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Thom Price
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Posted: 08 June 2017 at 9:15am | IP Logged | 1  

The reviews for THE MUMMY have been rough.  I don't always let review sway my interest as I don't always agree with critics, but the similarity of complaints for this movie have dented my interest.
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Tom Cruise dented my interest....  That it's getting bad reviews comes as no shock to me actually.
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Posted: 08 June 2017 at 9:55am | IP Logged | 3  

Universal's Dark Universe ("Dark..Universal") should have marked a return to big screen classic horror.  Not the gross out, torture porn like 'Saw'.  Not the wispy, weird special effects laden spooky CGI creepy creature you get from 'The Ring'.  But the genuine, atmospheric, creepy unsettling horror that makes you sit up at night staring at that shadow on the wall.  

The Mummy should have been shot in black and white (like all the Dark Universal stuff should be).  And it should have starred anyone but Tom Cruise.  

Iíll watch this one when it hits On Demand
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Will catch this on Netflix.

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Cruise gets a bad rap.  I'm the first to say that I think his Scientology history is fantastically off-the-rails.  But as an action star?  Sorry.  He's still fantastic.  Separate art from artist.  I thought MI: GHOST PROTOCOL was fantastic and EDGE OF TOMORROW inspired.  That's Cruise at 50 or more playing a character I can believe in and get behind.

It's easy to rag on the man for his beliefs.  Perhaps deservedly so.  But if you can take that out of the equation (and be honest if you can't, don't just say that you've always hated him), then I believe he's a pretty fantastic mainstream movie star.
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Every Tom Cruise movie I've seen I've enjoyed his co-stars a LOT more than him.
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A FEW GOOD MEN is still one of my favorite movies ever and I love Cruise in it. 

Also love MINORITY REPORT. He was fantastic in TROPIC THUNDER. I've enjoyed him in lots of films. I think it's safe to say I can separate the work from the beliefs. 
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18% from Rotten Tomatoes critics and only 51% from audiences.  Ouch.

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Takin' one for the team, most likely on Tuesday night.

The reviews are a huge bummer, but I get out to the movies with my youngest sister only about once or twice a year... THE MUMMY is her pick for next week, so I'm crossing my fingers that it's not a total stinker!



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Posted: 10 June 2017 at 12:30am | IP Logged | 10  

Good luck!  Word is that it's awful.  Even reviewers who are gracious are giving this film failing grades.  Most of it seems hinged on serving far too many masters.  It has to tell a Mummy story and set up a "cinematic universe". If you'll remember, IRON MAN didn't have that mandate.  As the first film under the Marvel Studios banner, it just had to tell a good Iron Man story.  With this Universal "Dark Universe" it's fait accompli that this is the supposed first in a long line of films destined to intertwine to create a unified whole, but they're putting the cart before the horse.  Sell me on wanting to care about the individual characters before you tell me that you're trying to get them all together in one big film down the line. 

Easy, right?
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Another Universal disappointment.

I'd like to know which one of the writers was watching An American Werewolf in London. While working on the script.  

 I wish someone would tell Alex Kurtzman inserting lines from actual good Universal films. Isn't going to make his film any good


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Posted: 10 June 2017 at 7:57am | IP Logged | 12  

Saw it.  The Rotten Tomato score is a bit harsh; I didn't think the film was that bad.  In terms of a franchise, the DCU started with three movies that were far worse than this one.  But, the be clear, the movie certainly isn't good either.

There appeared to be far less interest in making an enjoyable movie than establishing a brand; this isn't a movie so much as a product.  (Of course all Hollywood films are products, but they usually make an effort to hide it.)

I like Tom Cruise; for a long time, he was my favorite film star.  The couch jumping nuttiness dampened my enthusiasm a bit, but he can still be a great (MI) or solidly enjoyable (JACK REACHER) action star.  That said, his quest to remain  eternally boyish and vaguely 35-ish is starting to get distracting.  Hollywood is far more forgiving to its actors than its actresses, so I don't know why Tom is so reluctant to look a bit older.  I spent too much of the movie pondering how much plastic surgery he's had versus how much CG voodoo is used to keep him looking embalmed young.
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I like Tom Cruise; for a long time, he was my favorite film star.  The couch jumping nuttiness dampened my enthusiasm a bit
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I was a fan of his as well. I won't go so far as to say he was a favorite of mine. As of late I've grown tired of him. Due in no small part to the Scientology nonsense and as you mentioned Thom attempt at remaining 35 ish. No so much as in his looks. Rather in the parts he is continuing to play.

I think it's time for the parts he plays to mature. The action stuff is wearing rather thin. 
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I went to a matinee showing. Halfway through the movie I went to use the restroom. I then realized I had no desire to go back. So I left the theater, glad that I still had the rest of the day to enjoy. 
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Posted: 11 June 2017 at 12:42am | IP Logged | 15  

Ouch!
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Saw it... I guess the best way I can describe it:  An entertainingly bonkers mess!

I've seen far worse summer flicks that were even more preposterous than this one, so it held my interest for the first 2/3rds.  Heavy on exposition and too many flashbacks & visions, yes.  A waxen Barbie doll substituting for a leading lady, yes.  Some unintentionally goofy ghouls, yup.  But I was never quite bored, and almost got to thinking, "It's trash, but it's not really that bad..."

But then Russell Crowe's big reveal (and transformation) as Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde went and sent this completely off the rails.  It was then I leaned over to my sister and laughingly exclaimed, "What the f__k are we watching???"

Tom Cruise gives it his all, you gotta give him credit; and the overall production is handsome; but if anyone's on the fence, definitely wait for the rental.



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Posted: 16 June 2017 at 9:59pm | IP Logged | 17  

Cruise may be a nutburger, but I sometimes think his status as a Scientology demi-god truly gives him strength and professionalism far beyond mere mortal actor/producers. In any case his participation usually promises a solid product. As a brand, Tom Cruise stands for quality.

The brand failed here. The Mummy wasn't quite bad enough to attain so-bad-it's-good status, although my friend and I had fun whispering dialogue before the actors said it. Cruise of course worked his ass off, and Crowe's Mr. Hyde was as fun as it was "off the rails," as Shaun said. My friend said it was worse than Warcraft, probably but unlike that movie, I wasn't moved to take a walk during it.

If you think you like this sort of thing, a rental isn't a huge gamble.

I'm baffled how anyone thought they could parley this into a "universe" though. It ain't no Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
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Posted: 17 June 2017 at 4:39pm | IP Logged | 18  

Saw it last night. Most of the reviews I read complained that this was not a comical movie like the Brendan Fraser version was, which is an unfair comparison (unless the previews have been implying this). Nowhere near as bad as the critics have rated it. 
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Posted: 19 June 2017 at 2:12am | IP Logged | 19  

See, for me, NOT being anything like the Brendan Fraser movies is a major plus as I just could not connect with the one I attempted to watch. So I'll give this a go on the next long haul flight I take. Or on TV. Whichever comes first.
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