Review: ‘Thunder Force’

Posted 4/23/21

Octavia Spencer and Melissa McCarthy star in “Thunder Force,” a fun superhero film.

Emily Stanton and Lydia Berman (Spencer and McCarthy) were best friends growing up and became …

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Review: ‘Thunder Force’

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Octavia Spencer and Melissa McCarthy star in “Thunder Force,” a fun superhero film.

Emily Stanton and Lydia Berman (Spencer and McCarthy) were best friends growing up and became estranged.

In a world where villains called The Miscreants have superpowers, young Emily vows to avenge the death of her parents at the hands of the bad guys. Her drive and intensity drives a wedge between the friendship. Laser (Pom Klementieff) takes out a statue of an angel, which Lydia tapes back together.

Hoping to reconnect at their high school reunion, Lydia goes to Emily’s office to persuade her to come. Left alone in Emily’s lab, Lydia touches devices she is told not to. Mistakenly injected with a genetic sequencing platform,  Lydia gets the super strength that was meant for Emily. Emily completes her treatment and is able to become invisible. Matching costumes and the obligatory hands on hips pose with wind blowing through their hair completes the transformation

After a funny discussion about what to call themselves, Hammer and Bingo become Thunder Force. They start going after Miscreants in a tricked out purple Lamborghini, singing Glen Frey’s “Smuggler’s Blues.” Starting with “The Crab” (Jason Bateman in a funny turn), a villain with claws for arms, and a dance sequence to Glen Frey’s “You Belong to the City,” their first mission does not go as well as expected.

Their subsequent exploits are successful and they achieve popularity, leaving notes saying, “We don’t want rewards, but we’d like to throw out the first pitch at the Cubs game”

It turns out that mayoral candidate, The King (Bobby Cannavale) is in partnership with The Miscreants, and is using them to get elected. He barges in to their headquarters. “This is a social visit,” he tells them. “Otherwise, you’d be dead.”

After he loses the election, The King goes on a rampage and Laser almost kills the heroines. Lydia and Emily have a fight. Lydia storms out and goes on a date with The Crab, who tells her that he was bitten by a radioactive crab.

He confesses to her that he’s not really all bad, just “half-creant.” Lydia learns that The King plans on a big conciliatory party for the mayor-elect, only to blow up all of the guests who voted for her.

The two heroines confront Laser, in the final showdown:

“You know killing people is not a recognized hobby,” Hammer tells Laser.

“I don’t know how to knit,” she replies.

                                                                                                                

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