Director: Ben Falcone
60 Seconds or Less: Thunder Force
Welcome back to In 60 Seconds or Less! Here. We’ll be giving some quick thoughts on the piece or media we have just consumed. For today’s video: Thunder Forc…
Thunder Force was okay at best.
What Happens in Thunder Force?
Lydia and Emily were good friends in high school, although drastically different people. As they went out into the world, their bond faded and they drifted apart as they grew up. Flash forward to their high school reunion, Emily and Lydia have grown apart and don’t talk a lot. When Emily doesn’t show up to the reunion, Lydia goes to see her and see if she can bring her back to the party. Emily had totally forgotten and was busy with work, but managed to take a few minutes away to see Lydia. When Emily leaves to go check on something, Lydia finds herself in a comfy chair and a couple of needles in the face. 15 years of work down the drain, Emily is now forced to team up with Lydia to avenge her parents and defend their city.
Who Are The Characters in Thunder Force?
Thunder Force follows the journey of Emily and Lydia. As a child, Emily lost her parents in the crossfire between during Miscreant attack. After that, she took it upon herself to achieve her parents’ wishes; to create people with powers from ordinary people. Emily is smart and is determined to reach her goals. Lydia is the opposite of Emily. Lydia is carefree and laid back, choosing to find fun instead of work. She also has a strong personality and will stand up for what she thinks is right.
Thunder Force Review
So, this was a movie alright and that’s about all you can say about it. It definitely feels like a middle-of-the-road, standard, average film that doesn’t really do anything too special. It fits within its genre well enough, but it doesn’t do anything too different or clever with the superhero idea and in today’s modern movie landscape with all the superhero movies being made, you have to find your own spin on the idea.
On a more positive note, this movie can be funny and there were some funny moments with the characters and some of the funny ways they use their powers. The characters themselves are ok. Although I thought it would be more of a partner film, the movie focuses much more on Lydia (played by Melissa McCarthy) who gets the power of super strength and there are definitely some funny moments using those powers.
Emily (played by Octavia Spencer) is less involved than I expected and the character gets to be the more serious character to balance off McCarthy. The characters don’t really have too much development after the first half an hour and most of the emotional moments don’t really work.
The plot of this movie is pretty thin and the story isn’t really well explained, the villain kind of comes out of nowhere, and really it seems less like a story and more like a bunch of random superhero moments loosely tied together. This movie also gets really weird sometimes and while some of it genuinely made me laugh, there were some moments where it just kind of was weird for no reason.
Honestly, the worst part about this movie is that it’s boring in quite a few places and usually with Melissa McCarthy movies, I would say that’s not the case but here I might end up forgetting this one.
All in all, there are better movies for each genre this movie falls into whether you’re looking for Action-Adventure, Comedy or Superhero but if you just want to watch a new movie it’s an okay flick to watch.