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6 Underground

Michael Bay is hardly the most subtle director. Nor is he the most venerated, given how low critics often rate his films. Mention the ‘Transformers’ and ‘Bad Boys’ series, people immediately think big spectacle and low intelligence. ‘6 Underground’ is like that but is also lots of fun. Bay has been unrepentant in providing pure commercial fodder, with his latest an over the top action flick done in his the typically over-stated style.

Gray (Ryan Reynolds) is a billionaire who fakes his own death. Wanting purpose in his life, he forms an elite vigilante team taking down criminals that governments can’t touch. Each team member is given a number, including Two (Melanie Laurent) and Seven (Corey Hawkins). Each has special abilities in ensuring their prey is easily caught. One new target is evil dictator Rovach (Lior Raz). With an armada of deadly goodies at their disposal, the numerically afflicted troupe do their best to battle any wicked opponents.

‘6 Underground’ is a mix of the ‘Mission Impossible’ series and ‘The A-Team’. Like those franchises, ‘6 Underground’ isn’t really interested in plot. Making it stand out are the gargantuan production values and incredible action. It’s very much an over the top comic book come to life with glossy visuals reflecting its minimal characterisation and high octane stunts.

This isn’t an actor’s movie with Reynolds and company looking pretty amidst the explosions. They know ‘6 Underground’ is nothing more than cinematic bubble-gum, fun for a while and swiftly discarded at the end. Kudos to Bay for presenting yet another unapologetic thrill-ride with dour critics sure to pour more scorn while Bay’s care factor remains zero.

‘6 Underground’ is the perfect film to see when you don’t want to use your brain cells while watching. It’s extremely silly with nonsensical plotting, performances and direction. Despite all that it’s still an exciting romp if you don’t take it too seriously as occasional dopey viewing like this after a long day is not necessarily a bad thing.

Rating out of 10: 6

CURRENTLY STREAMING ON NETFLIX.

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