Ryan Reynolds brings his trademark sarcasm but also possesses a good heart – his normal schtick. Acting like he doesn’t care, he swiftly jumps into risking his life to save others during a gas attack by Rovach on his own people. That puts them at odds and One makes bringing the tyrant to justice his mission.
Reynolds isn’t the only cast member with ties to a comic franchise. Adria Arjona, who plays agent Five, starred on Good Omens and will be in Morbius next year. She shows promise here but if it weren’t for a rising profile in cinema, her part would be forgettable outside her chutzpah in the middle of the most frenetic action scenes.
6 Underground is standard fare for a fast-paced time killer but I didn’t find it terribly distracting. You’ve seen 10 movies with this plot (in 2019 alone). A third of them are by Michael Bay and most of them are on Netflix. They all end roughly the same way too: six (or more) assemble to go on a special-ops assault and learn the value of teamwork. They also think of themselves as a family when all is said and done, however tenuously. What holds them together? They “blow shit up awfully loud.” That line is a credo to end all Michael Bay movies with, I think.
Turkmenistan and its authoritarian leader Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov seem to have inspired the production of a big-budget American movie.