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DEADPOOL

SYNOPSIS: A former Special Forces operative turned mercenary (Ryan Reynolds) is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers and adopts the alter ego Deadpool.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Deadpool is the dead cool, foul mouthed anti-hero eager for revenge against the man who deformed him. It may not be original, but what the film lacks in freshness it makes up in cinematic bravura, from 'breaking the fourth wall' (talking to the audience) to self referential nonsense amidst violent mayhem. References to X-men also abound, often with pejorative subtext.

While all that stuff works for a laugh, it tends to detract from the film's grip on our emotional investment. Of course it's not to be taken seriously, with plenty of comic book characters and scenes.

I marvel at Marvel's ability to have conjured up such diverse superheroes ... and such a subversive one, too. But ultimately the film is a freak show, a novelty number which parades the filmmakers' raft of crafty devices from extreme stunts to extreme violence.

Ryan Reynolds plays it for fun, constantly in our face as the unhappy victim of a gross injustice. Bad enough to be diagnosed with cancer, succumbing to the temptation for a sensational cure, he is shown the cruelty of man. And fate.

There is the gorgeous Morena Baccarin as his love interest, considerable sex talk, and even some sex, and the pace is furious. It promises its fans a wild, fun, escapist ride - and on that it pretty much delivers, with snappy dialogue and first class effects.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 0
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 1

DEADPOOL (MA15+)
(US, 2016)

CAST: Morena Baccarin, Ryan Reynolds, Gina Carano, T. J. Miller, Ed Skrein, Stefan Kapicic, Rachel Sheen, Stan Lee

PRODUCER: Simon Kinberg, Ryan Reynolds, Lauren Shuler Donner

DIRECTOR: Tim Miller

SCRIPT: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Ken Seng

EDITOR: Julian Clarke

MUSIC: Junkie XL

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Sean Haworth

RUNNING TIME: 106 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: 20th Century Fox

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: February 11, 2016







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