Black Adam movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Black Adam is the new DC film worth seeing in cinemas if you only want action, and don’t care about story. For others, the frequent action will eventually run flat in this dull, boring and pointless superheroes action movie with a flat story.


Thousands of years after he’s bestowed with the powers of the Egyptian gods and imprisoned, Black Adam is freed from his tomb, ready to bring his vengeful idea of justice on the modern world.

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Movie details

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Sarah Shahi, Pierce Brosnan, Aldis Hodge, Noah Centineo, Quintessa Swindell, Bodhi Sabongui
Writer: Adam Sztykiel, Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani
Release Date (Australia): 20 October 2022
Runtime: 125 minutes/2h 5m
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Adventure
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (M)

The film features frequent sequences of threat and peril, as well as several characters using fantasy powers during sustained action sequences.

Violence (M)

The film contains action sequences featuring the use of fantasy powers, kicks and punches, shootings and stabbings that are infrequently accompanied by small amounts of blood.

Coarse Language (PG)

The words “s**t”, “ass”, “piss”, “bastard”, “damn” and “hell” are used throughout the film.

mpaa rating

PG-13 (for sequences of strong violence, intense action and some language)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Black Adam feels like a Marvel movie, except it cares more about how “cool” its CGI and action is, which gets in the way of a properly thought-out story and sufficient entertainment. To sum this movie up in one (or two) simple words, it’s just completely pointless. Have movie celebrities, actors, directors, writers, producers and storytellers all lost their motivation for big comic book characters that fans actually care about? If they can’t come up with good ideas and an actual plot, they may as well just dump the whole project instead of providing people with disappointingly boring action.

It’s completely undeniable that Black Adam is a blockbuster, considering the nearly $200 million budget and the very well-constructed, fast at times action. Despite excellent costume design for the main superheroes in this movie, as well as the cinematically awesome sound effects and visual work put into the action sequences, this is an incredibly flat, pointless and majorly boring action flick that wastes it cast’s potential, opportunity and money. If you care about thematic aspects, Black Adam does take a few breaks to discuss the meanings of being a hero and being a villain, but that’s really about it.

Story-wise, there’s nothing to say or talk about, because there’s absolutely no thought for what the film is meant to be about. Again, the fantasy action is done almost impeccably, but it’s ruined by the fact that since it has no plot or character development to fill in the gaps, there’s flat dialogue and even more action to just pile it up into a long borefest of a mess. The entire thing is convoluted and you can feel every minute of it… Well, at least until the final third where you can feel every millisecond of it.

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