• Lexi Kubin, review

Director's vision brought to life in series installment

Car Crashes. Machine guns. Elaborate fight scenes. Intense good guys. All the basic elements of a cut-and-dry action movie.

“Hobbs and Shaw” is a spin-off from the “Fast and Furious” franchise.

Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham once again play Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw, two hard-hitting agents who have the classic plot-filling rivalry.

Up against a genetically modified super villain, played by Idris Elba, our protagonists are in for a wild ride.

Looking past all of the cliche “good guy vs. bad guy” elements in this film, there are a few key points that set it apart from the rest.

Besides the fantastic cinematography done by director David Leitch, the storyline also does an excellent job of holding the viewer’s attention until the very end.

The best scenes by far are those that take place in the homeland of Luke Hobbs: Samoa.

One of the few films ever showcasing Samoan culture to this extent, “Hobbs and Shaw” utilized the help of cultural consultants to get it right.

Johnson drew on his own Samoan heritage and helped to showcase the Siva Tau, a Samoan war dance that added heavily to the film’s cinematic and storytelling value.

Thanks to its attention to detail and focus on individuality, “Hobbs and Shaw” is a great addition to the pre-existing “Fast and Furious” movies, while also being independently successful with its unique elements of film and plot.

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