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Title: Hobbs & Shaw (Blu-ray) review
Post by: David Vaughn on November 03, 2019, 06:56:34 PM
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Studio: Universal  
Release Date: November 5, 2019
Rating: PG-13
Film: 2/5
 
Plot
For years, hulking lawman Luke Hobbs and lawless outcast Deckard Shaw have traded smack talk and body blows. But when cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton Lorr (Idris Elba; “Thor: Ragnarok,” “The Dark Tower”) gains control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever, Hobbs and Shaw must partner up to bring down the only guy who might be badder than themselves.
 
My Thoughts
I’ve been a fan of most of the Fast & Furious movies, but this one turns out to be way too over the top. The story is weak, the dialog is cringe-inducing, and at 137 minutes, its way too damn long. Essentially, it’s a two-plus hour stunt show, which if that’s your thing you’ll probably enjoy it more than I did. Sure, it looks and sounds great, but the older I get I really need a story with some type of meat on it or I lose interest pretty fast. That’s certainly the case here.

Video 5/5 

Audio 5/5 (Dolby Atmos)

Special Features:
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b736ZM_KfEk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b736ZM_KfEk)
 
Conclusion
If you have the ability to suspend all belief and completely check your brain at the door, you could probably have a good time with this film. Unfortunately, those days have passed for me and I swear I lost 10 IQ points in the 137 minutes I gave to this film. I’d be sure to give it a rental first unless you’re just looking for some brainless fun that features superior audio and video. Unfortunately, I got my request in late and couldn’t get the UHD to review, but based upon the look and the sound of the Blu-ray, the UHD should be just as spectacular.
 
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Title: Re: Hobbs & Shaw (Blu-ray) review
Post by: AVSCraig on December 18, 2019, 08:19:57 AM
I thought this was a fun, " Fast and Furious " type popcorn actioner myself. The two stars obviously had fun doing this ( and Idris Elba is always good ). Not to be taken seriously, but those two are a hoot. And Vanessa Kirby isn't bad either. Good soundtrack too. The 4K disc looks excellent. 

The last Mission : Impossible had Tom Cruise suddenly learning to fly a helicopter " on the fly ". We don't watch these types of films for anything other then either fun entertainment or as system demo eye candy ( with some good one liners thrown in ). 
Title: Re: Hobbs & Shaw (Blu-ray) review
Post by: AVSMike on December 18, 2019, 08:59:53 AM
I like action films and enjoyed it, but then my wife says I will watch anything. :) 
Title: Re: Hobbs & Shaw (Blu-ray) review
Post by: David Vaughn on December 18, 2019, 09:00:06 AM
I thought this was a fun, " Fast and Furious " type popcorn actioner myself. The two stars obviously had fun doing this ( and Idris Elba is always good ). Not to be taken seriously, but those two are a hoot. And Vanessa Kirby isn't bad either. Good soundtrack too. The 4K disc looks excellent.

The last Mission : Impossible had Tom Cruise suddenly learning to fly a helicopter " on the fly ". We don't watch these types of films for anything other then either fun entertainment or as system demo eye candy ( with some good one liners thrown in ).
I probably would have been fine with it if it weren't so long. 
Title: Re: Hobbs & Shaw (Blu-ray) review
Post by: AVSCraig on December 18, 2019, 10:22:26 AM
I probably would have been fine with it if it weren't so long.
Movies that are too long seems to be common these days. John Wick 3 was good but they could have trimmed that down a by 20 minutes too. I have never gotten into the Godfather movies or even Casino, so 3 1/2 hours of The Irishman is a non starter for me - another one that's too slow / too long. 
Title: Re: Hobbs & Shaw (Blu-ray) review
Post by: Paul Heroy on August 14, 2020, 10:47:27 PM
Watched this tonight, though just from HBO. Ironically, I bought the 4K 8 disk set of the first movies even though I didn't really have a high interest in them, and enjoyed a few of them. Didn't care for them as much after Dwayne Johnson took over and they become much more blow stuff up action movies. My wife didn't watch much except in passing and didn't express any interest in them.

But then she said she wanted to watch Hobbs & Shaw. After a bit of incredulity and eye rolling I gave in tonight. And maybe it was the low expectations, but I found it pretty enjoyable mostly due to the high portion of humor. Ryan Reynolds & Kevin Hart added really funny parts, but even the constant bickering and one upmanship between Johnson & Statham was funny at times. The "heart" portion of the story is a bit contrived but it was still cool to see the Samoan family go medieval on the high tech evildoers. 
Title: Re: Hobbs & Shaw (Blu-ray) review
Post by: AVSCraig on August 15, 2020, 10:54:59 AM
It's just fun popcorn entertainment. I might even watch this today to test my new subwoofers!
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