Hobbs & Shaw

This weekend, the Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw bursts into theaters, but in select locations — 25 screens in the U.S. and Canada — the action will hit screens in 4DX.

4DX is truly an experience — immersing the audience with enhancements that hit on all of the senses with special effects, including wind, rain, motion, scents, and more. For Hobbs & Shaw, 4DX theaters in the U.S. have been upgraded with a new “Extreme Speed” effect that is not available in international markets. The first spin-off from the Fast & Furious universe is an action thriller that finds Luke Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) teaming up to take down the cybernetically enhanced Brixton (Idris Elba) — a villain who takes his licks and keeps on ticking. With Shaw’s sister Hattie (Vanessa Kirby) joining the fight, the explosive action kicks in for a globe-trotting adventure.

Working alongside Universal Pictures, 4DX developed the Hobbs & Shaw 4DX experience to include a vertigo effect as Hobbs and Shaw scale down a skyscraper, with motion, vibration, wind, and the back tickler working together to provide audiences with the stomach-turning sensation of speeding down the face of the building. Hand-to-hand combat is enhanced with motion, vibration, a back impact “stimulator,” and leg ticker, while vehicle sequences add air gusts into the mix as the motion allows audience members to feel the swerves and impact.

Additionally, the 4DX slow-motion effect will allow the seats to roll, pitch, heave, and vibrate as time slows down, while explosions will be complemented by warm air and fog for the sensation of lingering heat and smoke. Samoan breezes will provide a cooling sensation of tropical wind while bullets, rainstorms, and even Brixton’s cybernetic enhancements will be felt throughout.

For those who haven’t yet experienced a film in 4DX, check out the 360 VR that they’ve put together as a preview of Hobbs & Shaw.

Most 4DX presentations only run for a week, so be sure to catch Hobbs & Shaw while you can. For a full list of participating theaters, click here.

Photo: Universal Pictures

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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn, AKA The Rock Father, is Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, a Senior Editor at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider, and Editor of The Toy Report, The Toy Book‘s weekly industry newsletter. As a pop culture and toy industry expert, Zahn has appeared as a panelist and guest at events including Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Wizard World Chicago, and the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy. Zahn has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment, retail, and publishing industries, and is frequently called upon to offer expert commentary for publications such as Forbes, Marketwatch, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Post, and more. James has appeared on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, was interviewed by Larry King and Anderson Cooper, and has been seen on Yahoo! Finance, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, CBS, WGN, The CW, and more. Zahn joined the Adventure Media & Events family in 2016, initially serving as a member of the Parent Advisory Board after penning articles for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family, PBS KIDS, Sprout Parents (now Universal Kids), PopSugar, and Chicago Parent. He eventually joined the company full time as a Senior Editor and moved up the ranks to Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief.