Deadpool

So for my first movie seen at the theatres since 2005 was at the VIP Cinepolis – a swanky theatre with reclining seats and food service at your seat – today and it was (it just had to be) Deadpool. A 2016 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, it is the eighth installment of the X-Men film series, and is directed by Tim Miller. Written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the film stars Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T. J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand, and Stefan Kapi?i?.

What can I say about this awesome flick? It is funny, bloody, gory, swear word fest, superhero action flick with elements of science fiction which delivers on it’s promise and a lot of the fans are lapping it up. The movie tells us about the origin story of Wade Wilson aka Deadpool, a former special forces operative who while working as a mercenary for hire in NYC meets and falls in love with Vanessa Carlyle. A years after they move in and he proposes to her, Wade falls unconscious in their bedroom – the diagnosis is terminal cancer. Though she sticks by him, Wade doesn’t want her to see him die. When he is approached by an executive for a secret program offering an experimental cure for his cancer, Wade initially dismisses it but then changes his mind and leaves Vanessa alone at home while he goes to meet the recruiter.

At a laboratory, Wade meets Ajax and Angel Dust, whom he instantly resents. Ajax injects Wade with a serum designed to awaken latent mutant genes, then has him subjected to days of torture to induce stress and trigger the mutation without success. Wade discovers Ajax’s real name, Francis Freeman, and mocks him. In response, Ajax straps Wade into an airtight chamber which raises and lowers the oxygen level to keep Wade constantly on the verge of asphyxiation – leaving him over the weekend but not before Ajax reveals to Wade their true purpose: to make super-powered slaves to be sold to wealthy customers. While inside the chamber, Wade develops a healing factor that cured his cancer but left him severely disfigured as a side-effect. He escapes from the chamber and attacks Ajax, but relents when told that his disfigurement can be cured. Ajax subdues Wade, impales him with a rebar and leaves him for dead in the burning laboratory.

Wade survives and tries to get back to Vanessa but he stops short of contacting her as he sees others recoiling at his disfigured face. With the help of his best friend Weasle, Wade covers himself in a costume, uses the name Deadpool and hunts for Ajax. As a masked vigilante he also moves in with an elderly, blind black woman. He finally tracks Ajax making his way across a large bridge with a convoy of his goons and attacks them, killing of the goons and demands a cure for his condition from an impaled Ajax, when two X-Men, Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, who have been trying to recruit Deadpool, stop him from inflicting more damage. Ajax uses the distraction and escapes, Colossus handcuffs himself to Deadpool and begins dragging him away, in order to take him with them back to the X-Men’s mansion to ‘see the Professor’ (Charles Xavier / Professor X). Deadpool cuts off his own hand and escapes. His hand slowly regenerates overnight. Ajax goes to Weasel’s bar and learns about Vanessa. In response, Weasel calls Wade and tells him Vanessa is in danger. Wade goes to the strip club where she works but hesitates before he can face her. As a result, Ajax has time to kidnap Vanessa. He and Angel Dust tell Deadpool to meet them on a decommissioned helicarrier in a scrapyard.

Deadpool, after calming himself down, recruits Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead and ride to the scrapyard in a cab. While Colossus and Negasonic battle Angel Dust, Deadpool fights his way through Ajax’s henchmen, and eventually engages him in close combat. While Colossus and Negasonic battle Angel Dust, Deadpool fights his way through Ajax’s henchmen, and eventually engages him in close combat. Colossus urges Deadpool to be a hero and spare his enemy, but Deadpool kills Ajax anyway. Wade turns to Vanessa, who removes his mask revealing his face. Vanessa is angered that Wade left her, but still loves him. She accepts him, and they reconcile by kissing. Wade comically tells the X-Men to leave and stop watching them.

Hilarious (so many laughs in the theatre), cuss words filles, R-rated, black humour riddled, fun filled, action packed and boombastic blockbuster. The fight scenes are excellent and the special effects is awesome. What more do you want? Indian censors bleeped out the film and also cut 10 minutes from it. But I give it a 9.5 outta 10!

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