Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Tim Miller|
by Fabian Nicieza
|Music by||Tom Holkenborg|
|Edited by||Julian Clarke|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Box office||$12.5 million|
Deadpool is a 2016 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is the eighth installment in the X-Men film series. The film is directed by Tim Miller, with a screenplay by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and stars Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T. J. Miller, Gina Carano, Brianna Hildebrand, Stefan Kapičić, and Leslie Uggams. The film follows Wade Wilson who, after being subjected to an experiment that leaves him with new abilities, hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
In February 2004, development for the film began with New Line Cinema. However, in March 2005, New Line Cinema put the film in turnaround and 20th Century Fox became interested. In May 2009, 20th Century Fox lent the film to writers, and in April 2011, Miller was hired to direct. Principal photography commenced in Vancouver, Canada, in March 2015 and ended in May.
Deadpool premiered in Paris on February 8, 2016, and is scheduled for release on February 12, 2016 in North America in IMAXand premium large formats.
- A mercenary who was subjected to an experimental regenerative mutation to cure his cancer, which gives him accelerated healing superpowers. This however comes with the cost of severely bad scarring, and slight insanity. Reynolds said that this version of Deadpool would be more “authentic” than the one that appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and would be more similar to the comic book character.
- A mutant with enhanced strength and an inability to feel pain, who is a weapons expert. He is also member of the Weapon X program that was responsible for the experiment for which Wade volunteered.
- T.J. Miller as Weasel: Wade’s best friend who regularly helps him carry out his activities.
- Gina Carano as Angel Dust: A mutant in alliance with Ajax, who possesses superhuman levels of strength and speed.
- Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead: A teenage X-Men trainee mutant, who possesses powers to detonate atomic bursts from her body.
- Stefan Kapičić as Peter Rasputin / Colossus:
- A mutant member of the X-Men, with the ability to transform his entire body into organic steel, and possesses super-strength while in that form. The role was originally offered to Daniel Cudmore, who had played the character in X2, X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: Days of Future Past, but he declined. Instead, Andre Tricoteuxportrayed the character through motion capture, while Kapičić provides the voice.
- Leslie Uggams as Blind Al: An elderly blind woman and Deadpool’s roommate.
- Jed Rees as The Recruiter: The Weapon X recruiter that enlists Wade into the program in hopes to cure his cancer.
Wade Wilson is a mercenary who spends his time in New York City protecting teenage girls from would-be stalkers. He meets escort Vanessa Carlysle and they become romantically attached for nearly a year when he suddenly collapses one night and is diagnosed with multiple organ cancer. He reluctantly leaves Vanessa to undergo an experiment to cure his cancer, only to be injected with a special serum by Francis Freeman and tortured for days by Angel Dust. When Wade is strapped into an airtight chamber, the drop in oxygen triggers a healing factor that removes his cancer, but severely disfigures his face and skin in the process. He escapes from the secret laboratory, but as he cannot come to terms with his complexion, he keeps himself away from Vanessa. Wade moves into the home of an elderly blind woman named Al, and with the advice of his best friend Weasel, he becomes a masked vigilante named “Deadpool”.
Following a string of leads from various syndicates, Deadpool attacks a convoy of cars on an expressway before getting his hands on Francis, demanding for a cure to his disfigurement. The confrontation is suddenly interrupted by the X-MenColossus Negasonicand Teenage Warhead, who want him to join the team. Their intervention enables Francis to run off, and when Colossus handcuffs himself to Deadpool on their way back to the X-Mansion, Deadpool cuts off his own hand and escapes back to his home.
The next night, Weasel convinces Deadpool to go back to Vanessa, but when they arrive at the strip club she works at, Deadpool discovers that she has been kidnapped, and Francis and Angel Dust tell him to meet up with them on a decommissioned aircraft carrier at a scrapyard. Deadpool convinces Colossus and Negasonic to help him, and the trio take a cab to the scrapyard, where Colossus and Negasonic have a grueling battle with Angel Dust while Deadpool slashes through an army of goons on his way toward Francis.
I went into this movie, not knowing anything about the character, Deadpool. I am glad we chose this flick. This was a great spoofy, but credible-in-its-own-right superhero film. Ryan Reynolds, and his character’s dry wit, even mocking himself, Wolverine, and the whole X-Men franchise, as well as the serious scenes, and action was amazing. The effects and acrobatic stunts in this film are done very well, considering the budget constraints. I didn’t see Reynolds making a viable superhero, but he has brought to life one of the funniest, most defiant, mold breakers of the genre. I simply loved this movie. 5 stars and Highly Recommended, Deadpool is a bad ass rebel superhero that is funny as hell. – MR