Testosterone levels are practically off the charts as two of Hollywood’s most iconic hairless heroes go head-to-head, and then side-by-side, in this ludicrous, yet impossible to hate thrill-ride.
Dwayne Johnson is Luke Hobbs, a classic, rugged and philosophical (spouts Nietzsche on occasion); while Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) is a slickly refined off-kilter Brit. Hobbs and Shaw insult each other like high-school mean girls. Throw in Idris Elba, having a blast as Brixton, a former Brit agent who’s been carved up into a cyber-villain and ordered to capture a virus that can terminate half the globe. Then there’s the dazzling Vanessa Kirby as Shaw’s Mi6 agent sister Hattie, and two cameos from Helen Mirren and to round off the fun cast.
Director David Leitch (Atomic Blonde) keeps the action and the comedy at full velocity, and while it never reaches the action highs of John Wick or Mission: Impossible, The Rock and The Stath hold even the faltering moments up through sheer charm. Their chemistry never better than when they lean into the slapstick of two macho doofuses having to work together. Buckle up. (Jack Whiting)