American Made Review

American Made

‘You can stop me now, things only get crazier from here’ intones a voiceover from pilot and smuggler Barry Seal (Tom Cruise), at about the midpoint of Doug Liman’s American Made. This sentence alone should let you know exactly what you’re in for with this high-octane biopic, and American Made packs in very few surprises when telling its larger-than-life true story of the man who helped kickstart both Pablo Escobar’s drug empire and the Iran-Contra Affair. It’s generally pretty boilerplate, inspired-by-Goodfellas stuff, but the sheer outlandishness of the story and a more knowing sense of humour than its lesser genre brethren keeps things engaging.  Continue reading

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The Mummy Review

Mummy

Much has been made, in the last few weeks of the marketing, of the fact that The Mummy is the film that’s meant to kick off Universal’s latest attempt at a shared cinematic universe featuring all their classic monsters. On this evidence, it’s a universe that deserves to be left on the scrapheap (as it very nearly was after the dreadful Dracula Untold), as not only is The Mummy a simply terrible film, it’s made far, far worse by its need to set up this ‘new world of gods and monsters’. A flavourless lump of exposition and repetition, it lacks all the charms of the ‘30s originals and the Brendan Fraser-led 1999 MummyContinue reading