Dynamic duo: Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Shaw (Jason Statham) in the spin-off of "Fast & Furious" © 2019 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS

It is better not to dress with Samoan mothers. The same goes for a Dwayne Johnson: In front of Mutti "The Rock" becomes a pebble again. But the return to the family home is not only the prelude to the big finale of the action comedy Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw , whose title perfectly illustrates the logic of the modern billion franchise (the more staff, the more possible combinations), but also another facet in the Apotheosis of Starpersona Dwayne Johnson means. Exotic venues have been part of action-movie standards since James Bond, but a trip to the South Seas is something special for Johnson. His mother is from the Samoan Islands, Johnson's origins had not been discussed in his role for a long time. Most recently, he lent his voice to the Pacific Ocean god Maui in the Disney animated film Vaiana (2016).

Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw is the involuntary offshoot of the action line of a crew of crashderby riders with flexible morals, who, in addition to truly spectacular chases, lived mostly from the family ties between the characters. The team was the star. Following the argument between nominal stars Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson over personal differences, the commercial cell division was extremely favorable for the studio: Vin Diesel, since the beginning of the series (his partner Paul Walker died in 2013), is back in the ninth installment next year sole team leader. Johnson and Jason Statham, both of whom have appeared in later films, are now able to shy away from the series in the first spin-off, Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw .

Luke Hobbs (Johnson), a former US special agent, and renegade British MI6 agent Deckard Shaw (Statham) together have to prevent the genetically and technologically modified super terrorist Brixton (Idris Elba), also ex-MI6, from becoming one kills deadly virus with which an ominous arms company wants to accelerate the human evolution qua extinction. The capsule containing the virus was able to inject Shaw's sister Hattie (Vanessa Kirby) in a last-minute attack. You do not have to know more about the plot. Director David Leitch ( Atomic Blonde ) and the writing team Drew Pearce / Chris Morgan have created the story only rudimentarily.

You can count on the dynamism between Johnson and Statham and their incompatible life plans: The single Hobbs goes in the morning in a muscle shirt in the gym, Shaw (the street killer version James Bonds, in Armani suit) tapping after getting up first in the pub a beer. The Crown star Vanessa Kirby has her problems moderating between these two phenotypically very different alpha males, but as her memorable short appearance in the last mission Impossible shows, her ice queen charm is quite weaponry. Thanks to her comes in the DNA of the Fast & Furious movies applied natural law that enemies eventually become friends, also in Hobbs & Shaw back to the application.

The emancipation from the mothership with its dedicated troupe is one reason why the clash of personalities takes up too much space - especially in the dialogues, whose quick-wittedness often sounds very busy. Johnson has long been a commercial all-purpose weapon in Hollywood. But he also stands as a figure, which basically works in front of every plot, whether with giant gorillas, in the burning skyscraper or in red swimming trunks, works. The mystery is not so much the muscle mountains as his coquettish eyebrow, as Hobbs's Nine-Wise Daughter (Eliana Sua) explains to him. However, Dwayne Johnson does not have his own franchise yet. And it's pretty obvious, sometimes in an enervating way, that the studio wants to position Hobbs & Shaw in exactly that direction.

The fact that the movie returns to Samoa at the end of the story is rather secondary to the story, although of course, the family also plays a role in Hobbs & Shaw . (Helen Mirren has a cameo again as Mother Shaw.) It seems to be more about profiling Dwayne Johnson as a cast member of color , which is interesting because his previous role profile from his background has not caused much of a stir. In the showdown on Samoa, the analogue warrior tradition of the islanders also meets the war technology of the military-industrial complex.

Idris Elba is the other black star waiting for his own franchise in Hobbs & Shaw after James Bond failed to make it for the time being. Brixton is a halfway charismatic villain, which makes him predestined to become a hero, true to the Fast & Furious logic. The practical thing about his high-tech soldier is that after his end, like any cinema franchise today, you just need to reboot it.

"Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw" will be released on August 1st in German cinemas.