After faking his death, a tech billionaire recruits a team of international operatives for a bold and bloody mission to take down a brutal dictator.
Michael Bay is back doing what he does best. A big noisy bombastic action film with nods to both the Fast and Furious movies and The Mission Impossible franchise. Number One (Ryan Reynolds) is some kind of wisecracking billionaire inventor and IT expert. He is a ghost which means he has died in this world and been reborn to make right all that is wrong in the world. Number One and his crack team of other ghosts set out to topple a brutal middle eastern dictator who is gassing his own people. It is all very slick although confusingly Abu Dhabi seems to be standing in for lots of other countries.
Good to see Bay leave the robots behind and go back to making big dumb actions movies for grown-ups again. I honestly don't remember what happened in the movie but I had a ton of fun watching the lunacy unfold. Reynolds is great as always. He plays the same character he always does and that's why we love him. The rest of the cast is... in it. They're fine but really the film is Reynold's wit and Bay's bombastic action. His best film in a long time. Not saying much but no one makes movies like Bay and it's enjoyable to see him cut lose again.