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‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw’ is filled with absurd, over-the-top action

This image released by Universal Pictures shows Dwayne Johnson, left, and Jason Statham in a scene from "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw." (Frank Masi/Universal Pictures via AP)

A little splash of nitrous-fueled driving. A large dose of a buddy-cop film. A whole lot of fun.

“Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” is the series’ take on the partner action/comedy genre, one that is reminiscent of its more recent installments; that means ridiculous low-brow entertainment.

With a potential deadly pandemic virus safely in the hands of Hattie (Vanessa Kirby), it is up to her ex-criminal brother, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), and the brute cop, Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), to protect the virus from Brixton (Idris Elba), a technology augmented superhuman. The mission might be a bit more than the two can handle as Hobbs’ and Shaw’s past with one another has been filled with only less-than-pleasant encounters.

As the later “Fast & Furious” films have been accumulating in over-the-top action, this one goes along for the same ride. At first there is a thrilling car chase, then a fight at a crumbling power-plant, and then a tribal battle that contains four cars being chained to a helicopter.

As the film advances it becomes sillier. However, in that silliness is simple fun. Once in a while it is nice to turn your brain off and watch an absurd action film like this. There is a tad too much action that can drag on, contributing to the two-hour plus running time. In other words, the film was unnecessarily longer then it had to be.

Like the title suggest, the film is all about these two rivals. Their competition to prove who the alpha male is filled with hilarious insulting banter. The well-written dialogue shown through in many moments of the film with excellent deliveries to help. This is a very very funny movie; two excellent cameos and action that will make you chuckle only scratch the surface of the humor.

Only briefly shown in previous films, the chemistry between “The Rock” and Statham is flat-out amazing. The charismas of the frontrunners give the film the life it needs, keeping it from becoming a forgettable flick — there is a fair amount to forget. Sloppy writing that the franchise has been known to boast is evident once again, as well as no logic in character decisions are the two most prominent complaints. It gave me a reality check to keep my standards low.

This is by all means a “Fast & Furious” movie. That being said, while it may not fire on all cylinders, “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” is still an enjoyable ride, nonetheless. It may not have much under the hood, but it looks nice from the surface.

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