So, “Thunder Force”.....it has not been doing well as of late. And after three separate attempts at trying and failing to get past the first forty minutes, I can see why.
I’m not even going to beat around the bush here; right off the bat, the worst thing about this movie is I have absolutely no idea who the target audience here is supposed to be. The damn film keeps stroking out between either taking itself seriously or pissing in its own pool of campiness, having relatable layered individuals or straight-up one dimensional pricks or having any legitimate effort in trying to be funny. Any attempts at comedy are either pedestrian and shallow, unbearably dry and forced or unnecessarily rotten and mean-spirited, all of which go hand in hand with how unhinged the tone is. It’s completely out of balance in moments that either neither to be serious or would work better with some absurd comedy. Even with a few select chuckles under its belt, how exactly I am supposed to cheese my way around this one the rest of the way through; I can’t. Because this movie was exactly what I was expecting it to be: another SNL sketch/Improv stitched together purely designed just to bore you to tears or PISS YOU OFF!
The direction is a perfect example of that; you cannot convince me Ben wasn’t on autopilot when visualizing this generic, dull, predictable straight line towards nothing happening and nothing that matters. McCarthy and Spencer barely share any chemistry with one another, none of the other performances are really that memorable with the exception of Jason Bateman, VFX and wire work practically screams shoddy production values, action sequences felt uninspired and sloppy and with no tension, atmosphere or need to—seriously, I can’t drag this out any further.
The best compliment I can give this Netflix product is that it doesn't mislead anyone: it's precisely what viewers expect it to be, whether that's nice or horrible. To me, it was horrible.