Release Date: December 13th, 2019
MPA Rating: R (for strong violence and language throughout, bloody images and some sexual content)
Runtime: 2 hr 07 min
Directed By: Michael Bay
Written By: Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Mélanie Laurent, Corey Hawkins, Adria Arjona, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Ben Hardy
6 Underground is the latest project from Michael Bay, and written by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. The plot revolves around six vigilantes who are trying to change the world by eliminating the “bad guys.” The film begins with an extremely action packed car chase scene, but gives us flashbacks for each character to explain what has led to the present time in the movie.
The group is led by “One,” a multi-billionaire who seeks to use his riches to improve the world. He has made it a rule that no names are to be given. Each member is to be referred to as a number. One (Ryan Reynolds) witnessed the tyranny of a dictator which was the catalyst in his idea to create a six member crime fighting squad. He recruits five other members, and requires them to abandon their pasts and become “ghosts.” They do this by faking their deaths. The rest of the crew include Two (Mélanie Laurent), the spy, Three (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), the hit-man, Four (Ben Hardy), the sky runner, Five (Adria Arjona), the doctor, Six (Dave Franco), the driver, and Seven (Corey Hawkins), the sniper, who replaces one of the original six.
The movie’s plot revolves around the squad’s latest mission that involves the disposing of a tyrannical Dictator, Rovak Alimov (Lior Raz) of the nation of Turgistan. He has murdered and terrorized the people of his nation, while keeping his brother, Murat Alimov (Payman Maadi) locked up in a suite in Hong Kong. One’s plan is to free the dictator’s brother and stage a coup against Rovak. For the remainder of 6 Underground, we watch this plan unfold, with an abundance of shoot-outs, car chases, and fight scenes.
If you ever wanted to see a typical Michael Bay movie, 6 Underground would be a perfect candidate. I do not know what it is about Bay, but he does not seem to want to change any of his filming methods. I almost felt like I was watching a sequel to the Transformers franchise. The action sequences are filmed the same way, and have the same sci-fi effects being used. Another staple of a Michael Bay film is to show half-naked beautiful women, which he does multiple times.
Another gripe I have with this movie are the clear errors being made in regards to the locations. Bay uses multiple shots from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates and refers to them as being other locations, such as Las Vegas and Turgistan. Now, I would have only known this if I had been to Abu Dhabi, which I have. So this mistake may not affect other viewers as it had me.
Besides having the same traits as other Bay movies and setting errors, 6 Underground is action packed and contains Ryan Reynolds. For no other reason, one can still find enjoyment in watching this movie because of Reynolds. He brings his form of humor to the film which adds to its likeness. For me, if he wasn’t in the movie, I would have turned it off before finishing watching it. So in my opinion, Ryan Reynolds saves what would have other wise been an another anti-climatic Michael Bay movie.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars