Black Adam

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.

  • Released: 2022-10-19
  • Runtime: 124 minutes
  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
  • Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Pierce Brosnan, Aldis Hodge, Noah Centineo, Uli Latukefu, Sarah Shahi, Quintessa Swindell, Marwan Kenzari, James Cusati-Moyer, Bodhi Sabongui, Mo Amer, Tang Nguyen, Rahiem Riley, Donny Carrington, Joseph Gatt, Chaim Jeraffi, Viola Davis, Henry Cavill, Jennifer Holland, Djimon Hounsou
  • Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
  • benjaminwest-242 - 10 January 2023
    A fine antihero movie
    Black Adam is a premiere example of a film full of good ideas, yet mired by weak execution. This is unfortunate for a project that clearly was able to garner such a significant budget, making the final product all the more disappointing. There is not one singular issue the screenplay or production suffers from, either, as every element contributes to creating an often boring two hours. Between subpar character development and a simple surplus of unnecessary roles, the screenplay becomes convoluted. No theme can be quite driven home, then, even while the intriguing concept of a hero that is needed, versus being deserved, is introduced (i.e. The opposite of Nolan's Batman. Unfortunately, Black Adam is unable to distinguish himself as a great antihero because of the writers choice to suit the character to the plot instead of letting the character go on a genuine journey. The idea behind his anti-heroism is somehow especially uninteresting, even. What truly makes the story dull, however, is a mix of uninspired dialogue and awfully written comedy. The cast's delivery of each joke lacks energy, as if they already seemingly knew the humor was not working. Action could have been Black Adam's saving grace, yet also often falls to the film's overarching pattern of boringness. The scenes are CGI-fests that lack choreography and prove over-edited, in addition to the poorly explicated superhero abilities at play. To be fair, though, some cool moments do result from these various scenes. Regardless, Black Adam can be avoided and should only be viewed by the most avid Shazam! Or even just superhero genre fans.
  • wtftreywait - 8 January 2023
    A Sunday afternoon popcorn muncher that you will quickly forget.
    It might as well have been entitled 'Superhero Movie- The Movie'. It didn't make me want to shut it off, so at least it's got that going for it. And that seems to be the state of the DC movie universe today, I'm mildly impressed when the movie doesn't just suck.

    Good Stuff: cinematography was better than average, and the direction was good as well, the acting wasn't terrible, one day The Rock will find his breakout role but I don't think this is it. A surprising amount of violent death including a guy getting ripped in half... that's refreshing.

    The Bad: GENERIC, very, very, secret-super-jet-hanger-hidden-under-the-mansion, generic, so many characters I know nothing about and care about even less, the only one I recognized was Hawk, or The Hawk, or Hawkman, or whatever he's called, not exactly at the top of my fanboy list.

    Watchable once, probably won't watch it again. Sometimes that's enough.