Per IMDb: “A fast-talking mercenary with a morbid sense of humor is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers and a quest for revenge.”
Wade Wilson (Reynolds) is a bad arsed mercenary that just won’t shut up. He dispatches his quarry with extreme prejudice and I do mean, extreme. He meets the woman of his dreams, Vanessa (Baccarin), a woman who is tough as nails, just like Wade and just as beautiful as she is tough. He meets her at a shady underground bar that caters to mercenaries and other ne’er-do-wellers. At said establishment, they have a “dead pool” where the patrons of the bar place bets on when certain mercs will die. The bartender has a lot riding on Wade.
One day, as Wade and Vanessa are about to slap nasties, Wade keels over. It turns out he has cancer that has spread throughout his body. Word gets around to a secret company that says they can cure Wade of this cancer. Wade meets Ajax and Angel Dust, who turn out to be torturous a-holes and give Wade a hard time, which he, of course, smarts off to them about; insulting them, indeed. The company isn’t necessarily looking to help Wade but to make him an indestructible soldier for their bidding. Wade doesn’t know this and reluctantly agrees to go through with the procedure. Ajax injects Wade with a mutation and because each person’s DNA is different, they don’t know how it’s going to turn out. They deprive Wade of Oxygen which makes the mutation accelerate and it turns out, he becomes enhanced with strength and healing abilities. Sounds good right? Well, the bad part of that is it permanently scars Wade’s entire body. He ends up destroying the lab he was “made” in and sets out to find Ajax to get him to reverse the damage done to his body. Does he get Ajax? Does he go back to the way he was? Can he ever face Vanessa again? You’ll have to watch to find out.
It’s no secret that I have a love for comics and comic movies; I owned a comic store for a bit. But, I have to say for the most part, the later batches of superhero films have been let downs or not lived up to hype. This one, had many starts and stops along the way to production but then it happened and Ryan Reynolds became a producer of the film in addition to playing the “merc with a mouth,” Deadpool. I have always loved Deadpool. He had his healing factor, just like Wolverine, he was pretty awesome in a fight and he had the wit of Spider-Man magnified by 30. Add in vulgarity and for S’s & G’s magnify that by 100.
Reynolds plays this part perfectly. The action was good, the script was good, the acting was good. The special effects are fun to watch. We get Colossus (voiced by Stefan Kapicic), albiet all CGI, and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (played by Brianna Hildebrand) from the X-Men to help Wade fight against the “bad guys.” You certainly have to have a fair amount of suspension of disbelief for this to work and when you’ve done that, this is a really, fun film to watch. The violence is over-the-top. The jokes are nasty. The language is beyond vulgar. But, the fun? It’s all worth it for that. I was laughing hard throughout most of the film and 3B loved it as well. I can’t believe Disney signed off on something this lewd but I’m glad they did. I thought it was a great film, really. Oh, and the complete annihilation of the fourth wall, that doesn’t hurt either.
Rotten Tomatoes has it at 84% Fresh with an Audience Score of 90%. IMDb rates it at 8.1 stars out of 10. I saw the film on Blu Ray, a friend let me borrow it, but you can watch it free on Amazon Prime with an HBO subscription. That probably means you can find it on HBO and you may be able to find it on demand, as well. I really liked it and I’m rating it 4.75 stars out of 5. Have you seen it? What would you like to read/hear me review? Let me know.
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“Now, I’m about to do to you what Limp Bizkit did to music in the late 90s.” – Deadpool/Wade Wilson