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Thunder Force (2021)

Action | Comedy | SciFi
Rayting:   4.3/10 16923 votes
Country: USA
Language: English

In a world where supervillains are commonplace, two estranged childhood best friends reunite after one devises a treatment that gives them powers to protect their city.

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sareed1971 9 April 2021

While Melissa McCarthy can be funny (I enjoyed The Heat and Spy), it's obvious no matter the studio, everything McCarthy and her husband, Ben Falcone, offer up is immediately greenlit. That has to stop. This is the umpeeth unfunny movie by the married duo.

After the first 30 minutes, I simply had the movie on in the background, but could still hear McCarthy's ad-libs which were excruciatingly awful.

If this is the best an immensely talented actress like Octavia Spencer has to pick from, that's a sad commentary on the state of comedic films. Let's hope she got a big, upfront payday.

jcparker-86318 9 April 2021

One of the reviewers mentioned that this wasn't unwatchable. I disagree completely. I went in expecting typical Melissa McCarthy lowbrow trash, but this is cringeworthy. Octavia Spencer seemed like she knew how bad this was as she was in it and appeared to phone it it entirely.

I made it as far as the "crab man" and turned it off. I won't even waste another moment of my life reviewing it.

michellepitiris 9 April 2021

I watched this thinking Melissa, Octavia and Jason wouldn't betray me with some crappy, predictable comedy. I was wrong. I mean, it's not unwatchable but it's definitely not worth a rewatch. Just put it on to play when you go out so the dogs have some background noise to distract them from chewing your furniture.

AccessCardRequired 9 April 2021

It's mind-blowing how this movie got made. Is it for Melissa and Octavia? Did those two actually read this script? There's no timing from an uninspired and clearly lackluster direction by Falcone. Scene after scene drag like chewing gum on a stick. What's the premise of the whole thing? Is this based on a comic strip? Then five year old ones sure will like it. Oh, that's why there's no swearing in it. Oh, yeah PG13. Why would Netflix put this on my watchlist? With all the negativity in my lines, I really, really liked Melissa and especially Octavia in other films. But apparently both rather take the check then make a good movie.

jan-ze-man 12 April 2021

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ARFtheman 9 April 2021

Honestly, I wish Melissa McCarthy would keep to serious acting instead of the "comedy" she's so famous for (please check out St Vincent starring her and bill murray. No it's not a Ghostbusters remake and yes it manages to be funny, endearing and it's great, just watch it).

She always either plays a shy, awkward unassuming heroine eg. Spy or the foul mouthed, disgusting, damaged but supposedly loveable gal eg. Identity Thief. The connective tissue in her comedy usually involve LOUD NOISES, bodily functions, being uncoordinated, joking about how fat she is and unfunny improv.

This movie is just more of that. The fact that her husband writes directs all these genre spoof comedy films and feels the need for his wife to star in them is either an indictment on nepotism to enable him to funnel money from film studios into his pocket or a touching story of a man, blinded by love unable to see the faults of his paramore (or his own writing).

Note how I only mentioned this movie once? Yeah, it isn't worth the watch and I have wasted everyone's time by even putting my thoughts to keyboard. Well, back to watching paint dry.

MovieMutt 9 April 2021

This was like a blah Disney movie but with curse words and sexual innuendos so I'm confused as to who the target audience is. Melissa McCarthy's (whom I love) husband wrote and directed the movie and once again he just doesn't have what it takes. All of his films have been stinkers. I also love Octavia Spencer but she isn't a comedic actress so her performance fell very flat for me. Overall, I'd say skip it. It was boring and brought nothing at all original to the table.

msbreviews 9 April 2021

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Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy, husband and wife, have been making movies together since the former began his filmmaking career. Literally, every film directed, written, and/or produced by Falcone has the famous actress in the lead role, all exploring subgenres of comedy. From romance (Superintelligence) to crime (The Happytime Murders), without forgetting a road trip (Tammy), now comes the time for Thunder Force, a dive into the highly profitable superhero circle. However, I don't believe the couple's real goal is to deliver a globally liked movie. Actually, I firmly defend that their purpose is to provide the most nonsensical piece of storytelling possible, hoping that viewers find it entertaining enough.

Directors, screenwriters, actors, and every other crew member... a vast majority aspire to deliver a groundbreaking masterpiece. A film recognized by everyone as "remarkable cinema". Something worthy of many Oscars, Golden Globes, and much more. Movies like Thunder Force aren't made to receive regular nominations, but instead, to try and be present at the Razzies - both Falcone and McCarthy have been quite successful in this achievement. While the actress continuously shows her undeniable talent that would be better employed in other films - such as Can You Ever Forgive Me? And Bridesmaids - the writer-director continues to put together awfully dull movies.

To be completely honest, the first act of Thunder Force is surprisingly decent. The setup to the main narrative is interesting enough, and the comedy peak is reached during the first half-hour. The massive problem is that this peak offers no more than a couple of chuckles occasionally. From the start of the second act until the very end, Falcone embarrassingly fails to offer genuine laughs. The tone is ridiculously out-of-balance, with almost every scene being a forced attempt at humor, even when the moment doesn't ask for it. Incredibly flat - and some disgusting - jokes are repeated throughout the film, which ends up dragging an already stretched out runtime.

The superhero plot is as generic and predictable as it could be in a movie that makes no effort in trying to do something remotely different than what viewers have seen for the last couple of decades. The VFX look like they came from an amateur studio as if Netflix didn't even care about its own product. Story-wise, there's not even a proper way of analyzing such a silly screenplay. In one moment, it seems to be taking a specific scene seriously, but a couple of minutes later, everything is back to the annoyingly dumb environment. Don't get me wrong: if there's a type of humor I absolutely adore is absurd comedy, but it needs to be done properly, with the right people and the right story.

In the end, I usually tend to have a light hand in films like this. Thunder Force is just another addition to the never-ending list of "forgettable movies", which isn't something that really bothers me. It's exactly what everyone expects it to be, which can work as a compliment if people want to. The most frustrating aspect of all of this is watching McCarthy and Octavia Spencer - two outstanding actresses with five Oscar nominations combined, including a win for the latter in The Help - working on hopeless projects such as this one. It begs the famous question: why?

Thunder Force is yet another piece of pointless, absurd storytelling from Ben Falcone, f

krzysiektom 9 April 2021

Probably the worst Melissa McCarthy movie so far. Really bad, boring and looks cheap. McCarthy is OK in this but Octavia Spencer is dreadful.

bjtkemp 10 April 2021

So incredibly pointless. Not to mention unfunny, predictable and embarrassing. How, how, HOW did this stain of a film get made? So depressing. And pointless. Avoid.

kjpjfbjyy 10 April 2021

I don't understand how someone can really make a movie like this, watch it, then believe it's good enough to release to the public. The only thing more annoying than McCarthy is the fact that I can't get the time I wasted back. Take my advice, don't waste yours.

yawkeymama 12 April 2021

Typical Melissa McCarthy and husband movie. If she is in, he is in it! I couldn't make myself watch to the end.

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