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Review by C.J. Bunce

The biggest action film of the summer is easily the most enjoyable film of the year.  That’s Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, a movie that gets so many genre formulas right it just can’t miss.  Certainly one of the better entries in the Fast & Furious franchise, it knows what works and uses it.  That’s a sure-bet cast of Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, Mission: Impossible–Fallout’s Vanessa Kirby, Idris Elba in the ultimate badass role as a James Bond spy gone bad with Superman powers, lots of futuristic cyborg tech, and an understanding of why audiences come to the movie theater in the first place.  Hobbs & Shaw is a movie for people who like movies.

The trailers gave audiences a glimpse at what to expect, and they delivered on all promises: laugh-out-loud funny dialogue, nonstop action, road races and camera angles that the franchise is known for, and lots of surprises and callbacks, and a script that doesn’t take itself seriously.  There’s something for everyone here.  If you’re after only the fast cars, action, and speed of the franchise, this entry measures up.  And that family drama that the regular franchise leads Diesel, Paul Walker, and Jordana Brewster built the franchise on is here, too.  This time that includes digging into the past between Statham’s Deckard Shaw and sister Hattie, played by Kirby, and Helen Mirren back again as their mother (Luke Evans’ brother Owen from the last film may or may not be mentioned this time), and Johnson’s Luke Hobbs is pals with his young daughter at home and returns to the family he left behind years ago in the Samoan Islands.

But stuntman-turned-director David Leitch (Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2, John Wick) and script writers Chris Morgan (writer of five prior Fast & Furious films) and Drew Pearce (Hotel Artemis, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation) know why audiences are really buying tickets, and you just need to drift over their previous film credits to see why they were tapped for Hobbs & Shaw.  Hattie is a badass equal to Charlize Theron’s Atomic Blonde (Theron also co-starred in the most recent sequel), any of the four lead characters could give Leitch’s John Wick a run for his money, and moviegoers will hardly remember last year’s much-lauded Mission Impossible: Fallout’s action scenes after they see this.  (A few casting spoilers follow).

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True Lies, Spies Like Us, Top Secret, Get Smart, Austin Powers, RED, Our Man Flint, Hopscotch, Central Intelligence, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., I Spy, The Tuxedo, Kingsman, and the original Casino Royale.  The history of movies is not lacking in the spy comedy mash-up genre, but there’s always room for another.  Mila Kunis (Black Swan, Ted, Jupiter Ascending, That ’70s Show) and Kate McKinnon (Ghostbusters, Ted 2, Ferdinand, Saturday Night Live) star with the queen of spy fare, The X-Files’ own Gillian Anderson in director Susanna Fogel‘s Fall 2018 theatrical release, The Spy Who Dumped MeLionsgate Films revealed the first full trailer for the film this weekend.

Producer Brian Grazer (Spies Like Us, Housesitter, Night Shift, Apollo 13, Splash, A Beautiful Mind) seems to have pulled out all the stops to give this the full look and feel of a serious spy movie, with cinematography by action and comedy veteran Barry Peterson (Central Intelligence, 21/22 Jump Street, Zoolander, Starsky and Hutch, Brooklyn Nine-Nine), production design by Marc Homes (Skyfall, Kick Ass, V for Vendetta, Aeon Flux, Prince of Persia, Game of Thrones, Robin Hood, X-Men: First Class, Prometheus, The Martian), art director Nic Pallace (24: Live Another Day, Mr. Selfridge, Broadchurch), and a musical score by energy-revving maestro Tyler Bates (John Wick, Deadpool 2, The Punisher, Guardians of the Galaxy, Watchmen, 300, Halloween, Sucker Punch).

A portion of the serving of big-screen badass from this movie will be dished out by Ukrainian actor Ivanna Sakhno (Pacific Rim: Uprising) as assassin/spy Nadedja (Kunis originally hails from Ukraine, too).

Here’s the first full-length trailer for the new spy comedy, The Spy Who Dumped Me:

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