- BOTTOM LINE: Only For Hardcore Action Lovers
|Platform: Netflix||Genre: Action|
What Is the Story About?
Six combat specialists, each with a unique skill set are brought under one roof by One (Ryan Reynolds). They form a group of vigilantes who takedown ‘greater evils’ in society. All the while, they are perceived as dead for the rest of the world. 6 Underground is about one such dangerous mission they undertake.
Ryan Reynolds plays a dialled down version of Deadpool. He has the same deadpan humour and over the top antics in place, but it happens in intervals.
Undoubtedly, Ryan Reynolds is the only reason to sit through the whole proceeding. He tries his best to engage and make sense of what’s happening in his style. Sadly, it is not enough.
Michael Bay is a big name when it comes to action spectacles in Hollywood. He has delivered many ‘action’ classics at the beginning of his career. There is a particular term ‘Bayhem’ for his style of mass destruction on screen. But over the last decade, he has failed to create the magic of the initial movies. They had the right combination of the spectacle and the story.
6 Underground is another action-heavy outing as one expects from Michael Bay. It has a decent setup and premise, but that’s it. The setting is only an excuse for the massive explosion and car chases. The rest, essential details like the story and character development, seem like an add-on.
The action is grand true to his style and might remind one of The Island among his films. But, it is marred by convoluted narration and messy editing. The story and also the action suffers throughout due to them.
Basically, 6 Underground is all about three blocks, the opening chase in Italy, the Hong Kong rescue mission, and the final block revolving around a ship. For action movie lovers, there is enough in these sequences to like or enjoy. And that would be enough.
But, for others who want some character developing, watch a bond grow organically between the group and some depth in the story, there is nothing of that variety on offer. It is as simple as that.
The writing is all about one-line quips, making jokes that are unfunny most of the times. The ‘Bayhem’ dominates everything and leaves one numb by the end. Sometimes it is due to crazy editing and the other times for the needless gory visuals on display.
There is an idea to make a franchise out of 6 Underground. Given what is shown, which is nothing, definitely, they can make another one where they can tell us something more about the various characters.
Overall, if watching explosions and cars running through the streets, eyes popping out and head-blowing to pieces is your idea of an action entertainer, watch 6 Underground. The rest can stay away blissfully unaware of its existence, and nothing would be missed.
As the title suggests, there should be six members of the team. While the lead Ryan Reynolds takes the “One”, the rest are filled by Melania Laurent, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Ben Hardy, Adria Arjona, Dave Franco, and Corey Hawkins. The last of these offers some semblance of depth in his performance. Others are given a try, but it doesn’t work.
Peyman Maadi, a reasonably good actor in dramas, is given joke of a character. He still does well but fails to make a strong impression. The rest have brief appearances mouthing generic lines.
Music and Other Departments?
The music by Lorne Balfe is loud and bombastic whenever necessary. It means most of the time. The cinematography by Bojan Bazelli is superb when capturing the establishing shots of a location at a distance. But then it instantly moves to close-ups and comes across as shaky. The action scenes are designed on a grand scale, but the execution is far from satisfactory. The frenetic cuts with blurs and close-ups don’t let one fully immerse in the experience. The wow factor is missing. The editing is poor on both (action and narrative-wise) counts. The writing is terrible.
Three Action Blocks
Did I Enjoy It?
Yes, in parts
Will You Recommend It?
Yes, but with huge reservations
6 Underground Review by Siddartha Toleti
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