Why did Hobbs & Shaw cut their action scene this way?

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I went to the movies today to see the opening of "Hobbs & Shaw", a Fast & Furious production. I'm not going to go into details about the movie itself, just about the way some of its action scenes are cut.

In one of the scenes, the actors are preparing for a battle over the course of a day, late into the night. Finally, the battle starts, at night, with it being totally clear that it is in fact night (fireworks, car lights, ...).

All of a sudden, a cut: day. It is now day, out of nowhere at all. There is no time jump, no wait, nothing. So we're in bright daylight now.

The battle continues, and there's a helicopter coming in. After a long battle-scene in daylight with blue skies, the helicopter crashes off a cliff. The scene cuts to the wreck, with people climbing out of it.

It is now a thunderstorm. Lightning, rain, dark cloudy skies all over the place.

So my question is: Did they

  • not notice those logical flaws (hard to believe for such a big production) or
  • simply not care. Why would they not fix such rather simple logical issues when filming? or
  • is there any other explanation for this change of scene?

Best Answer

When the "good guy" team is preparing, they mention that they'll start the battle at the crack of dawn. Strategically it's good, because the bad guys will have morning sunlight in their faces, making it harder for them to see. IIRC they also mention that a storm will be rolling in early in the morning.

So the battle starts just before sunrise, when it's dark and looks like night. During the battle, the sun rises. The scene is then much better lit. Soon after that, the sky is blue, as should be expected. (The transition of night-sunrise-day all happens pretty quickly, but at least it was explained earlier.) A few minutes later, when the helicopter and everybody crashes at the bottom of the waterfall, apparently that's when the aforementioned storm begins.

(I'm not saying it's great film making, but I'll give them credit for writing dialog that at least talks about what's coming.)

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What was the point of Hobbs and Shaw?

The plot of \u201cHobbs & Shaw\u201d involves a cyborg supersoldier named Brixton (Idris Elba) chasing down an MI6 agent (Vanessa Kirby), who has obtained a sample of a world-killing virus that Brixton was trying to deliver to his employers. That agent, it turns out, is Deckard Shaw's sister Hattie.

Does Hobbs and Shaw have anything to do with fast and furious?

Hobbs and Shaw are both semi-recent additions to the Fast & Furious franchise, but they've become quite popular already. They exited the main franchise after appearing in The Fate of the Furious to create a spinoff movie, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.

Did Hobbs and Shaw come out before fate of the Furious?

Furious 7 (2015) The Fate of the Furious (2017) Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) F9 (2021)

Does F9 reference Hobbs and Shaw?

When Dom reunites with Magdalene Shaw in F9, he makes a reference to her having recently served time in jail. This is a reference to her role in the 2019 spinoff Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.

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Answer 2

It's not really about bad editing/scripting, it's more about keeping the action moving and the audience entertained without having to get bogged down in explaining everything. If, after an action scene at night, our cuddly protagonists erect a tent and cook beans over an open fire before continuing more action scenes in daytime, audiences would get bored and the momentum of the film would stall. Pacing for action films is important.

Audiences know that these kinds of films aren't real (everyone knows that runways aren't 20 miles long). Action film producers know that their films don't live or die on their adherence to reality.

There's probably an arm's length of TVTrope links that can be supplied that will adequately explain the oddities and unreal situations in the F&F films, but that doesn't stop people from paying to watch and enjoy them.

Personally, I'm a kid inside and I enjoy these films. I know they're trash, and I'm ok with that.

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