One could say 2019 had its amazing moments and I would gladly say 6 Underground was one of those. Directed by Micheal Bay and written by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, fans got what they deserved when an amazing cast and a story riddled with explosions and intense action scenes graced the cinema screens.
I have seen quite a number of action movies and a few of us are used to Micheal Bay’s explosive dilemma and destructive intent (the Transformers movies bare witness), but 6 Underground was exactly as what it was advertised. A Bay movie where everything gets blown up and torn to pieces.
It would be a shame to rate 6 Underground as nothing as more than just 5/10, its more than that. In fact a 7 is worth it. Coupled with an amazing cast, explicit content and one of those unbelievable plots, it ranks high up there as one of my favourite Bay movies ever.
6 Underground is a 2019 American action thriller film that stars Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool), Mélanie Laurent, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Adria Arjona, Corey Hawkins, and Ben Hardy.
The movie is produced by Bay alongside his longtime business partner Ian Bryce and Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger.
What is 6 Underground all about?
The plot of 6 Underground follows the story of an American billionaire and philanthropist known as ‘One’ (Ryan Reynolds) who made his fortunes from inventing neodymium magnets but later fakes his own death to form a vigilante squad hell bent on taking down criminals and terrorists governments are afraid to touch.
- “6 UNDERGROUND” (2019) – Pictured: Corey Hawkins, Adria Arjona, Ben Hardy, Ryan Reynolds, Mélanie Laurent, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo
Photo Courtesy of Netflix
The 6 talented and presumed dead heroes known as “ghosts” risk their lives to take on a brutal leader and regime in the Central Asian nation of Turgistan after years of witnessing death and turmoil befall the people of a nation which has been long forgotten by the rest of the world.
One, played by Reynolds recruits the best five people to his team who have decided to abandon their pasts and join his cause as ghosts comprising of Two, a spy; Three, a hitman; Four, a parkour runner and thief; Five, a doctor; and Six, a driver.
Why 6 Underground is worth checking out
Bringing to screen a fun, explicit piece of cinema overdosed on energy drinks and turning it into a glorious action thriller is worth watching. The writers do a decent job keeping the viewer glued to the screen afraid to miss any of those gripping car chase effects and intense moments.
The first 5 to 8 minutes alone of 6 Underground were enough to get me interested right from the spot and kept me at the edge of my seat wondering what comes next after witnessing a thrilling car chase scene through Florence, Italy with close to reality visual effects.
Apart from a decent plot and well done visual effects, the back story about each of the ghost crew is somewhat done right, giving us a glimpse into the past of almost each member. Not forgetting Ryan Reynolds performance alongside his crazy gang of bad asses.
6 Underground wasn’t just about glorious action, the dark humor and complex relationship between One and his other crew members like Mélanie Laurent (Camille/Two) and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo (Javier/Three) left me laughing off the top of my head. If you love Ryan’s previous acts from films like Deadpool, just expect a dose of that multiplied.
You should however know this, despite having some good pointers, 6 Underground is indeed just another Micheal Bay movie.
‘6 Underground is Mountain Dew in cinema form, bursting with energy and ridiculous ideas that is occasionally entertaining but mostly just exhausting.’ — Jennifer Heaton, Alternative Lens
‘This is indeed a Michael Bay movie, and it has no shame about that. It’s utterly insane-and an absolute blast.’ — Josh Martin, Film Inquiry
Ignore some of the bad reviews and negative talk about Micheal Bay, and watch the movie with an open mind. You will clearly see how exciting it is and what makes it tick.
Watch: 6 Underground Trailer
Director: Micheal Bay
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Mélanie Laurent, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Adria Arjona, Corey Hawkins, Ben Hardy
Producers: Michael Bay, Ian Bryce, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger
Companies: Skydance Media, Bay Films
Release Dates: December 10, 2019 (The Shed) – December 13, 2019 (United States)
Spur Magazine Rating: 6/10
Genres: Action Thriller
Author: Allan Bangirana
Allan Bangirana is a freelance writer for Newslibre & Spur Magazine. He is passionate about tech, games and occasionally writes about entertainment, lifestyle and so much more.