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17 Dec 2019

Home Video Review: Ryan Reynolds Stars in '6 Underground,' a Surprisingly Enjoyable Michael Bay Film

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Ryan Reynolds in 6 Underground. Ryan Reynolds in 6 Underground.

Michael Bay is back!

That phrase used to leave me truly stricken with terror—afraid to approach a movie theater. However, things have changed a bit.

First off, 6 Underground has gone straight to Netflix, so I can do stuff like pet my dog to calm down when the editing gets too frantic. Second, Bay seems to understand that he’s totally ridiculous by now. As with Bad Boys II, with which he seemed to be parodying himself, this one is so over the top that it actually winds up being a little on the fun side.

Ryan Reynolds stars as a tycoon who becomes a “ghost”—in that he has faked his own death in order to seek vengeance on bad people. He puts together a team of death-fakers, including characters played by Mélanie Laurent, Adria Arjona and Dave Franco. They go after bad people in a series of car-chasing, building-scaling sequences that often culminate in some of 2019’s most-glorious onscreen carnage.

Reynolds is, well, Reynolds here. That’s not a bad thing, and either Bay has calmed down his editing style, or I’ve just gotten used to it. Either way, I’ve found a space where I can sort of enjoy the madness that is Michael Bay—or at least I can in the case of this film.

6 Underground is now streaming on Netflix.

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