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Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Noah Centineo, Aldis Hodge, Pierce Brosnan, Sarah Shahi, Uli Latukefu, Marwan Kenzari, Quintessa Swindell, James Cusati-Moyer, Bodhi Sabongui, Mo Amer
OUR RATING: ★★☆☆☆
Superhero fantasy action based on the DC Comics character of the same name directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. Black Adam (2022) follows an antihero (Dwayne Johnson), who nearly 5,000 years after he was bestowed with the almighty powers of the gods, and imprisoned just as quickly, is freed from his earthly tomb, ready to unleash his unique form of justice on the modern world.
Our Favorite Quotes:'There's no point in dwelling in the past. It's already moved on from you.' - Kent Nelson (Black Adam) Click To Tweet
Hurut: [in Kahndaqi] If we had more heroes, then maybe our freedom wouldn’t be a dream!
Amon Tomaz: The council of wizards, the magical guardians of the earth, sought to restore the balance. They empowered him with the gifts of the ancient gods. And turned a boy into a champion.
Amon Tomaz: But legend says, whenever kahndaq needs him most, the champion will return to restore freedom to the people. It has been a long, long wait.
Adrianna Tomaz: You want to be a hero, huh?
Amon Tomaz: I do, yeah.
Adrianna Tomaz: Go home, do your homework. Your time will come one day. But not today, son.
Karim: And all I inherited was a sweater.
Adrianna Tomaz: That’s not true. Baba left you his Van and his bald spot.
Karim: You know, some women like a bald spot. Curly on the outside, smooth on the inside. You know?
Adrianna Tomaz: “Speak not his power, so he may suffer a dreamless sleep for all eternity.” Teth Adam. The slave who became champion and defeated the king. The legend was true. Kahndaq really did have a hero once.
Ishmael: If he was such a hero, why did they Bury him down here?
Commander: Any last words?
Adrianna Tomaz: Please tell my son, “Mightiest of mortals, god of gods, six immortal elders by name.”
Adrianna Tomaz: “Shazam!”
Commander: [after Adam is awakened] Who the hell is that?
Ishmael: You wouldn’t believe me if I told you.
Black Adam: [as the men are shooting at him, in Kahndaqi] Your magic is weak.
Adrianna Tomaz: What happened?
Karim: What didn’t happen! Samir fell off of a cliff. I had a gun to my head. Ishmael is buried under a mountain. And you summoned some flying magic man. All for what? Nothing!
Karim: [referring to Black Adam] Did he just catch a rocket?
Karim: What are you doing? Don’t touch him, he’s made of lightning.
Adrianna Tomaz: Good point. You get him, you’re the electrician.
Amanda Waller: What do you think?
Carter Hall: I think this loose Cannon needs to be locked down before innocent people start getting hurt. Oh, and good morning to you too.
Amanda Waller: Shove it up your a**, Carter.
'Life is the only path to death.' - Adrianna Tomaz, 'No s**t.' - Karim (Black Adam) Click To Tweet
Carter Hall: Kent’s been out of action for a little while, but I can’t do this without him. Takes magic to fight magic, and the man’s got nearly god-level powers.
Amanda Waller: It might take a lot more than that. Are you sure they can take him?
Carter Hall: Waller, you find us a cell that can hold him, we’ll take care of the rest.
Amanda Waller: Good luck.
Carter Hall: This is going to be fun.
Al Rothstein: I didn’t bring a passport.
Kent Nelson: We don’t need passports. We’re the Justice Society.
Al Rothstein: You got any snacks? It takes a lot of energy to smash atoms.
Al Rothstein: What do you do?
Maxine Hunkel: Wind. You?
Al Rothstein: I grow.
Maxine Hunkel: Cool.
Amon Tomaz: I’m Amon, by the way.
Black Adam: I didn’t ask for your name.
'A bad plan is better than no plan at all.' - Carter Hall (Black Adam) Click To Tweet
Amon Tomaz: [to Adam] So you can really fly, and stop bullets, because that’s really crucial to my plan. And is it really you stopping the bullets, or is it the suit? Wait, what’s your top speed? I’m sure you’re fast, but how fast? Like Flash fast?
Amon Tomaz: [as Adam looks at himself in the mirror] Wait, did you really not have mirrors back then? Wow, I guess a lot does change in five thousand years.
Amon Tomaz: [to Adam] So you’ve got stopping bullets, check. Flying, check. And lightning thing, that’s a big check.
Adrianna Tomaz: [reading the inscription on the crown] “Life is the only path to death.”
Karim: No s**t.
'Tell them the Man in Black sent you.' - Black Adam Click To Tweet
Amon Tomaz: Kahndaq still isn’t free. We could really use a superhero right about now.
Black Adam: I’m no hero.
Amon Tomaz: What? Superman, Batman, Aquaman. You’re way more stacked than any of them. And they’re not coming to Kahndaq to save us.
Black Adam: Your enemies are vanquished, condemned to the eternal sleep of the damned.
Amon Tomaz: Actually, we still have a lot of enemies that need vanquishing.
Black Adam: Then destroy them.
Amon Tomaz: Intergang have guns, and flybikes, and eternium rockets. We have my mom.
Black Adam: Prove your strength. Destroy your enemy and all he cares about. Make him beg for mercy, but deny it until his final breath.
Adrianna Tomaz: I appreciate what you did for me, but I do not want you teaching my son violence.
Black Adam: I understand. You want his father to teach him violence.
Adrianna Tomaz: Gross, that’s my brother.
Karim: That’s my sister.
Black Adam: Who do you want to teach him violence then?
Amon Tomaz: Yeah, Mom. Who do you want to teach me violence?
Adrianna Tomaz: No one.
'You like to split the world into good and bad, but that's easy to do when you're the one drawing the line.' - Adrianna Tomaz (Black Adam) Click To Tweet
Amon Tomaz: Where are you going?
Black Adam: I shouldn’t be here.
Amon Tomaz: You don’t feel any loyalty to us at all?
Black Adam: Not really, no.
Amon Tomaz: You’re not seeing the full possibilities here. I don’t know what it was like in ancient times, but having superpowers is kind of a big deal in our world. Maybe clean up your outfit a little bit, get a cape, change your name.
Black Adam: Teth Adam is a very strong name.
Amon Tomaz: It’s a little outdated. And you definitely need a catchphrase. Something blackout bad-a** to say right before you absolutely cook some dude.
Black Adam: I don’t waste words on the dead.
Amon Tomaz: Well, yeah, kind of like that, but more catchy.
Amon Tomaz: And you wear a lot of black, so we should really lean into that. My point is, you could be famous. Magazines, lunch boxes, video games. And the superhero industrial complex is worth a lot of money.
Black Adam: I don’t need a box for my lunch.