experience of the seventh movie of Fast and Furious was nothing short of a let-down. The movie is—in one word—cliché. From the very beginning, when the characters are introduced—Hobbs the rugged philosopher and Shaw the slick man in a suit—it’s obvious that this movie is going to go down the path of the many stereotypical ones in its genre before it.
The cliché then became overwhelmingly apparent when the overall plot and the two characters’ motives were revealed. Shaw’s sister, Hattie, is discovered to carry a deadly virus that an evil scientist (surprise, surprise!) wants to use for equally-as-evil purposes. By the way, that scientist is Russian and his name is Brixton Lore (and this is where I heaved a weary sigh in the middle of the dark theater).
But Hobbs and Shaw absolutely cannot work together, and they decide that themselves. But then the sister is kidnapped (how convenient), and the two decide that it is imperative that they do work together in order to save her.
Describing the rest of the movie would result in spoiling it for those reading this article, so I’ll refrain from it. But one note would be that the climax is just as cliché as the scenes building up to them. And the resolution is an absolute forehead-slapper.
A number of articles written on Hobbs & Shaw seem to share my sentiments towards the movie. One article from The Guardian states, “Sometimes there is pleasure to be found in brainless action, but the extended video game-style finale left me furious and fatigued.” Another from the Atlantic describes the movie as, “an exhausting 135 minutes, and it feels longer, meandering from set piece to set piece and location to location without much purpose.” You get the gist.
Maybe the movie will appeal to those who love watching the stereotypical action, heist-filled movies. In that case, Hobbs & Shaw is the one for you. But for those expecting an action movie with a compelling and novel plotline should stay out of theaters until the hype driven only by the tagline, “Fast & Furious presents,” has passed.
-Lauren Cho ’22