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.