In a world of super-villains, evil schemes and global domination, someone has to take out the trash. Welcome to the world of Henchmen, third class. When a fresh-faced new recruit joins the Union of Evil, he is assigned to a motley crew of blue-collar workers led by fallen henchmen Hank. But when The Kid accidentally steals the super villain's ultimate weapon, Hank must break his risk-nothing code to save the boy he's befriended, even if it means becoming the one thing he has always avoided being: a hero.
Political correctness dictates henchmen want to be heroes, too
The "interesting henchmen" idea has been tackled by the successful "Despicable Me" movies - what could go wrong with a revival? Well, apparently a lot.
While "Minions" gave lovable identities to the henchmen, in "Henchmen" they're back to being anonymous and disposable. Except the handful of storyline henchmen, which are so nauseating helpful you'll keep wishing for more screen time of the arrogant superheroes.
After just 20 passable minutes (the original was a short) they run out of ideas and start ripping off one of the most memorable scenes from "Kung Fu Panda". It might be a merciful clue to leave the theatre. From there, it's only downhill with a betrayal of every possible promising idea. Including the basic premise that the bad guys always give it their best and should win for once - but this villain is just bland and erratic.
The director Adam Wood has worked his way up in the animation departments of various Pixar gems. This is the first movie he wrote and directed, and it proves he should have stuck with his old job. It's unbelievable he didn't remember how "Toy Story" featured an interesting oddball team, or how "Monsters, Inc" excelled with the charming "the bad guys are the good guys" story.
Look at the trailer to check out the animation style, then give it a miss.
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