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The Rock’s new movie is bland and predictable


Dwayne Johnson stars in Warner Bros.’ “Black Adam.”

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Not even Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson could salvage Warner Bros.’ latest entrant into the DC Extended Universe.

“Black Adam,” which premieres Friday, did not impress critics, generating a meager 53% on Rotten Tomatoes from 102 reviews as of Thursday afternoon. While expectations are that the film can pull between $55 million and $75 million during its opening weekend, poor word of mouth could dash the reportedly $200 million film’s hopes before it has a chance to take off.

The film centers on Black Adam, a man who was bestowed the almighty power of the gods, but uses those gifts for vengeance. He is imprisoned for nearly 5,000 years and emerges in modern times to dole out his own unique form of justice.

Unlike his traditional superhero counterparts — in this film it’s the Justice Society, not the Justice League — Black Adam is not averse to the use of deadly force.

Here’s what critics had to say about “Black Adam” ahead of its theatrical debut:

Kristy Puchko, Mashable

Mark Kennedy, Associated Press

Pierce Brosnan and Dwayne Johnson star in Warner Bros.’ “Black Adam.”

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Alonso Duralde, The Wrap

David Ehrlich, IndieWire

Dwayne Johnson is Black Adam in Warner Bros.’ newest DC film “Black Adam.”

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Matt Singer, ScreenCrush



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