The Mummy Review

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I took a week to write this because I had to think about my thoughts on this one. I walked in not being too excited because the trailers made it look like it was just going to be a rehash of the trilogy that came before this. I have to admit though, I’m quite surprised I enjoyed it as much as I did.

The movie isn’t as action heavy as the trailer made it out to look like. Which I was thankful for, It actually had quite a bit of horrific scenery and set pieces. I’ve heard a lot of people complain about Russell Crowe’s character and how he shouldn’t have been in the movie, but instead just an after credit scene, but I thought it worked well for the story and moving the plot along.

I will say I didn’t care for Tom Cruise but I didn’t think he was bad either. His friend though wasn’t really that great, especially at the end of the film. The ending also felt tacked on, and left me underwhelmed in a way.

Overall though the movie was entertaining enough and left just enough enthusiasm in me for the future of the Dark Universe.

Rating: 3.5/5

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The Void

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The Void luckily got a screening in Indiana thanks to Horrorhound and scarlet lane brewing company and boy was I glad. I thought originally this was a smaller movie from A24 for some reason but then came to realize that it was actually an indie film funded through the internet. And I’m glad that it did.

The movie is about a small town deputy that finds a guy stumbling out the woods with scars and all bloodied up. He takes him to the near by hospital that’s mostly packed up and ready to move after a fire turned most of the building unusable. What he didn’t know is that there are darker and more sinister stuff happening around him that he has gotten himself into picking up the stranger out of the woods.

This movie was great for what it was, a callback to classic 80’s body horror like The Thing or From Beyond. The atmosphere and demonic images are haunting thanks to the use of old school practical effects. Now I’ve seen some people complain that they didn’t like the film because it was too dark or that it was too much like the films it was paying homage to. I personally thought it had enough of an identity to pull its own weight, and especially knowing that this was funded online, really don’t mind the dark images, especially when you can still see what is happening around them enough.

This movie isn’t a perfect film, nor will it be nominated for anything outside of smaller horror focused stuff, if that. But what I loved about it is that it just goes and does it’s own thing and delivers on every note I wanted it to.                4/5

Life

life-poster-alien-ripoff-bigLife is a movie that is basically a genre smoothie, and I do enjoy my smoothies. I’ve been describing this movie as one of those that even though the trailers look like this is going to be exactly like Alien or even The Thing, it really isn’t though. I think Sony needs to change their marketing team completely because they recently just haven’t been able to show off their films properly.
This movie, like I said is basically a genre smoothie. It does take elements of just about any alien/space/isolation sci-fi horror films, but it takes all the great elements and plays them to their strengths. This really took me by surprise and I really can’t wait to be able to rewatch it on Blu-ray. The acting is great and the writing is also. The music is top notch is as well.                  4/5

Top Five Movies in 2017 So Far

This year has been great so far for movies, and we’re not even 3 months in. I just want to take the time to highlight some of my favorites that have already come out that I have seen.

  1. Get Out – This still sticks with me almost a month after. I always look back on it and think about just how great of a film this was and it’s honestly going to be tough for something to come out on top over this. This movie delivered on all the thrills and chills and even laughs that a great film should deliver, especially in the Horror genre. Can’t wait to see this again on Blu-ray.
  2. Split – This comes close behind Get out mainly because until I saw Get out this was the film I felt very proud people were actually getting behind and seeing and loving. There are a lot of films like these that people just normally blow off and think they’re overhyped and that they don’t deserve the love they receive, I usually though agree with the critics for most of the time, especially horror films, because when it comes to those types of films critics usually just pass on them.
  3. Kong: Skull Island – Finally there’s a King Kong film that doesn’t just follow the same story from the ’33 classic and instead gives the fans something new and entertaining to witness in the world of Skull Island. It also helps keep the momentum of Godzilla King of the Monsters alive, which is always a plus in my book.
  4. Logan – Along with Kong we finally get a movie fans have been wanting for a long time, a proper movie based on the character of Wolverine. Logan though isn’t just a movie with the character, it’s a great drama piece with actual emotion and heart and weight also. This is a proper swan song to Hugh Jackman playing the character for 17 years.
  5. The Belko Experiment – I’m honestly a sucker for exploitation films such as this. I don’t know why but anything similar to this film I always love whether it be they’re so bad they’re good or they’re actually really good. Which luckily is the occasion here, I honestly only had a few problems with this film that really isn’t too hard to look over in my eyes. I don’t know if besides the other films listed if I’ve ever had as great of a time in theaters.

 

These have been my top five films of the year so far. Let me know what you all have thought about the year so far in film.

The Belko Experiment

15896122_205129543226490_99455900264941175_o.jpgThe Belko Experiment is a very straight forward genre film. It’s about 80 employees that are locked in their office building and they’re told the only way to get out is if they kill enough people. That’s when all hell breaks loose. And depending on what you’re expecting from a movie like this, is how much you might enjoy this. I’ve been seeing some people say that they didn’t think the kills and the plot were original enough for them, but I wasn’t expecting that to be honest. Sure it would make the movie better, but the movie delivers what it sets out to deliver so perfectly that I honestly don’t mind that they are just straight forward kills. This is just a 80 minute thrill ride, and that’s what I expected, and that’s what I loved about it. Go out and see this please, these types of films aren’t released theatrically often and I love to see these types of films in theaters like this.                   Highly recommend 4/5

Recent Review Round-up

I’ve been quite busy lately, enough to not be able to shoot videos on my Youtube Account, and be able to share just how amazing these past three weeks have been for film in general. These past three weeks have seen some major releases come through, and all have been stellar in their own rights. You have Get Out being a fantastic and nearly perfect horror-comedy genre film, you have Logan which is the perfect send off to the character Hugh Jackman has played for an unbelievable 17 years, and then you lastly have Kong Skull Island bringing forth the movie that giant monster and Kong lovers have been itching for for nearly 100 years.

Get Out

I didn’t expect Get Out to be as good as it was to be honest, I personally thought that the movie could be, if done right, a blast either intentionally or non-intentionally. But when reviews started pouring in and it kept at a 100 percent for the longest time on Rotten Tomatoes I was honestly surprised. The trailers looked creepy but then the fact that Jordan Peele was going to be directing and writing it threw me off also. Even though I knew that it was going to be a well made film considering what everyone online was saying, I was still moved and blown away by just how great this film was. I really didn’t expect this to come from Jordan Peele but the writing and directing really are what stand out to me, along with the great performances all around from everyone. I still can’t believe the father is played by Bradley Whitford, whom I’ve loved since I saw him in Cablin in the Woods.  Anyone looking for a great suspense thriller should support this film any way they can, I know I’ve seen a lot of link online for the movie but I really hope that everyone either at least rents it just to give their support to more movies like this from Jordan Peele.        5/5

Logan

If you had read my review round up for the original trilogy of X-Men movies then you’d know that I thought the first two films are quite good, excellent still to this day in regards to X2, and that X-Men 3 left some more to be desired especially with it’s second half. After I had rewatched all those films though I had sat down and rewatched X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and finally got around to seeing The Wolverine, the extended edition no less, as well to get me ready for Logan.

Honestly I love it when trilogies can improve upon themselves like this one can. Because it shows to me that the film makers and sometimes studios actually listen to fans and fix what might not have worked the first time, much like The Purge films to me. I feel like Fox started listening to what people wanted and started delivering the Wolverine goods we knew Hugh could deliver given the proper treatment. Now granted we probably wouldn’t have gotten Logan like this if Deadpool wasn’t a huge success because it showed fox that R rated superhero films are at the very least desired if the character you’re basing the movie on deserves it. Like I personally don’t think Fox should go around making every X-Men film from here on out R rated, and I don’t think other studios should too, unless the character is, in their comics, a R rated character. Because that’s what makes these films so successful, fans want their characters that they’ve loved in the comics to be properly portrayed on the big screen as those comic book characters.

Now the movie itself is quite powerful, and very emotional. The movie does have some flaws but they’re few and far between and don’t at all hinder the experience. I will say that if there were to be anything I would have to say negatively would have to be how long it is, I feel like there are some sequences that could be shortened down, but at the same time I understand that with this being a sendoff to basically a couple decades of films then I can let it slide. If you’ve been a fan of at least Hugh Jackman playing Wolverine through all the X-Men films then you deserve to allow yourself the experience of this proper send off for the character and honestly the whole chapter of the original X-Men films.           4.5/5 

Kong Skull Island

Kong Skull Island is just a blast. It is finally a movie that isn’t just a retelling of the original 1933 classic, and it also isn’t bloated to 3 hours long either. It knows what it is and what people want from a King Kong film. It is beautifully shot and the action is spectacular, especially with the fact that 90 percent of the CGI scenes are all during the day time, unlike most movies made nowadays in this category seem to do. I don’t usually mind that though because I know that some movies use that to their advantage, much like 2014’s Godzilla. I just thought that aspect was such a welcome change to the norm. I will say that this is probably my second favorite King Kong film, behind the original. It’s just a step above Peter Jackson’s version mainly because it does tell a different story, one that I find brilliant.

The cast is great and I love everyone’s performances. John Goodman, Samuel Jackson, and John C. Reily steal the show though. Most people have a problem with the characters and I do understand that they may feel like some people are underused and to some extent I do agree. I do wish Brie Larson and Tom Hiddleston were able to do a bit more than just show up on set and be themselves, but their characters really don’t need much more than that. Which is why I think the script is just fine the way it is. I do hope more people keep supporting this film, I’m surprised and grateful that so many people are supporting this film as it is and that it is doing great business at the box office.    4.5/5

Like I said, there’s a bit of everything for anyone right now, especially with Beauty and the Best coming out this weekend. I hope I enjoy that one too, but I feel like I’m going to be a little disappointed, especially after the excellent Jungle Book released last year. I just am not seeing too much stuff to warrant it getting made especially since we have the 91 classic readily available and it doesn’t look that they’re doing much different with this movie.