Review : American Made

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“A pilot lands work for the CIA and as a drug runner in the south during the 1980s.”

This is one of those movies, where at best, its a Wolf of Wall Street, and at worst they just come off as unauthentic, cheesy, and boring. This movie is pretty much in the middle. It stats Tom Cruise, who as always, is totally committed to his role and plays it very well, the movie on a whole however, is what maybe holds it all back. Its not to say that this movie isn’t good, or isn’t entertaining. Its certainly funny enough, dramatic enough, the acting is good enough, its all enough yes, but the real issue is that its just enough. Nothing here is special, nothing here takes this movie into a category above, where movies like the Wold of Wall Street live. It gets kind of bogged down in mediocrity that make it great probably for an at home stream, but nothing about it says come see me in the cinema. Also, a lot happens here, and it all needs to happen, but it can almost feel a bit overwhelming sometimes, as the movie often needs to keep up a bit of a break neck pace to get from where the story starts, to where the movie ends it. All in all though, this movie is two things combined. Its Tom Cruise being the consummate professional he always is (the man is never bad EVER), mixed with a rest of movie thats good but not great, and I feel like with this story and talent, it could have been GREAT.

Review Score : 7.5 out of 10

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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 : Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation

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“Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.”

Let me just say, this is very likely the most fun you are going to have in the cinema all summer. I can also report it’s also most likely the best Mission Impossible movie yet. This movie starts off right where the last movie ended, and continues on a fast paced, action packed rollercoaster of a time that is fun from start to end. This movie also has basically no real flaws or draw backs. There is a very solid story here, that is suspenseful and takes some twists and turns. The action is extremely well done, and well acted by EVERYONE in this movie. Like seriously, everyone here does a really amazing job at every action scene they get to do, and the rest of the supporting cast even when not in an action scene, does very well at delivering their lines. There is also a good bit of humour here that is done is way that is very organic and fits in with the rest of the film seamlessly so it doesn’t seem like forced jokes. Whatever you are doing this summer, put aside some time to see this movie at least once, it WILL be worth it.

Review Score : 9 out of 10

Review: Edge of Tomorrow

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“An officer finds himself caught in a time loop in a war with an alien race. His skills increase as he faces the same brutal combat scenarios, and his union with a Special Forces warrior gets him closer and closer to defeating the enemy.”

There are 2 ways to do a movie like this, 1 is the wrong way (looking at you Next), and 2 is the way this movie does it, and boy does it do it. This movie is a lot of fun from start to end, especially if you’re a fan of the action genre. You might think that a movie that constantly has to reset itself might get repetitive and stale, but I guarantee you this movie will not. The constant resets find a way to always be fresh and provide you with something new and exciting. The action and the movie itself is paced extremely well and there is much more comedy in this movie than you might expect, very well done, very witty humor. The marketing campaign for this movie has done it a huge disservice in how its portrays the theme and overall feel of the movie in the trailers. Tom Cruise is awesome and doubly so is Emily Blunt, for once we have a truly strong female character that doesn’t have to rely on a male counterpart to be as strong as she is. For a big chunk of the movie she is actually the one with the ability to win the war. If you have been waiting for that great summer time popcorn flick, then look no further. This movie is truly a fast paced actioned pack thrill ride full of fun all the way through. The only arguable weakness of the film in my opinion, which isn’t really a weakness, but I could see some viewers not liking it is the end. That’s not to say that the film has an unsatisfactory end, it just definitely takes the safer ending, instead of maybe going for the deeper darker option. All in all though, there is something her for everyone to love.

Review Score : 9 out of 10