We did it! We made it through an entire week of Fast & Furious movies and let me tell you, we saved the best for last. This is a big, dumb, ridicuous and way too overblown action movie and I have to confess, I loved every single minute of it.
It was directed by David Leitch, whose first time directing was John Wick. He’s since made Atomic Blonde and Deadpool 2. Before that, he appeared in some action films of his own, such as Ninja Assassin, The Mechanic remake and as Terry Bogard in the movie version of the video game The King of Fighters.
Vanessa Kirby is the person who brings the action together. She plays Shaw’s sister Hattie, an MI6 agent who has been infected with a Snowflake virus that a terrorist group known as Eteon wants. They are led by an unseen commander and his henchman Brixton Lore (Idris Elba), a cyborg that has a past history with Deckard (Jason Statham). And Deckard, well, he has to learn to work with Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson).
If you look closely enough, Brixton has a Weyland Corporation symbol on his shoulder. So…will there be xenomorphs in the next film?
That director was supposed to be played by Keanu Reeves. The voice is supposedly Ryan Reynolds, who also appears in this movie as CIA agent Victor Locke. The name in the credits is Champ Nightingale”, which Reynolds has used in a fake Amazon review for his Aviation American Gin.
Beyond meeting more of Shaw’s family, Hobbs goes back to his homeland and we discover his brothers Jonah (Cliff Curtis, Once Were Warriors) and Mateo (WWE star Roman Reigns, who Johnson considers a cousin). Jason Mamoa was also supposed to be in this, but Johnson has promised that it will happen in the next movie.
Eiza González from Alita: Battle Angel and Baby Driver (as well as Satanico Pandemonium in the TV version of From Dusk to Dawn) is in this, too. She plays Madame M, a former associate of Shaw who helps them break into the terrorist’s base.
You know, for being in a G.I. Joe film, Johnson made a way better version of it with this movie. He loves this role, as you can tell, and even named his French bulldog — who shows up in he beginning — after his character.