Review : The Mummy

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“An ancient princess is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.”

The Mummy, not to be confused with our beloved Brendan Fraser’s The Mummy from 1999. This Mummy is from 2017, and stars Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella in the titular role of “The Mummy” here. This movie also has the distinction of being the start (kind of) of the new Universal Studios “Dark Universe” of connected monster movies, that they plan to create using all the classic monster movie rites that they own. And in that vein, this movie does do well to set that universe up, and it does introduce many of the ideas and things that will return in the future. As a movie itself however, it isn’t as strong. The movie does have a good bit of action, and it is well done, especially during the none cgi stuff, which Tom Cruise of course is famous for. Sofia Boutella also does a pretty good job here, and she brought a real nice presence and a good physicality to the role also. She had to toe a line very often of sexy and scary, and she did a good job with that. Russell Crowe’s role here was also not bad, but it isn’t huge as its meant to really be a tease of the future more than anything else. All in all I do think that this movie has it moments, but overall it seems to fall kind of flat, and makes this movie much more interesting as a setup for the Dark Universe, than a new and compelling action, adventure movie.

Review Score : 6.5 out of 10

Review : Point Break

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“A young FBI agent infiltrates an extraordinary team of extreme sports athletes he suspects of masterminding a string of unprecedented, sophisticated corporate heists. “Point Break” is inspired by the classic 1991 hit.”

As fat as movies go, Point Break is very much in that more un-special range, mediocre if you will. It already starts at the disadvantage of being a remake of what many consider to be a bit of a cult classic in the original Point Break by Kathryn Bigelow in 1991. That movie was, and feels just a lot fresher than this current incarnation. That lack of freshness is really what undoes this movie ultimately. It does have some redeeming qualities however, namely, all of the action stunt work. The jumps and dives and falls and spills and all that stuff is very well done and very well shot to give you the best feeling for the pace, excitement and danger of it all. The two leads here also do decent enough job, but they don’t always come off as charismatic as they should be, or even sometimes just not fully formed from an emotional side which would help ground the characters a lot more. The Point Break remake goes down in the books as another lack lustre attempt to get a second life, for a film that never really died.

Review Score : 5 out of 10