Tired of being enslaved and made to work for the King of Kahndaq a young boy is out to make a difference in his world. Yet 5000 years later Black Adam (Dwayne Johnson) is released from his tomb by explorer Adrianna Tomaz (Sarah Shabi) who was looking for the ancient crown of Kahndaq. Once out in the modern world of Kahndaq, Black Adam is perplexed by the changes among mankind. Yet, his anger and rage are not unnoticed as his intentions are to avenge the murders of his family.
Meanwhile, a so-called friend of Adrianna and her son Amon (Bodhi Sabongui), Ishmael (Marwan Kenzari) is out to steal the crown and take over its powers. But Ishmael and his men have not only had to contend with Adrianna, Amon and her brother Karim (Mohammed Amer) but the fierceness of Black Adam who has taken a liking to Adrianna and her son.
As the city becomes the results of destruction and death by Black Adam soon without choice the good guys arrive lead by Dr. Fate (Pierce Brosnan) with assistance by Hawkman (Aldis Hodge), Cyclone (Quintessa Swindell) and Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo). No matter what these four do they seem not to be able to calm Black Adam, actually it only seems that Adrianna and Amon have an effect on him in a good way. Fierce battles, explosions, lightning speed and a lot electric powers, Black Adam and his powers given to him by Egyptian Gods has no reason to slow down, even the four heroes are out to keep Black Adam in check but as long as Ishmael and his gang are still trying to take control, death and the destruction of Kahndaq and its people will continue. It seems nothing can slow Black Adam down while in his godly form but he is vulnerable by saying Shazam or by coming in contact with Eternium, magical pieces that make up the Rock of Eternity, the source of Shazam powers.
Black Adam is apparently not one of the most known DC characters but he is definitely one of strength, size and powers. I am not familiar with many comic characters but I must say this film was definitely entertaining, full of action and excitement. The effects are superb, the direction on point but I thought the writing needed some help. Maybe too many opinions from three writers that made the dialogue seem a bit obsolete. Strangely enough I struggled to keep my eyes open after about an hour and a half but that could be I was just tired from a busy day. I did get more than I bargained for since there is always something going on in the story. It seemed some die-hard comic fans and other critics were disappointed but personally I would watch it again since there is a lot going on and basically because I really liked it.
I am a big fan of Johnson and I know he was excited about the part but I only wish they gave him more words than just an over-dose of battles and showing off his bigger than ever body. I liked Shahi and Sabongui they worked well together and neither were afraid to get dirty. Kenzari was a great evil character out to reclaim his heritage by taking control of the crown. Amer, Centineo and Swindell are great supports to Brosnan who actually does a nice job and the second-best actor to Johnson, Hodge who was fantastic. No animals to think of in the story but a few pretty cool flying machines. Shazam!