Noob Reviews: 6 Underground
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is 6 Underground?
Released in December 2019, 6 Underground is a Netflix original film directed by Michael Bay in which One, a billionaire who faked his own death so that he was able to put together a team of highly specialised vigilantes. Goes up against the dictator of Turgistan (Rovach Alimov) with the sole intention of having him overthrown from power and Rovach’s brother (Murat) put into power in his place.
Turgistan itself is a Central Asian nation that was subjected to a brutal regime change, one that One had the misfortune of seeing first hand while visiting a field hospital to deliver aid and get some great public relation shots. And yes, yes he does start off as a self-absorbed playboy just in it for the fame and glory. Unfortunately while on-site at the field hospital, it is subjected to an aerial bombardment of poisonous gas that begins to quickly eliminate the women, children, elderly and severely wounded all around One as he is rushed off to safety in a gas mask. It is at this point, One realises something needs to be done. And that Alimov needs to be removed.
Having faked his death not long after the events above, One proceeds to put together a team of elite operators from their fields. Whether it be getaway drivers, assassins, thieves, parkour runners or a doctor. All of them are highly skilled, reliable, and once One has made contact - also ‘dead.’ Each and everyone faking their death and assuming new identities so that they can operate from the shadows as One does. Unfortunately for Six, he does not survive the team’s opening mission in Florence. He is replaced quite early in the film with Seven. A former Delta Force sniper riddled with survivors guilt after he saw his team killed in a car bomb attack in Afghanistan, after he was denied the ability to take the driver out, by his commanding officer.
New to the shadowy world of One and his new teammates, Seven finds it difficult adjusting from military life to that where people do not use their real names or form meaningful relationships. However, given time, the conflict of ideals between One and Seven serves only to make the team more durable and better adjusted to being able to work alongside one another. And they will need it, whether it be Florence (Italy), Las Vegas, Hong Kong or Turgistan itself - the team travels to a variety of cities and countries collecting the evidence and information that they need to replace the dictator of Turgistan with his imprisoned brother. Before going after Murat himself. And finally coming face to face with Rovach himself.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- Official trailer linked from Netflix’s YouTube channel -
You can also find the listing on Netflix here.
When did it come out?
6 Underground was released in December 2019.
Who are some of the actors and actresses that we might know?
Adria Arjona (Five)
Ben Hardy (Four)
Corey Hawkins (Seven)
Dave Franco (Six)
Manuel Garcia-Rulfo (Three)
Mélanie Laurent (Two)
Ryan Reynolds (One)
For a full cast listing, please see the official IMDB page here.
What did you think of 6 Underground?
With a fantastic trailer that just scratches the surface of 6 Underground’s white knuckle chase scenes, daring stunts, parkour extravaganza and mind-blowing action sequences - the film has a lot to offer in the way of eye candy. However, although it sets a high pace which it manages to keep up the entire movie, the story is a shallow and dull one that has appeared in many films before. Sure One made his billions off of super-powered magnets. But there are very few details that make the story stand out.
When it comes to the overall casting, I thought the inclusion of Ryan Reynolds was a fantastic idea as he brings his dry wit and humour. Corey Hawkins was a fantastic addition who portrayed his role well as did Mélanie Laurent and Adria Arjona Torres. However, Ben Hardy and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo really leant into their characters a bit too much, which made them predictable and boring outside of the action sequences. And Dave Franco was purely in there as a cameo going off of the limited dialogue and screen time. By the time Seven had been recruited, Six (Dave Franco) was already forgotten. The supporting cast for team Turgistan Tyrants was also underwhelming, with boring, stiff acting and sparse dialogue that really drove home what little original story there was. Lior Raz (who played Rovach Alimov) would have easily been at home with his head shaved entirely bald, stroking a cat-like Blofeld.
Don’t get me wrong, a lot of the effects were great, the actions sequences were well choreographed, and there was still a sort of ‘switch off and enjoy’ entertainment value to the film, but it could have been so much better. And with the cast it had, having seen many of them in other roles, they were not really used to their full potential.
Although not the best action film out there, or even the best Netflix original, worth a watch and if another did come out, I would give it a look.
What rating would you give 6 Underground?
I would give 6 Underground a rating of 3.2 out of 5 bananas.
What could have been a fantastic film was a predictable and mediocre outing at best. Sure it would kill some time on a lazy evening when you just want to watch a movie and switch off, but nothing truly memorable. If it weren't for the action sequences and stunts, I probably would have ended up giving this film a much lower rating.
Thank you very much for checking out the review, and if you are interested in 6 Underground and would like to check it out for yourself, to form your own opinion, you can check it out here.