Damson - What we're watching #19
It's a Michael Bay movie and it stars Ryan Reynolds. You'd be a fool to at least not have some idea what to expect!
Whether you love this or hate this entirely depends on how much you like Michael Bay movies and his brand of "Bayhem".
So, is Bay's latest offering, the Netflix original "6 Underground" worth your time? Yes. Just about.
As you'd expect, it's heavy on the explosions and light on pretty much everything else, apart from the odd Ryan Reynolds one-liner. Reynolds is usually good value and ridiculously entertaining, but it does seem that every character he is playing these days is just a variation of Deadpool. That's not necessarily a bad thing as the Deadpool movies are VERY funny, but it gets a little tiresome after a while.
What is the "story" then I hear you ask?
Well, Reynolds is an eccentric billionaire who recruits a vigilante squad, all with specific individual skills, to take down criminals and dictators from around the world. The mission is to start a coup d'etat in the fictional nation of Turgistan, and overthrow the dictator and replace him with his more peaceful and reasonable brother. Straight forward, right? Obviously, to do this they need to shoot their way though different countries, taking the occasional break to get their rocks off. Because Michael Bay.
It's not a terrible plot in theory, but it's so convoluted with crap dialogue and action sequences that make little to no sense, and the film gets lost at times.
If it sounds like we didn't like the movie, that's not the intention. The opening car chase sequence is very, very good. The last half-hour set on a luxury yacht is also great fun, it's just everything in between that could have done with a little more work. Also, you've got to admire the real lack of giving a shit about how blatant the product placement is. They get Red Bull in, Chopard watches and even Ryan Reynolds' own Gin brand. It's not exactly a new concept for a Bay movie, but it really starts to take the piss a bit here.
Would we suggest watching it? Yeah, sure, why not. It's not going to change your world or anything like that, but as a popcorn flick/action movie that you can just switch your brain off to and enjoy the "Bayhem" in your own home, you could do a lot worse. Just don't expect to see this represented at any award ceremonies in 2020!
Good-hearted fun, which is just how we imagine Michael Bay intended it to be.
January 25, 2020