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April 13, 2020

6 Underground --- “They Say No One Can Save The World. Meet No One.”


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Hello, Movie Buffs!
     Directed by Michael Bay (Transformers: The Last Knight) and written by Paul Wernick (Deadpool 2, Zombieland 2) and Rhett Reese (Deadpool 2, Zombieland 2), 6 Underground (2019) is a Netflix action thriller about a team of freelance mercenaries who have been declared dead and now ply their trade underground as ghosts. Billionaire Number One (Ryan Reynolds), super-sexy badass Number Two (Mélanie Laurent), tough guy Number Three (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), free-running parkour daredevil Number Four (Ben Hardy), sleek operator Number Five (Adria Arjona), and death-defying driver Number Six (Dave Franco). Their mission: target the corrupt ruler (Lior Raz) of the fictional Middle Eastern nation of Turgistan and replace him with his more level-headed younger brother (Peyman Maadi). 
     With a $150 million budget and in typical Michael Bay fashion, 6 Underground (2019) features a lot of action and explosions but this time the action is delivered in a whole new way and it all starts in the opening moments. There are high-speed car chases, insanely big set scenes, blood and gore, helicopters, and most of all explosions. 6 Underground is one of those mindless action films that doesn’t care if you like it and doesn’t care if you love it, which helps and hurt the film. This is a long and frequently incomprehensible, self-indulgent film that allows Bay to feed every impulse by making an earnest effort to be one of the most exaggerated versions of a Bay & Ryan Reynolds film, much like Deadpool. Both the beginning and the end are comprised of big action scenes, while the rest of the film is filled with moments of dialogue and more big action scenes. What little dialogue we are given is almost entirely made up of sarcastic quips and small character build-ups that don’t actually go very far. Although director Bay is good at what he does, he’s one of those directors who shouldn’t have this much freedom because his baser tendencies tend to drown out whatever story the film is trying to say. But considering that this film establishes from the start exactly what kind of film it is, then you can’t fault it for staying true to its roots.
     The cast performances are great. Ryan Reynolds (Free Guy) is fun and gets all the best lines as Number One but he also plays the same type of character that we’ve seen from him a hundred times. I mean sure he is good at it but now it's becoming expected of him to the point that I wouldn't be surprised if he ended up doing B-rated action films in the near future. In short, I would like to see more range with him. Melanie Laurent (Operation Finale), Manuel Garcia-Rulfo (Widows, Greyhound), Ben Hardy (Bohemian Rhapsody), Adria Arjona (Triple Frontier, Morbius), Dave Franco (Easy), Corey Hawkins (In the Heights), and Payman Maadi (Camp X, A Separation, 13 Hours) are all great with their respective characters. 
Overall, 6 Underground (2019) is a mindless and action-packed Netflix film that has Michael Bay and Ryan Reynolds written all over it. The film is less concerned with answering plot questions and instead prefers to plunge into the next big and insane action scene. The cast performances were good all around but I do wish that I could see more range from Reynolds in the future. If your a fan of big and insane action sequences or if you're looking for some mindless entertainment then I highly recommend this film.

Final Vote --- 6.8 of 10 stars

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