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Black Adam Review: The Rock Reigns Supreme In New DC Movie

Dwayne Johnson brings his charisma into the character of a conflicted superhero in the latest Black Adam from the DC Extended Universe.

Black Adam Review: The Rock Reigns Supreme In New DC Movie

Director Jaume Collet-Serra’s Black Adam is the latest installment in the DC Extended Universe. Black Adam is a Superhero flick with an entertaining origin story of a Middle Eastern slave who is transformed into a god. Black Adam releases in theatres today near you, right in time to make our chill weekend rituals power packed with entertainment. Who can possibly say no to a Superhero Film starring Dwayne Johnson? The runtime for the movie is 2h 5m.

Black Adam is the kind of movie that will compel you to re-think with intrigue because it appears to be a film that has picked everything good from the X-Men franchise but it stands to be unique. At a time, when most superhero films want to achieve a lot in a short period, Black Adam wants nothing of that sort. It intends to place a new character on the block that can flourish the franchise with multiple sequels. The screenplay is by Adam Sztykiel, Rory Haines, and Sohrab Noshirvani.

Black Adam Cast 

Black Adam Review: The Rock Reigns Supreme In New DC Movie

The movie stars Dwayne Johnson as Black Adam/ Teth Adam, Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher, Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller, and Pierce Brosnan as Doctor Fate.


After a prologue set in 2600 BC, the film flash-forwards to modern-day Kahndaq; a fictional Egypt-like country ruled by an evil organization known as Intergang. Hoping to find an ancient, magic crown that can help liberate her people, widowed professor Adrianna (Sarah Shahi) and her son Amon (Bodhi Sabongui) end up freeing Teth-Adam (Johnson), a lowly slave who fought for the Kahndaqi people against their oppressors centuries ago, from his tomb. Now reborn with Superman-like powers, Adam is viewed as a threat to Earth’s safety by the Justice Society. Teth-Adam comes to the modern world to defy everyone who stands in his way.

Black Adam Review The Rock Reigns Supreme In New DC Movie


Black Adam will instantly remind you of two superhero origin films – Wolverine and Black Panther. Wolverine, because of its overt assertion of Black Adam’s status as an anti-hero. The difference is the audience has seen Logan in so many X-Men films and has heard about James Hewlett, all it had to do was link the dots. But in the case of Black Adam, these connecting points are quite missing. Whereas, Black Panther, over the years has become a benchmark for all superhero origin films. While narrating Black Adam’s history, the film also comments on imperialism and military enforcement and echoes the theme of ‘war begets war’ loudly.

Black Adam Review: The Rock Reigns Supreme In New DC Movie

The screenplay makes room for characters to shine in their element. Collet-Serra delivers strained comic relief, and Noah Centineo plays the dorky Justice Society newcomer Atom Smasher with praiseworthy CGI-laden fight scenes. As for Adam, he only wants to help his Kahndaqis and he looks damn well while doing it. Even the Justice Society members and their superpowers feel familiar, although Brosnan is quite lovely as the thoughtful sorcerer Doctor Fate, who is both blessed and cursed to be able to see the future. Brosnan isn’t the only actor who brings some grace to the proceedings. Shahi is stirring as an activist determined to make sure her son grows up in a better Kahndaq than the one she has known. 

And Hodge exudes grizzled nobility, playing a traditional comic-book hero whose self-righteousness will be challenged by his interactions with this mighty being. The CGI and VFX of Black Adam without any surprises are impressive. And so is the music and background score. From Rolling Stones’ ‘Paint It, Black’ to Ennio Morricone’s ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: The Trio’ and Kanye West’s ‘Power’, all these seem to be fabricated for this film solely. 

The movie’s theme deals perfectly with amplifying the film’s emotional and dramatic stakes. This passion project serves the character well, setting up more adventures to come. Black Adam is a fun watch that will take you on a Middle Eastern-style getaway this weekend. 

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Source: India TV News

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Harjyot Sandhu is an Entertainment & Arts Intern at Empire Weekly. She was born and raised in Mumbai, and recently graduated with Bachelor's degree in Mass Media & Communications. She is an avid geek when it comes to contemporary media and her core interests lie within the entertainment and fitness industry. Harjyot enjoys the ever-changing pace of the world & human evolution.

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