Black Adam Review – The Rock thrives in a non-stop, action-packed ride

After years of conversations and several delays, Black Adam has arrived. Is it worth checking out? I share my review of the film and will let you know.

Nearly 5,000 years after he was bestowed with the almighty powers of the Egyptian gods-and imprisoned just as quickly, Black Adam is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world. The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Aldis Hodge, Pierce Brosnan and Sarah Shahi, with Jaume Collet-Serra behind the director’s chair.

Black Adam is in theaters now

The film begins with a cat-and-mouse game that finds Adrianna Tomaz (Shahi) hiding from many people due to her having this special crown. While on the hunt to find out the meaning behind everything, she is stopped in her tracks by the guys hunting her down by saying a few things that unleash Teth Adam on the world. After Teth Adam takes down the bad guys and saves her, he takes a few shots that knock him down for good.

After Adrianna and Karim save her, he finally awakens, confused about where he is, and this is where Amon Tomaz attempts to explain things to Teth Adam. But nobody can tame this beast while he breaks down walls and tries to figure out his next moves. While this is happening, we see Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) talking to the Justice Society about how they need to hunt him down and put him in their prison before his powers become any stronger.

We have been waiting for this film for quite a while since it was delayed quite a few times. But, of course, the hype machine The Rock has been promoting this everywhere for 20 years. With that being said, Black Adam not only delivers on what The Rock promised, but I think it exceeded my expectations.

I walked into this movie wanting non-stop action, a solid story, and us to watch these superheroes, anti-heroes, whatever you want to call them, kick ass and take names, and that’s what I got. I thought the story laid a good foundation for the background of who, what, and where about Teth Adam and the present-day obstacles he faced. From here, you see him develop a relationship with Adrianna and Amon, where he feels emotionally connected to them for bringing him back to life.

The Rock delivers within the role of Teth Adam/Black Adam, where we see him do The Rock type of things. He throws down the gauntlet of action against any forces in his way. But what stood out the most was how good the counterparts were in this movie. I loved the ensemble cast that Aldis Hodge and Pierce Brosnan highlighted. Both guys were perfectly cast within their characters, with the latter being quite a scene-stealer throughout. Without this strong ensemble, the film wouldn’t have landed the way it did for me.

I will be first to admit there are some issues with the film, including some VFX at times, but that didn’t take away from the experience for me to say anything more than I had a damn good time watching this.

Overall, Black Adam checked all the boxes I wanted to check, and I feel like it steered the DC franchise in the right direction. I look forward to seeing Black Adam on the big screen again, mingling with some of our other favorite DC characters.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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