This spin-off from the surprisingly successful Fast & the Furious films sees that classic movie scenario of the mismatched pair. Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) are reunited having previously exchanged fisticuffs in the sixth and eighth installments of the franchise. They are unwillingly paired up by the authorities to track down an artificial and potentially world-destroying virus called ‘snowflake’.
Having injected the virus into herself, Shaw’s estranged sister, Hattie (Vanessa Kirby) goes on the run whilst the two main stars of the film have to work together to do something or other whilst bad guy Brixton Lore (Idris Elba) is the genetically engineered antagonist trying to throw a spanner in the works. Hattie first manages to escape on four minutes as she runs over Millennium Bridge (below) with St. Paul’s Cathedral in the background.
On 22 minutes Hattie flees from her flat on the Middlesex Street Estate at Wentworth Street in the East End of London.
She crosses The Strand on her way into the Savoy Hotel (1 Savoy Hill) where she changes and then exits the rear where Hobbs is waiting for her.
Hobbs and Shaw meet up at the CIA’s not-so-hidden ‘Black Site’ which is the fairly famous Leadenhall Building (122 Leadenhall Street). Not exactly what I’d call a secret place for housing such an agency! Some of the film’s best banter took place here between the two main stars before they descend the building’s exterior in chase of Brixton and his gang who have just snatched Hattie.
The fighting and gun-firing continues at street level on 35 minutes as Hobbs and Shaw (plus Shaw!) fend off Brixton and his guys on Leadenhall Street.
Lloyds Bank (113-116 Leadenhall Street) is clearly visible as the trio speed away with Brixton in pursuit on motorbike.
The Carpenters Arms (73 Cheshire Street) is briefly seen on 46 minutes as the three of them head inside for a drink but this is not a normal pub! Not on screen anyway!
That’s not the end of this old gangster pub though as it appears at the end of the movie and I mean right at the end, after the closing credits! I almost always stay for the end credits as people in Japan tend to do. However, when I watched ‘Hobbs & Shaw‘ at the cinema I had to leave during the credits to get to work on time. I really did think it was done after a mid-credits scene so was quite surprised when I heard about this final gag scene on 135 minutes involving Hugh Janus which was revenge for an earlier Mike Oxmaul joke between the pair en-route to Moscow.
I was going to have a pint at this pub, once owned by the notorious Kray brothers, but after discovering the cheapest beer was £6.40 I decided to settle for just a half which didn’t really seem befitting of such a macho movie! Even though I was only there for about ten minutes it was all worth it just to get this interior match-up shot.
There really is no secret armoury and car basement beneath the Carpenters Arms. Those scenes on 46 minutes were filmed at a warehouse on Pennington Street.
Old Royal Naval College (below) is no stranger to the big screen and it’s pillared arcade appears on 61 minutes as the location of a handover. It has been used to portray various cities in a handful of movies but I only really know it as being “Venice” in ‘Lara Croft: Tomb Raider‘ (2001).
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