The bodywork of the Fast & Furious franchise gets souped up to the max in the audaciously action-packed Hobbs & Shaw, but there's still plenty of work to be done under the hood if these spin-offs are to speed ahead of their maker.
The problem with Parabellum isn't its craft. If judged by the technical artistry of its action you would say its sensational. There are at least 5 truly fantastic set pieces that demonstrate the amazing talents of Keanu Reeves (Siberia, Bram Stoker’s Dracula) director Chad Stahelski and his stunt team, and editor Evan Schiff. You can see them putting their all into this movie. Yet it all starts to feel so superficial without any relatable stakes or emotional [...]
In ancient times Japanese warriors were known to commit ritual suicide or "seppuku" after acting dishonorably or losing in battle. It is fortunate for the cast and crew that Bleeding Steel was not made during such conditions.