Reviews Thunder Force of a 1983 cosmic-ray blast
Thunder Force takes place in current-day Chicago , where the citizens struggle in the aftermath
of a 1983 cosmic-ray blast, which turned sociopaths and criminals into lethal villains wielding
deadly superhero-like powers. They are called “Miscreants” by the cowed and helpless populace.
The Miscreants have wreaked havoc ever since, and regular human beings are powerless to stop them.
Lydia (Melissa McCarthy) and Emily (Octavia Spencer), best friends in grade school
and then estranged for many years, team up to combat the Miscreants, using a genetic
soup-formula developed by Emily over a painstaking years-long process, which can be
injected into “regular” people, giving them superhero powers as well.
Written and directed by Ben Falcone, “Thunder Force” is also a kind of genetic soup,
a mish-mash of different genres: buddy comedies, buddy dramas, girl-power superhero
movies. With such powerhouses as McCarthy and Spencer at the helm, it’s a surprise
that so much of the film is inert, rote, conventional.
When Lydia and Emily come back into each other’s lives after childhood,
Emily has risen to the top of her field as a geneticist and CEO of her own company.
Lydia works a forklift. When Emily doesn’t show up to the high school reunion,
Lydia is devastated, and goes to Emily’s gleaming corporate offices, determined to
drag her friend back to the party. This is their childhood all over again: Emily was studious,
Lydia was a bruiser.
It worked in childhood, but not so much as an adult. Lydia is told not to touch
anything in the offices, but Lydia does, accidentally injecting herself with half
of the superhero-genetic formula, the one that will make someone super, super strong.
Lydia did not sign up for this, and neither did Emily. Emily is enraged, but there’s
nothing she can do. She takes the other half of the genetic formula, the one that will
make someone invisible.
Then comes the training montage, as they both get comfortable with their new powers.
Meanwhile, a mayoral race heats up in Chicago.
One of the candidates is nicknamed “The King” (Bobby Cannavale), and he is an openly evil thug, strutting around in suits that make him look like he stepped out of a Damon Runyon story.
The King is in cahoots with the Miscreants, one in particular, named Laser (Pom Klementieff), whom he sics on his perceived enemies.
Lydia and Emily name themselves “Thunder Force,” go on a couple of trial runs, before setting their sights on taking down The King. Lydia gets side-tracked by a flirtation with a half-Miscreant named Crab Man (Jason Bateman), who has no visible superpowers, unless you call awkward crab-pincer arms superpowers.
All of this is very standard and none of it is particularly interesting.
Watching CGI-generated McCarthy and Spencer flipping and twirling
through the air attacking their enemies is not my idea of a good time.
What is my idea of a good time, however, is watching them develop a relationship,
watching them make each other laugh, watching them act together. They’re great together.
That’s the draw, the two of them.
There’s not enough of it. By comparison, “The Heat,” where McCarthy played a volatile unpredictable FBI agent partnering with the prim-and-proper rules-following Sandra Bullock, ดูหนังออนไลน์ used specific genre scaffolding mainly to let the two actresses run wild within that structure.
Every scene features goofy schtick, and the crime they investigate is somewhat irrelevant.
The only game in town is their chemistry as actors. “Thunder Force” doesn’t allow for that.
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