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Movie Review: “6 Underground”

There are many movies that are worth seeing, but there are a lot of stinkers as well. My goal here is to weed out the good from the bad.

Netflix Release: 12/13/2019

Netflix Release: 12/13/2019

Synopsis

One (Ryan Reynolds) was a billionaire while he was alive. After being presumed dead in an accident, he decided to take advantage of his unique opportunity. He would recruit a team of skilled men and women who have wound up in situations like his, and they would take out some of the world's baddest and most dangerous people. Although they are very much alive, they are ghosts to the rest of the world, and that gives them an advantage.

One is a billionaire tech-genius, he is the founder of the group, and he assigns each member a number, so the rest of the team does not know their real names. The team consists of a CIA agent (Melanie Laurent), a hitman (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), a parkour daredevil (Ben Hardy), a doctor (Adria Arjona), and a driver (Dave Franco). Their mission is to take down some of the world’s most evil people. Their targets are dictators, tyrants, and really anyone who uses their power for their own gain while hurting others. They hope to rid the world of some terrible people, but their first mission does not go as smoothly as they had hoped.

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The Pros & Cons

All movies start with an average score of 75pts, points are then added or subtracted based on each Pro and Con. Each Pro or Con is designated points, ranging from 0-10, to convey how significant these Pros or Cons are.

The ProsThe Cons

The Idea (+5pts)

Ridiculous Action (-4pts)

The Team Members (+8pts)

The Origins (-4pts)

The Action (+8pts)

The Antagonist (-6pts)

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Pro: The Idea (+5pts)

I thought the premise of this movie was an interesting idea. Was it ridiculous? Sure, but it was ridiculous in a way that could have worked well for an action movie like this one. It was a story about a bunch of people with special skills who had been presumed dead and join the team of ghost-assassins. I liked the impact that severing their ties had on them, I liked how they tried to avoid connecting with each other personally, and I liked how motivated they were to put up with all of that in order to take down the dangerous people they were trying to take down. It gave the characters a cause worth fighting for, it gave the audience a cause worth rooting for, and the characters’ reluctance to put their past behind them really amplified the importance of their mission.

Their goal was to use their unique position to make the world a better place. They had the freedom to choose their targets themselves, which meant that politics and ulterior motives never came into play. They very simply wanted to make the world a better place, which made it easy to root for their cause, and their situation made them really cool. Again, it was a ridiculous premise, but it was an interesting idea that worked well for an action story, and I thought the filmmakers handled it well.

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Con: Ridiculous Action (-4pts)

As should be no surprise in a movie directed by Michael Bay, there were some pretty ridiculous action moments sprinkled throughout this movie. There were cars crashing into wooden tables, which caused sparks and explosions for some reason. There was also the magnet scene—I am not going to say any more about it to avoid spoilers, but I am sure you will find it equally ridiculous if you end up seeing the movie. There were also a ton slow-motion sequences, which did nothing except hurt the pacing of the action that was happening on screen.

There was an antagonist hurling grenades with no regard for their allies or the damage that could be caused, and there was a flood that produced way too much water when considering where the water came from. The movie was filled with ridiculous action moments. In moderation, these could have been okay or they could have even worked comedically. However, the filmmakers included way too many of these moments and most were so distracting that they at least momentarily took me out of the movie.

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Pro: The Team Members (+8pts)

This was an over-the-top movie, and I liked the team involved. The characters were your typical over-the-top action characters, but they were an assortment of characters that I thought worked well together. They each had different skills, and they each had wildly different personalities. Their different personalities made their interactions with one another entertaining, and their different ways of handling things made their missions feel unpredictable and exciting.

I also liked that each character—other than Ryan Reynold’s character, One—felt that their group was a family of sorts. They each came from very different backgrounds, but they came together to form a team that they all cared about, even though some did not like to admit it. This movie would have been much less interesting if these characters did not work well together. Fortunately, I thought they all complemented each other well, and the actors had pretty decent on-screen chemistry with one another. This all came together to create a team that worked pretty well on-screen.

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Con: The Origins (-4pts)

The filmmakers spent too much screen-time showing the origins for each member of the team. For the most part, these were all unnecessary. We did not need to see the origins for Two, Three, Four, or Five. These were all simple characters that did not need to be elaborated on, but the filmmakers felt the need to show how they each joined the team, and it all felt like a waste of screen-time.

The only character that really needed an origin was One. The filmmakers showed some of what led to him forming the group, but there were a lot of questions left unanswered regarding this character. I still do not know why he decided to pretend he was dead, I still do not know what led to him wanting to take down the baddest people in the world, and I still do not know what made him decide to put together of people just like him. This character's origin was what led to this team existing in the first place, but the filmmakers did not develop the character properly. Instead, they delivered a bunch of unnecessary origins for each of the team members that did not need origins.

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Pro: The Action (+8pts)

This should come as a surprise to no one, but Michael Bay knows how to do action. Were there ridiculous and distracting moments sprinkled throughout? Absolutely, but the action was always exciting, and it there was plenty of it. There were intense shootouts, fast-paced car chases, explosions left and right, and plenty of parkour.

Yes, this was an over-the-top action movie. There were a number ridiculous moments, but the action was effective at keeping me entertained. You should not go into this movie expecting realism in its action. If you do, you will certainly be disappointed. However, if you go into this movie expecting mindless, popcorn-devouring, ridiculous action then this movie will deliver.

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Con: The Antagonist (-6pts)

We all know that any story is only as good as its antagonist. The antagonist does not need to be a mustache twirling "bad guy", nor does it even need to be a person at all. The antagonist could be nature, a storm, a disease, a monster, or even time. The antagonist could be anything that the protagonists need to overcome throughout the story, but no matter who or what the antagonist is, a story is still only as good as its antagonist.

In this movie, the antagonist was an evil dictator, and the filmmakers made him extremely one-dimensional. I am somewhat forgiving of this because this was supposed to be an over-the-top action movie, a genre known for one-dimensional antagonists. That being said, this guy was still just evil for the sake of being evil, and there was absolutely nothing interesting about him. It made for a boring villain, and I was not invested in seeing him get what was coming to him. I did not think this movie was bad, but having a more developed villain would have gone a long way in getting me more invested in the story and the protagonists mission within that story.

Grading Scale

GradeCategoryPoints

A+

Amazing

95-100

A-

Great

90-94

B+

Good

85-89

B-

Decent

80-84

C+

Average

75-79

C-

Watchable

70-74

D+

Bad

65-69

D-

Terrible

60-64

F

Garbage

45-59

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Grade: B- (82pts)

6 Underground was very honestly exactly what you would expect it to be. It was an action movie directed by Michael Bay, so you would be smart to expect ridiculous, over-the-top action with explosions both in places they should be, as well as in places they should not. This director is known for delivering a ridiculous, exaggerated style of action, but he knows how to do it effectively. The action was not exactly realistic, but it was intense and exciting, and that ultimately more important for an action movie than realism.

I liked each of the team member’s personalities and I thought they were pretty entertaining together. I liked the idea of a group of people who were presumed dead, but were trying to take out some of the world's most evil and powerful people. It was an interesting concept, but I could have done without the unnecessary origins for each team member. I also would have liked to have seen more development for the main character, One, as it would have gotten me a lot more invested in this entire story. Finally, there was the stereotypically evil antagonist who was pretty bland and did a poor job of getting me invested in the main plot. If you go into this movie expecting something more than ridiculous and mindless action, then you will be disappointed. However, if you are looking for a mindless, over-the-top action movie to pass some time and induce some popcorn munchies, then this movie is exactly what you are looking for.

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