Dwayne Johnson starred Black Adam opens with a breathless boy-narrated sprint through thousands of years of history, painting the mythical Middle Eastern nation of Kahndaq. The major takeaways are: oppressed slaves, the luminous blue crown of power, a hero will rise, etc. The Kahndaq of today, which is scorched by the heat, crammed with people, and dotted with soldiers with British accents, suggests the anti-colonialist film that Black Adam occasionally alludes to.
Black Adam opens with a breathless boy-narrated sprint through thousands of years of history, painting the mythical Middle Eastern nation of Kahndaq. The major takeaways are: oppressed slaves, the luminous blue crown of power, a hero will rise, etc. The Kahndaq of today, which is scorched by the heat, crammed with people, and dotted with soldiers with British accents, suggests the anti-colonialist film that Black Adam occasionally alludes to.
The 2019 Shazam spin-off wastes no time in getting started with a prequel that explains how Adam Teth, a hero, a champion, and a legend, became Black Adam. From that point on, the movie moves at a constant speed. Because of this, Black Adam is noticeably tenser than typical superhero movies.
Never does it lose steam. The movie could have benefitted from slowing down a little bit at certain points if anything. It provides information at a fast pace that tends to eclipse the surface-level thrills of a well-mounted film.
In summary, Teth-Adam (he isn’t referred to as “Black” Adam until late in the film) is an ancient warrior from the country of Kahndaq who has been endowed with abilities by the same council of wizards who gave Shazam in the DC Extended Universe his superhuman abilities. Under dire instructions from the villainous Ishmael Gregor’s minions, Dr. Adrianna Tomaz (Sarah Shahi) awakens the 5,000-year-old man who has been imprisoned (Marwan Kenzari). Adam is lost and unsure of who to believe, but it’s definitely not the thugs threatening him with firearms. He begins a murderous rampage, eliminating local threats, their reinforcements, those people’s reinforcements, and so forth until he poses a threat on a worldwide scale.
The Justice Society of America soon takes notice of Adam. Despite their lack of familiarity with the threat they are facing or how to deal with him, a team commanded by Hawkman (Aldis Hodge) is sent to Kahndaq to eliminate it. The crew also includes the wise Doctor Fate, the witty Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell), and the enormous Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo) (Pierce Brosnan). Although the JSA doesn’t want to accept it, Adam operates in a world of grey, much like they do. They think of themselves as the white knights to his…blackness. The actual danger comes from Ishmael, who, if he doesn’t get his way, will hurt Tomaz’s kid Amon (Bodhi Sabongui). Perhaps it’s time to work together?
Similar to most superheroes, Adam carries a lot of emotional baggage, much of which is connected to his son Hurut (Jalon Christian/Uli Latukefu). The film spends an exorbitant amount of time on Adam and Hurut’s past and even longer on people who aren’t required.
The two-hour length of Black Adam, written by Adam Sztykiel, Rory Haines, and Sohrab Noshirvani, is one of its greatest assets. Even though the constant stream of set pieces seems rather recognizable, it does not outstay its welcome.
Knowing full well that he is the main attraction, Dwayne Johnson confidently accepts the challenge. However, despite his best efforts, he is unable to hide the clichés from superhero movies that the character must cope with while battling his own rage and the hostile skepticism of the Justice Society superheroes who face him.
Aldis Hodge and Quintessa Swindell, in particular, who play JSA members, have their moments as do the mother-and-son actors Sarah Shahi and Bodhi Sabongui. Additionally, Doctor Fate, played by Pierce Brosnan, is notable. However, Black Adam is entirely Dwayne Johnson’s movie.
Black Adam Audience Reaction
Black Adam earned unfavorable reviews and ratings following the review embargo. There were worries that this would have a bad effect on the audience once the movie became widely available.
However, it seems that viewers are, so far, voting by their emotions and ticket purchases that they disagree with the reviewers’ assessment of Black Adam.
“#BlackAdam is built on some epic, non-stop action. It made me want a sequel with a smoother story immediately. When it moves, it’s a straight shot of adrenaline. The characters are dope, especially Teth-Adam and Doctor Fate. It’s a bad-ass film,” wrote a user on Twitter.
On Rotten Tomatoes, Black Adam currently has a Tomatometer rating of 39% from 226 reviewers but a 90% audience score from over 5,000 ratings.
Johnson celebrated the news on Twitter, writing, “A huge THANK YOU!!!! to the fans for our amazing 90% Audience Score for #BlackAdam.”
Black Adam Box Office Collection
The movie had its theatrical release on Friday, October 21, and made $67 million domestically and $73 million overseas at the box office. Since the premiere of Marvel’s Thor: Love and Thunder earlier this summer, this film’s domestic performance has been the greatest. For the first time since July, the movie contributed to last weekend’s domestic box office earnings of over $100 million. Other feature films did well as well, including Tickets to Paradise throughout the weekend, in addition to Black Adam’s outstanding performance.