Thunder Force (2021) Review

Certificate: 12

Director: Ben Falcone

Screenwriter: Ben Falcone

Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Octavia Spencer, Jason Bateman

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy

Runtime: 106 Minutes

Language: English


Reviewed by: Pearl

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Sometimes I watch a film that is so incomprehensible to me that I wonder how it got made in the first place.  This is one of those films.  Octavia Spencer is an Oscar winning actress for gods sake, and here she is reduced to being the sidekick to Melissa McCarthy’s endless stream of forced humour.  Comedies aren’t for me at the best of times, and this was not the best of times.

McCarthy plays the same bumbling, dim witted character that she plays in every comedy she is in.  And just for once I would like to see her try something different.  Her style of physical comedy is great, and was hilarious in the first five to seven films we saw it in.  It is starting to get a little old now.  There isn’t great on screen chemistry between her and Spencer even as they are meant to be playing best friends.  They feelings just weren’t there for me.  Her weird relationship with Jason Bateman is probably one of the funnier things in the film and is arguably more believable than her friendship with Spencer.

uper-villains, one woman has developed the process to give superpowers to regular people. But when scientist Emily Stanton accidentally imbues her estranged best-friend with incredible abilities, the two women must become the first superhero team. Now, it is up to Thunder Force to battle the super-powered Miscreants and save Chicago from the clutches of The King. – From IMDB

Bobby Cannavale was probably the best performance out of the lot.  He sold the megalomaniac thing well and never went so over the top it was unbelievable.  Pom Klementieff was passable as the villain Laser, but wasn’t given enough to do to stand out in any way.

There was some half decent action sequences scattered throughout, a staple in any superhero film.  And they were pretty well shot and choreographed which came as a surprise to me, as were the few emotional moments that we got as well, until most of them were ruined by some off colour joke.

The ending is left pretty open with the expectation that maybe there will be a sequel.  I for one am hoping that this will be a one and done deal as really, nothing about this film worked for me.

‘Thunder Force’ is streaming no on Netflix.


  1. Honestly, I wish Melissa McCarthy would keep to serious acting instead of the “comedy” she’s so famous for (please check out St Vincent starring her and bill murray. No it’s not a Ghostbusters remake and yes it manages to be funny, endearing and it’s great, just watch it).

    She always either plays a shy, awkward unassuming heroine eg. Spy or the foul mouthed, disgusting damaged but supposedly loveable gal eg. Identity Thief. The connective tissue in her comedy with i heard about it on ,usually involve LOUD NOISES, bodily functions being uncoordinated, joking about how fat she is and unfunny improv!


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