Transformable motorcycles, superpowers and witty banter between frenemies, this week’s Fast & Furious spinoff Hobbs & Shaw has it all. What it also has, and what’s been glimpsed in the trailers, is a set piece that involves The Rock attempting to take down a helicopter using what we’ll call unconventional methods. Now, in advance of the film’s release, a new clip has been released from that sequence that sees Hobbs and Shaw doing some big game fishing. Check it out:
We are a long way from jumping train tracks in The Fast and the Furious aren’t we? This clip might be absurd, ridiculous and display the kind of loose interpretation of physics that would make Neil deGrasse Tyson’s head explode, but it’s also an absolute blast of gleeful action movie goodness and exactly the kind of thing we’ve come to expect from this franchise.
In the film, the villainous Brixton, played by Idris Elba is after Shaw’s sister Hattie, played by Vanessa Kirby. In this clip, Brixton somehow manages to capture her following the brawl at Hobbs’ home. Yet while getting in a helicopter with your quarry would seem to ensure a clean getaway, Hobbs and Shaw have other plans. So Jason Statham’s character gets into a vehicle to pursue his sister and her captor.
I’m not sure what practical purposes the Hobbs Customs family business has for an off-road, hot rod tow truck, but it sure comes in handy here. The Rock’s Hobbs joins Shaw on the truck and inexplicably brings his shirt with him and puts it back on, which I found fascinating.
You put your shirt back on when the fight is over, but Hobbs picked up his shirt and puts it back on while still in pursuit of Brixton. I can’t fathom why unless the shirt has some tactical application I don’t know about, it’s not like he’s chasing Brixton into a 7-Eleven where a shirt is required for service. I digress.
In this clip from IGN, we also get a great cheesy action movie line as Dwayne Johnson’s character tells Shaw “Let’s go fishing” to which Shaw responds “You catch him, I’ll gut him.” It’s silly but it works and while jumping the truck, Hobbs indeed gets the helicopter on the line to take the flying fish down. Now he just has to reel it in, which based on what we’ve seen from the trailers, is no easy task.
I like that we get a look at Idris Elba’s face in this scene too because he has this look of pure frustration and disgust at being unable to shake the bothersome duo of Hobbs and Shaw. He's clearly not a guy used to losing or even being challenged and considering that he seems to be pretty calm and collected most of the time, seeing him lose his cool should be fun.