‘6 Underground’: A dumb, thrilling adrenaline rush

‘6 Underground’: A dumb, thrilling adrenaline rush
Reynolds stars in the latest Netflix action thriller “6 Underground.” (Supplied)
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Updated 20 December 2019

‘6 Underground’: A dumb, thrilling adrenaline rush

‘6 Underground’: A dumb, thrilling adrenaline rush
  • A group of six individuals with particular skillsets have all faked their own deaths and cut all ties to their previous lives

DUBAI: If you’re unfamiliar with Michael Bay’s work (“Transformers,” “Armageddon”), the first 15 minutes of “6 Underground,” which are set in the streets of Florence, will get you up to speed. The development of characters and plot is not a major concern — racking up a dizzying number of eye-boggling stunts and explosions is.

The premise of “6 Underground” — as if that matters — is this: A group of six individuals with particular skillsets have all faked their own deaths and cut all ties to their previous lives. According to the script, this has freed them up to act as vigilantes to take down some of the world’s most evil, vicious individuals.




Scenes depicted in the film like Nigeria, Afghanistan, Hong Kong and the Middle East were all shot in the UAE. (Supplied)

Number One (played by Ryan Reynolds with some of the deadpan silliness he brought to “Deadpool”) is a tech billionaire (with a penchant for magnets that turns out to be very useful) who’s funding the whole venture. He has a strict (although not that strict, we discover) no-names policy, hence the numbers. Number Two is a doctor; Number Three a bulky hitman with a soft heart (as evidenced by the fact he still visits his ailing mother whose dementia means he’s not really violating protocol); Number Four a daring British free-runner/skater; Number Five a former CIA operative; Number Six a top-notch driver; and Number Seven an ex-military sniper. (One of them gets killed early, hence the ‘6’ in the title.)




It is said to be Netflix’s most expensive production to date, with a budget of around $125 million. (Supplied)

Their main target is the murderous dictator of Turgistan (upgraded to a sovereign state for the movie) whom the group aim to remove and replace with his apparently nicer brother. Much of the movie is shot in Abu Dhabi (which can be confusing for those of us who know the UAE capital well).

The few breaks in the adrenaline-inducing action are filled with wry asides and witticisms from Reynolds et al (to varied effect). But the movie’s main purpose is to thrill and entertain. So sit back, ignore the glaring holes in the plot and the clunky attempts to build some backstory for the characters, and enjoy some of the most thrilling fight scenes, car chases and general mayhem yet to hit any screen — big or small.