Starring: Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Russell Crowe, Annabelle Wallis, Jake JohnsonPlot: in 2017, a group of treasure hunters finds the crypt of a mummy from over 2,000 years ago that was wiped from the history books... but why?Runtime: 1h50mReview: I want to make three things known before i dive into this review: 1.) I LOVED the Brendan Fraser Mummy from 1999, one of my favourite movies. 2.) I am super stoked for this "Dark Universe" that Universal is doing with their movies. A series of movies about classic movie monsters give me the biggest nerd boner in existence. And 3.) As always, there are likely to be spoilers.So I went into this movie with not the highest of hopes because I heard it didn't do well in North America, not a lot of people enjoyed it and that it wasn't scary. All three of those things made me not excited, but I still wanted to see where it was taken.I was actually pretty happy with the movie, I felt that Tom Cruise was a bold choice for a Monster movie, but then thought about it for a minute and changed my opinion. There was always a classic handsome hero in the old movies, why not stay the course with the tradition. Maybe I was just confused that it was Tom Cruise and not someone else. Not that I dislike Tom Cruise, I find him to be an amazing actor, but doesn't seem quite his jam lately. I enjoy Sofia Boutella despite having only seen her in The Kingsmen, but she did a good job as knife legs. If you listen to our podcast you will know that I am a moron and thought she actually had knife legs as a person and was quickly made fun of by my co-hosts. I also genuinely love Russell Crowe, I think he's a great actor and I'm glad to see him back in bigger movies. Annabelle Wallis I am 100% indifferent to as I don't know who she is and felt her role of semi damsel in distress/semi strong, independent woman was confusing, but fine.It starts off with a back story about an Egyptian woman who would become ruler if it weren't for her jackass little brother being born. So she does what every person in her time would do, make a deal with the "evil" god Set and kills her family. She makes a deal with Set to release him into the human world, but gets caught before she can do it. So she then gets mummified alive and buried forever... or so they thought! We then have Tom Cruise and Jake Johnson as army men who go all Three Kings and try to hunt for treasure to sell on the black market. They find more than they bargained for, because they find a mummy who wants to kill everyone and rule the world. Pretty basic storyline and I was glad they didn't try to fancy it up at all.They DID try to tie in Russell Crowe to the series as Doctor Jekyll, spoiler, he plays Mister Hyde too, but he was the head of a secret society trying to hunt down, examine and destroy evil. Not the best thing I've ever heard, but not awful. I thought he was good as doctor Jekyll, but his single scene as mister Hyde was immaculate. He went full cockney accent and you don't really notice until they fight, but he really does make Tom Cruise look child sized, even more than he is.The movie was really beautiful as expected because it's millions of dollars worth of effects and was filmed in Oxford.I couldn't tell you a single thing about the music, it was a non factor in the movie.I think the biggest problem I have with the movie is that it physically felt rushed. I would say that the movie takes place in a matter of 96 hours? Which isn't a bad thing, but I think it could have been stretched out to a couple weeks and we could have seen some cooler things with the movie, seeing the 10 plagues of Egypt with the money we have today would have been cool. But other than that I enjoyed it, not nearly as much as Brendan Fraser as Rick O'Connell, but still enjoyed it.Before anyone goes to see it I would let them know ahead of time that it's not a horror movie at all. It's at best an action-horror, but even that seems false to me. There are a couple jumps scares as it is a monster movie, but very little in the way of skin crawling, classic monster horror.I am also happy to report that this movie IS a success overseas and that means we will indeed be getting more movies in the series. If you like monster movies go give it a watch so we can guarantee that we get a werewolf movie!
I love cheesy movies. I also love movies that are well done, so when I hear that a Cameron Crowe movie is coming out I get excited, because he is the epitome of cheese and talent.Some people don't like his work, he was ostracized for a choice he made in a recent movie of his, Aloha, but I think he has given the world an abundance of great works and I think people should watch his movies. Because of this I chose to do a marathon for him today. Let us begin: Fast times at Ridgemont High (1982): The start of some pretty impressive careers including Sean penn and Forest Whitaker, Crowe stormed onto the scene and made a classic high school movie and comedy in one fell swoop. Minutes left in the Day: 1350Say Anything... (1989): A great romance drama movie starring John Cusack and Ione Skye (admittedly, she didn't do as well as Mr. Cusack, but still), has one of the best scenes ever where you see Lloyd Dobler holding up a boom box in the rain in an attempt to serenade his love. Minutes left in the Day: 1250Singles (1992): An interesting character study about a group of twenty somethings trying to survive in this crazy world. Minutes left in the Day: 1151Jerry Maguire (1996): Tom Cruise lights up the title role. Put Cameron Crowe on the "A" list map. Show me the money indeed. Minutes left in the Day: 1012Almost Famous (2000): A great movie about a young reporter who becomes friends with a band on tour and they all learn lessons from each other. Billy Crudup rocks the role and the soundtrack is amazing. Minutes left in the Day: 890Vanilla Sky (2001): Another Tom Cruise collaboration has Cruise being a rich guy who gets into a car accident that may or may not have been caused by a jilted ex lover. Minutes left in the Day: 753Elizabethtown (2005): A really fun movie that involved Orlando Bloom post Lord of the Rings as a down on his luck shoe designer that takes a trip back home and falls in love all over again. Also has Kirsten Dunst, who I love. Minutes left in the Day: 630We bought a Zoo (2011): Matt Damon fronts this movie about... well, a guy that bought a zoo. Fun and quirky show. Minutes left in the Day: 506Aloha (2015): An interesting, albeit not great movie starring Bradley Cooper and has Emma Stone playing a half Hawaiin, half Asian Hybrid. The aforementioned mistake he made that has people in an uproar still. Not a bad movie though. Minutes left in the Day: 401So while a lot of time left in the day, the movies are pretty good. A lot of movies that had a lot of impact on the movie universe.
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin, Ving RhamesPlot: Ethan Hunt returns to action to try and find The Syndicate, an anti-IMF group trained to emit chaos and destruction around the globe.Review: First things first... Tom Cruise is sick. I know a lot of people rag on him for not being all there mentally and being a Scientologist, but I want everyone to know that I love Tom Cruise. I think he's a great actor, and probably a pretty awesome guy. Only top of that, he's 53 years old and is in just amazing shape. The guy does his own stunts in these movies and a lot of people are going to immediately talk about how he flew on a plane in the movie. That scene was cool and probably hella dangerous (sorry for the use of the word hella, but I thought it necessary), but the big scene in my mind is where Ethan Hunt is handcuffed while standing and his arms a rove his head, ready for torture. He grabs hold of the pole and repeatedly does kip-ups to the top of the pole and stop being trapped. I am describing it very poorly, but I want everyone to watch this movie and just... when you see it, think about if you could do that feat. I know for a fact I would rather just be tortured and die than have to do that.Add Simon Peggs comedic timing, Ving Rhames' classic "I'm a big scary guy" and Jeremy Renner's little bit of everything and you have yourself not only a great group for an action flick, but what could also be a dynamite 4 for a buddy cop comedy movie. I really enjoyed this movie, it was done really well. The action scenes are what people pay for, and I have to say that I thought it would be difficult to beat Ghost Protocol, but I think it did. They didn't blow up the Kremlin, which was a good thing, but they did so much else to beat it. Motorcycle chases, airplane rides, underwater break ins, so much more.Alec Baldwin adds a nice little bit go old man panache to the movie, and I know he isn't that much older than Cruise, but he looks so venerable and proper that it's hard to think otherwise. I am very glad they didn't have him play the Bosley role from Charlie's Angels, because that would have been really dumb and very unfortunate. Bill Murray was wasted on a role made for a retarded monkey.Renner and Rhames played more secondary characters in the movie, but that's not a bad thing. Rhames isn't a good actor, and Renner is in so much that he doesn't need to be at the forefront of anything these days. Two good additions to the movie, they sort of did a buddy cop thing on their own, but a bit more... serious than I would like. It was like Turner and Hooch, but Rhames and Renner instead.Simon Pegg is... just great. I love him so much and I think he's super fun. The comedic relief of the movie as well as the glue who holds the group together.I just really liked this movie a lot. It was fun and action packed and really everything I could have asked for in a movie. I won't go too in depth into any of it, because I don't want to ruin it at all. Watch this movie guys.