When it comes to action movies, I have a few rules of thumb—one of them concerns the Rock (Dwayne Johnson, not the movie). If he’s in a film, odds are high it’ll be good even if the starting material is Baywatch or Jumanji. I have a similar rule about Jason Statham, who in recent years has embraced a similar willingness to engage in a bit of tongue-in-cheek (though 2015’s Spy is worth watching solely to see him chew every bit of scenery in sight). Obviously, all this means the summer movie I’m looking forward to above all others is Hobbs and Shaw, the latest installment from the Fast and Furious universe starring both Johnson and Statham. That anticipation has only increased with the release of a third and final trailer on Friday.
Much of the footage in this new trailer has been seen before, but it feels quite different in tone compared to the longer one that dropped in April. The new clip comes across as more light-hearted, and at one point I could swear Statham is channeling his Rick Ford character from the aforementioned Spy. There’s a little more of Hobbs’ mother (played by Lori Pelenise Tuisano), too, who reacts with glee to her son’s plan to stop Brixton, Idris Elba’s evil villain.
Supercars don’t come much better than the McLaren 720S. [credit:
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We also get to see a little more of the McLaren 720S chase through the streets of London. As with previous movies in the franchise, the key to enjoying it is to mentally wall off the well, actually region of your brain. For example: modern-day supercars don’t get much better the 720S, but I’ve driven that car. It has exactly two seats, and they place driver and passenger closer together than probably any other car you can buy. I only bring this up because Johnson is, well, massive. And Statham is not exactly waif-like. So I’m trying not to think too hard about how the two of them and Vanessa Kirby, who plays Shaw’s sister Hattie, all manage to fit inside as the trio are pursued by some futuristic motorcycles.