Coming Soon: F&F Present Hobbs and Shaw

Becky Aurit

Forget about the Super Bowl, Fantasy Movie League. This weekend is my birthday weekend, and I got an early present in the form of the new trailer for "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw."

True, "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw" doesn't come out until August, but I am going to do whatever I want this weekend. On top of playing the birthday card, I can also play the "I was stuck in the house all week because of a polar vortex" card.

As expected, the preview for "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw" is ridiculous, but in an over-the-top fun kind of way. First off, Idris Elba and his lovely accent have been added to the cast. Elba plays Brixton, a self-proclaimed "super-human bad guy." If anything could make the Fast franchise better, it is the introduction of a British super-villain.

To catch Brixton, law enforcement needs to recruit Luke Hobbs (The Rock) and Deckard Shaw (and Jason Statham), a cop and a criminal who are not fond of one another. Statham and The Rock have become the best parts of the Fast & Furious movies, so I have no problem with the studio giving the two of them their own spin-off. As long are there are car chases, I am happy.

Most of the clip shows a series of action scenes from the movie. I am a sucker for crazy stunts, as I have said here several times, so "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw" is right up my alley. At the end up the movie, Elba starts running down the side of a skyscraper carrying a blond lady who is probably important. There seems to be a rope thing involved, but I'm not sure how that works. While The Rock jumps out a window to fight Elba's henchmen, Statham takes a leisurely ride down to the ground in one of those fancy external elevators that you never see in real life.

My one negative comment is that it doesn't look like Jason Statham kicks anyone in this preview. What's that about? A Statham without kicking is like a day without sunshine.

"Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw" comes to theaters the weekend of August 2-4, also known as my half-birthday weekend. I don't need to run a bunch of numbers to know it is going to make money, and I will be seeing it opening weekend while eating all of the popcorn.

Watch the trailer on YouTube

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