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Review: The Mummy (2017)

Stars: Tom CruiseRussell CroweAnnabelle WallisSofia Boutella.

Director: Alex Kurtzman

The plot:

At the time of the second of the English crusades, Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella) is mummified alive as punishment for murdering her Father when she sees what is rightfully hers transfer to his new-born son whom she also murders.  What she saw as a betrayal by her Father led her to tap into dark and demonic powers.  Once mummified she is taken thousands of miles from her Egyptian home and buried well below the surface in what is known in current times as Iraq.  Back in the modern-day and army officers Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) and Chris Vail (Jake Johnson) are seeking out hidden treasures to make their tours all that little bit more profitable.  When an airstrike unearths the ancient ruins of where Ahmanet was laid to rest Morton and Vail see dollar signs but they are soon hampered by the arrival of Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis) who wants the find to be safely shipped back to London where Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe) is waiting to investigate the find.  The trip back does not go well and soon Ahmanet is unleashed on the British public in search of her “chosen one” and will stop at nothing to reclaim what she believes is hers.

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The cast:

I like Tom Cruise, let’s get that out of the way.  He does make well above average movies for the most part.  Unfortunately this is a very low point for Tom.  I was worried before I saw the film that this really didn’t strike me as a genre he had any history with and that it wasn’t a good fit for him.  He’s not the Indiana Jones type and he does not sit right in a Tomb Raider style movie.  If the rumours are to be believed that he had a lot of control over the movie then there’s only one place the finger can be pointed for any short comings the film suffers from.  To be fair, blame does not lay just at Tom Cruise’s door.  Russell Crowe, a great actor by any standards, really doesn’t do himself any favours here either.  There’s a part where he becomes manically possessed and starts hurling Tom Cruise around whilst giving his best impression on Ray Winstone on speed.  It’s just cringeworthy.  I’d hoped Annabelle Wallis might bring some respectability to the film, she’s obviously not incapable of playing a strong female role given her time on Peaky Blinders but here she is given the usual female supporting role you would expect and there’s not much she can do with it.  In contrast Sofia Boutella does make the film come alive at times but that isn’t really down to her acting but more the CGI effects the film offers up.  She really isn’t given the time and space she was offered in her very enjoyable role as Jaylah in Star Trek Beyond.

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The film:

Put simply; this film is a disaster from start to finish.  It was dull and boring for large periods of time.  It was painfully unfunny when it tried to be.  Performances were well below par and as for the script and screenplay I’d have to ask if there was any script or screenplay written.  The story has plot holes galore and lots of key elements are left totally unexplained.  It’s just messy, lacks structure and it’s conclusion just leaves a heavy confirmation that you’ve just wasted two hours of your life.

The Verdict:

1/5 Stars – If this were a mission impossible movie I would have chosen not to accept it, Mr Phelps.

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The Nice Guys (2016)

Stars: Russell CroweRyan GoslingKim Basinger.

Director: Shane Black

The Nice Guys is a hugely enjoyable comedy which gives Russell Crowe & Ryan Gosling a chance to show what they can do in a genre we’re not accustomed to seeing them in, comedy.

Set in the seventies the two leads are thrown together in true buddy cop movie style. They’re not cops though.  Holland March (Gosling) is a bumbling yet apparently quite effective private investigator whilst Jackson Healy is more your muscle for hire protector type character.  Their paths cross when separate cases they are working on are both connected to the apparent suicide of a fading porn star, Misty Mountains.

Just prior to writing this I had seen Russell Crowe on The Last Leg talking about the movie.  He commented about others remarking on the real on-screen chemistry between himself and Ryan Gosling. He described Gosling as a “funny bastard”. Having seen the film I can see what he meant and people complimenting them on the chemistry are not wrong to do so.  They bounce off each other incredibly well.  Crowe puts this down to listening to what the other is doing and taking it on from there.  It certainly seems to work.

Shane Black has obviously worked very hard on the script for this movie and it must have been very satisfying to see his leads bring it to the screen so well.

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The tone of the movie is as you would expect when one of the key elements of the story is the porn industry and that this is a comedy film.  That said, the plot doesn’t suffer in favour of just getting laughs.  It’s well thought out and doesn’t necessarily take you where you think you’re going.  It’s a bright movie, plenty of parties featuring half-naked women, swimming pools, drink and drugs not to mention plenty of bad language and a good sprinkling of violence.

It’s very much in the mould of 48 Hours or, perhaps, Midnight Run.  With those you had Nolte & Murphy and De Niro and Grodin.  Comedy partnerships that just worked and gave you highly enjoyable adult comedies of which, in my humble opinion, there just aren’t enough of in modern cinema.

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It was also nice to see Kim Basinger on screen with Russell Crowe again although it was probably best her screen time was kept to a minimum as she was having something of an off day.

If you like a loud, sweary action-comedy look no further than The Nice Guys.

Verdict: 4/5 stars