Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, or just Hobbs & Shaw, is the 9th installment and a spin-off of The Fast and the Furious franchise. Hobbs & Shaw centers around Luke Hobbs, played by Dwayne Johnson, and Deckard Shaw, played by Jason Statham.
The story was created by Chris Morgan who also wrote the screenplay along with Drew Pearce. The film was directed by David Leitch.
Hobbs & Shaw had its premiere at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on July 13, 2019. It was released in other theaters in the United States on August 2, 2019. The distribution company is Universal Pictures.
The story of Hobbs & Shaw begins when a crew of MI6 agents attempts to retrieve a deadly virus called Snowflake from a terrorist organization known as Eteon. Snowflake can be programmed to kill millions of people. An Eteon operative, Brixton Lore, played by Idris Elba, arrives and is able to perform superhuman feats due to his advanced cybernetic implants.
Brixton kills all of the agents except for their leader, Hattie Shaw, who is played by Vanessa Kirby. She escapes after injecting herself with Snowflake making her a dormant carrier.
Deckard Shaw is Hattie’s brother, and he and Luke Hobbs are assigned to work together and track down Hattie and the missing virus.
Hobbs & Shaw has gotten decent reviews. It received an aggregate score of 67% on Rotten Tomatoes. According to critics, it was not as good as some of the earlier Fast & Furious movies. On the other hand, many enjoyed the performances of Dwayne Johnson and Deckard Shaw as well as the over-the-top action sequences.
Will Hobbs & Shaw come to Netflix in the future?
Unfortunately, Hobbs & Shaw will probably not come to Netflix in the foreseeable future.
As discussed above, this movie is being distributed by Universal Pictures. Generally, films from Universal Pictures do not come to Netflix because Universal Pictures has an exclusive contract with HBO.
On the other hand, the first three movies in the Fast & Furious franchise are indeed available for streaming on Netflix.
These films are:
- The Fast and the Furious (2001)
- 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
- The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
All of these films were also distributed by Universal Pictures. The first two were released prior to this contract, which began in 2003, but The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift was released afterward.
This could bring hope that Hobbs & Shaw will come to Netflix, but it is still highly unlikely. None of the other more recent Fast & Furious films can be seen on Netflix.
Indeed, the only other Fast & Furious films that can be found on any streaming service is Fast & Furious 6 (2013), which is also the film that first introduced Deckard Shaw in a special after-credits scene, and Furious 7 (2015). Fast & Furious 6 can be found on FX Now for those with a cable subscription and Furious 7 is available on-demand with a FuboTV subscription.