Some of the longest-term readers of OCF may remember that I was a big fan of the first Deadpool movie. And the lion’s share of that regards is probably due to the scathingly sarcastic humor that Ryan Reynolds brought to the part. While discussing the attributes that I admired most in that movie with a millennial friend at work he mentioned that Reynolds had made a movie in 2019 that he thought also possessed some of these same characteristics. That movie is “6 Underground.” After watching the movie, I will agree that it does have some of the right stuff.
The premise of 6 Underground is that a billionaire technology inventor decides to fake his own death and recruit five mercenaries to form a team of ghosts to take down the worst of the worst human plagues. Each will have faked his death and thereby prevent their family or friends from being hostages to their actions. And even among themselves they are anonymous. Ryan Reynolds is One. A blonde CIA Spook is Two. Three is a Hit-Man. Four is a “Skywalker” (a traceur or one who practices parkour). Five is a lady doctor. Six is their driver.
The film is told in various jumps forward and back to show how Reynolds recruited his team and then to set the stage for the mission, to replace a brutal dictator with his more civilized brother.
One of the most memorable scenes is a car chase through the streets of Florence, Italy with the team being chased by a seemingly unending string of black sedans seeking revenge for a mafia lawyer who was robbed of his retina-scan-locked cell phone and also the retina needed to open it. The driving and crashes are very well done and they are interspersed around Reynolds trying to unlock the phone with his victim’s gouged out eye in the front seat while Five attempts to remove a bullet from Two in the back seat while she is fighting a running gun battle against the other cars.
Reynolds isn’t as funny in this movie as in Deadpool but I enjoyed the movie. I would say it is one of the better action adventure comedies. So, if that’s a type of movie you enjoy give it a try and especially if you’re a fan of Deadpool.
Deadpool was my favorite movie of 2016. I saw the movie on a recommendation and really didn’t know what to expect. But from the first moment of the intro with Angel of the Morning playing over the comedic version of the credits revolving around a freeze-framed photo of a hyperkinetic centrifugal multi-villain murdering automobile rollover I knew it was gonna be great. Now granted, Deadpool viewing does come with some penalties. Deadpool is a fan of Wham and George Michael in general. This is painful. The end credits roles through an entire Wham song. So, you take the good with the bad.
I went to see Deadpool 2 today. I won’t put in any spoilers. In the latest installment Deadpool puts together a team that he calls X-Force because he says X-Men is too sexist. He faces off against Josh Brolin as a time travelling mercenary called Cable who sports a bionic arm. And the scene where they first deploy as a team is hysterically funny. Negasonic Teenage Warhead is back but this time with hair and a Japanese girlfriend. Colossus is also back and even develops a little edge by the end of the movie. And Morena Baccarin and Leslie Uggams and that doofus from Silicon Valley are back too. And once again Wade Wilson is plunged into despair. And that means he will be employing barrels full of ultra-violence and mayhem will rain down on his enemies and of course also hilariously on his unkillable self. There is a scene where Deadpool is regenerating his lower body that is truly disturbing and symptomatic of some psychotic issues among the writers. And there is plenty of truly horrendous schmaltzy music. But Deadpool keeps the terrible sight gags and banter flowing throughout the show. And there are even a few scenes of tenderness and love. And unlike the terrible unhappy ending of Avengers: Infinity War, if you stick around during the credits there’s a bonus that sets some things straight.
Deadpool is a guilty pleasure. He is obscene, sacrilegious, depraved and extremely gross. But it cannot be denied that he is funny. And in our increasingly humorless politically correct environment that alone should be enough to justify the time spent.