In this week’s episode of If This Film Taught Us Anything, Lorraine and Zenia talk about Fast and Furious presents: Hobbs and Shaw starring Jason Statham, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Idris Elba. A virus, created by an organisation called Eteon, has been stolen by a rogue MI6 agent and best of enemies Luke Hobbs (Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Statham) are recruited to retrieve and disarm it. During the movie, the location shifts between the USA, England, Russia and Samoa as the race is on to track down the rogue operative, who has injected the virus into herself, and disable the threat to humanity before there is a massive loss to human life. As the film progresses, the progress of Hobbs and Shaw is impeded at every turn by Brixton Lore (Elba), who is determined to see Eteon’s master plan come to fruition, killing millions of people in the process.
In the process of preparing for this episode of the film podcast, Lorraine and Zenia also rewatched Fast and Furious 8. (Cyber terrorist, Charlize Theron, is determined to get revenge on the worlds’ governments by taking control of nuclear weapon codes. She coerces Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) into betraying his team by holding his ex and the son, who he knew nothing about, hostage. The team ‘family’ comprising of Ludacris, Tyrese, Natalie Emmanuel and Michelle Rodriguez, fight to intercept Dom and stop him starting a nuclear war. Additionally, hey are joined by previous nemeses Hobbs and Shaw, who help the team as they work to stop Cipher and help Dom.)
Through both films, Lorraine and Zenia learnt about the male ego. They learnt about how disposable a cast can be. Finally, they learnt about world building and how a simple movie franchise about stealing DVD players can become a something that encompasses a character calling themselves ‘Black Superman’.
If This Film Taught Us Anything, it taught us about the sheer strength of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.
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Contains explicit language throughout.