The beginning of the movie IS the movie

There’s blood bursting from what looks like a bullet wound and you can hear panicked voices just before a finger presses the Engine Stop-Start button and your speakers start to bleed out a mix of tire squeal and V-6 roar ready to spill over the streets of Florence, while someone is performing impromptu surgery in the back seat.

Welcome to Underground 6, Michael Bay’s latest movie, for which Netflix pulled out of its hat a budget of $150 million, Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese - aka the writers that gave us Deadpool - and the ever-charismatic Ryan Reynolds.

All you need to take from this movie is the 20-minute car chase that opens it

A DayGlo (the official Alfa Romeo color name is Neon Green) Giulia Quadrifoglio riding on black wheels is the exact opposite of stealthy. You’ll see it just as clearly as you’ll hear it, but those attributes don’t really matter in a car chase. In a car chase, the superstars should be horsepower, torque, and the driver. Not that we encourage people to get into car chases, we’re merely looking at it from a theoretical standpoint. Of course, what we said earlier applies in real life. 6 Underground, however, is directed by Michael Bay, so whenever two cars touch even slightly, they turn into ice skaters, taking off, twisting mid-air, landing (most of the times badly), all in a curtain of sparks and explosions. They are the stars here. It’s like watching Transformers all over again, but sans the robots; just the cars.

Then there’s a lot of Alfa Romeo product placement. The chasee, the said Giulia QV, is elaborately detailed from bumper to bumper, with every detail popping up on the screen to let you know not only who built it, but how many creases and line the body has. Heck, we’ve seen video reviews of the Giulia that featured less shots of the car.

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The chasers, however, don’t get the spotlight so often. Sure, you could argue that giving a black Lancia Ypsilon less screen time than a group of nuns falling off their bikes makes all the sense in the world, but there’s also a Bangle-designed BMW E60 5 Series joining the chase that deserved way more attention. Alright, I happen to love Mr. Bangle’s 5er. I admit it.

Extract the Baby Driver-like drifting and spinning and all in all, you’re looking at 27 vehicles that are left smashed in the wake of the chase, including Audis, Chevy Suburbans, trucks, Vespas, one Maserati Quattroporte, and a VW Amarok pickup truck. Again, like Transformers, but with just the cars. And if you like the geeky stuff, there are 1.35 demolitions per minute, according to Screen Rant.

Yet the most surprising detail isn’t in the pure car trashing brought by the mad Giulia hunt. Instead, it’s the amount of bodies involved in it. And by bodies we mean human bodies that jump out of crashing cars or fall from motorcycles, or are simply at the wrong place at the wrong time and get smashed in the process.

Remember how most running car explosions and crashes depicted in a movie fail to show, even for a split second, what happens to the occupants? Well, 6 Underground is having none of that nonsense. If a car hits a water fountain and someone didn’t fasten his seatbelt, well, he’s in for a bath via the windshield. Oh, and the Giulia actually displays some front end damage halfway into the chase, so kudos for that too, Mr. Bay.

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The second part of the chase is more of what happened in the first part, until the driver in the Giulia gets spiked to death by a forklift. And that, dear petrolhead friends, is where 6 Underground ends for us. The rest of the movie involves some weird use of magnetism to disarm bad guys on a boat, lots of parkour stunts and a plot and ending that hint at a 6 Underground sequel. Seriously, you’re better off watching the first 20 minutes twice.

Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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