Sunday, December 15, 2019

6 Underground

Movie Name: 6 Underground
Year of Release: 2019
Director: Michael Bay
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Melanie Laurent, Manuel-Garcia Rulfo, Ben Hardy, Adria Arjona, Dave Franco, Corey Hawkins, Lior Raz, Kim Kold, Lidia Franco, James Murray
Genre: Action, Adventure
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 0
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Synopsis and Review:
After the last installment of the "Transformers" franchise, director Michael Bay has reunited with Netflix and writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese (responsible for "Zombieland" and the "Deadpool" films, to name but a few), to bring to the screens his take on a type of "Mission: Impossible" films. The film follows the story of a group of men and women, all of whom have been declared dead, and who collectively and under the tutelage of their leader, a retired billionaire, go about correcting injustices and wrongdoings in the world. Their first big assignment is deposing a tyrannical leader, and reinstating his arrested, and benevolent brother to power.
With all the noise, explosions and cacophony of bad stunts/driving taking place in this film, you'd think the narrative/plot-line would be a far better one, but this threadbare screenplay and the film that resulted from it, is quite possibly the worst big budget film I've seen thus far in my life. Michael Bay, as many and better reviewers have stated in their appreciation of his films, is a glorified Second-Unit film director, with a commercials-driven sense of aesthetic, for whom characters and their substance, are merely suggestions and not something to pay attention to. As a result of this trademark of his, this is once again a film where tons of cars get destroyed, a variety of bodies get mangled, lots of gratuitous touristy shots of "exotic" locales around the world are displayed, and where "impossible" stunts are played out, in an attempt to elicit awe and admiration. Both the director and writers, have managed to look at everything that Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie have been doing with the "Mission: Impossible" and in an attempt to do it better, have simply proven how good that team has been doing it all along (and in the process, have actually managed to offend the legacy of director Tony Scott, which this film also emulates). For all its shiny surfaces, explosions, dummies, objectification of women, this is a film that states absolutely nothing, has no redeemable aspect to it and it's a crude waste of money all around. Ryan Reynolds, typically an interesting actor to watch, has effectively found a new low. Avoid at all costs.


Mark said...

I wholeheartedly agree. I had to stop watching after 40 minutes. Awful!
-Mark Weaver