Although it is terrible and any plans for a sequel go up in smoke, 6 Underground nevertheless remains a pivotal moment in the history of Netflix.
Taking over from David Ayer BrightThe action-packed blockbuster signaled a shift in how the streaming service would approach its highest-profile original content by recruiting Michael Bay to move from theaters to cinema-on-demand, giving it a $150 million budget and a top superstar. In Ryan Reynolds to lead the charge, although the results can generously be described as mixed since then.
Perhaps the most memorable thing about the silly globe-trotting epic is something that happened both on and off camera at the same time, in what constitutes one of the continuity errors the most infamous of recent years. During a high-speed chase sequence featuring Reynolds’ character, One, the vehicles involved race past… Ryan Reynolds, recording a promotional video for his social media channels.
It’s been four years since 6 Underground ended as one of Netflix’s biggest hits before disappearing into the ether of irrelevance in no time, but the leading man and producer obviously didn’t forget after throwing his hands up when it was brought to his attention again.
Reynolds has mastered the art of headlining Netflix’s All-Time Top 10 multiple times. 6 Underground, Red noticeAnd The Adam Projectbut fortunately he managed to avoid any glaring errors in the latter two, despite their many, many shortcomings on several levels.