To launch their new Dark Universe franchise, Universal has taken an approach that mixes murky visuals with exaggerated action. It's certainly nothing like the involving classic monster movies they're trying to reignite, such as the 1932 Boris Karloff classic The Mummy. But this movie has more in common with Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible and Jack Reacher blockbusters, with added swimming zombies.
Cruise plays Nick, an American army officer and mercenary who with his cohort Vail (Jake Johnson) has just located a long-lost burial site deep in Daesh-controlled Iraq. Somehow, the hot archaeologist Jenny (Annabelle Wallis) arrives immediately to stop him from plundering this tomb. It turns out that the sarcophagus contains the remains of ancient Egyptian Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella), who was mummified alive for making a pact with the evil god Set and then murdering her father and brother. Now transported to London, she returns to life with a vengeance, casting a spell on Nick to help reassemble Set's dagger and finish her nefarious plan. So Jenny turns to her deeply unstable boss Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe) for help.
There's rather a lot of mythology building going on here, setting things up for the further adventures of Jekyll's secret society, which is trying to deal with ancient evil like a mash-up of Men in Black and Night at the Museum. Without the humour. There are some throwaway gags here and there, but director Alex Kurtzman stages everything with a gloomy sense of foreboding that simply never gains traction. The thin plot seems constructed merely to connect a series of enormous action set-pieces, which are all very well choreographed but never remotely exciting. It doesn't help that everything on-screen has been extravagantly over-designed, with cavernous sets that have been made deliberately dark and sooty. But this leaves the entire movie feeling artificial, random mayhem in fake places.
Continue reading: The Mummy Review
The hero from Lee Child's series of novels is back - well, the Tom Cruise version of the hero. He may be a 6-foot-5 blond muscle-man in the books, but Cruise weathered the storm with the unusually smart first movie, and now he returns for a remarkably gritty action thriller that feels like the antithesis of his Mission: Impossible movies. This is an ageing hero who gets hurt and recognises the laws of gravity.
As he roams around America helping strangers, Jack (Tom Cruise) keeps in touch with Susan (Cobie Smulders), who took his old job as commanding officer of a military police base. But just as he decides to drop in to meet her, she's arrested on trumped-up charges. And he is also promptly framed for murder and locked up. All of this happens just as he discovers that 15-year-old Samantha (Danika Yarosh) is his daughter. So Jack and Susan break out of prison and take Sam along as they try to sort out why they are suddenly on the wrong side of the law. Everything seems to trace back to a shady private contractor (Robert Knepper) who has sent a ruthless killer (Patrick Heusinger) to stop them.
In normal action blockbusters, this kind of plot would play out with massive explosions, physics-defying car chases and superhuman characters who take a hit and keep on going. But director Edward Zwick (who directed Cruise in The Last Samurai) takes a much more thoughtful, realistic approach that sometimes makes the film feel like it's moving in slow motion by comparison. Cruise is decidedly mortal in this role, needing to take a moment to recover after every punch. Since he's not invincible, Jack is far more engaging as a character, especially as he grapples with issues surrounding unexpected fatherhood. He also strikes just the right balance of flirtatious camaraderie with Smulders' Susan, never tipping over into a corny action-movie romance.
Continue reading: Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Review
Christopher McQuarrie will be taking the reins in the next 'Mission Impossible' movie, starring Tom Cruise.
It's official! Mission: Impossible 5 is not only going to be made but the Oscar-winning writer of Valkyrie and The Usual Suspects, Christopher McQuarrie is the confirmed director who'll be bringing another Ethan Hunt spy adventure to life.
Tom Cruise will be on board as secret agent Hunt yet again but this won't be the first time the new director and Cruise have worked together, having both been involved in Jack Reacher and Valkyrie.
Tom Cruise Will Return To Fight Baddies And Steal Hearts As Secret Agent Ethan Hunt.
Continue reading: Mission Impossible 5 Will Be Directed By Valkyrie, Jack Reacher Writer
Mission: Impossible 5 was always going to happen, given the huge success of Ghost Protocol.
Tom Cruise will reprise his role as secret agent Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible 5, it has been confirmed. Cruise - still one of the most bankable stars in the business - will star and produce a fifth instalment of the huge grossing franchise, with Jack Reacher writer and director Christopher McQuarrie getting behind the camera, reports Deadline.com.
Cruise and McQuarrie will develop the new movie with JJ Abrams' Bad Robot production company. The Star Wars Episode 7 director helmed the third movie in the series and he and Cruise reignited the franchise with Brad Bird's Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol. That movie, which also starred Jeremy Renner, famously sad Cruise sky-walking across the exterior glass 124 floors up on a Dubai skyscraper. It had a huge budget of $145 million but made an incredible $700 million.
David Ellison's Skydance production will finance the new Mission: Impossible movie, following the success of Jack Reacher which grossed $216 million on a $60 million budget. Cruise's latest movie Oblivion grossed $220 million on a budget of $120 million. Though many question whether the actor still 'has it,' he certainly still makes people rich. His next movie is the Guy Ritchie-director The Man From U.N.C.L.E with Armie Hammer.
Continue reading: One More Mission: Tom Cruise Signs On For Mission: Impossible 5
The final poster for Tom Cruise’s upcoming Jack Reacher has been released and it’s… well, it’s a Tom Cruise poster. Which we suppose is good - nobody can object to another picture of Cruise looking pensive and bruised in a leather jacket – but the promotional image offers little in the way of originality.
In truth, we all know what Jack Reacher will be about – Tom Cruise, looking angry, kicking *ahem* tail and taking names. Also riding some kind of fast vehicle. There will probably be more than one explosion sequence and lots of intense kissing scenes. So is it really any surprise that the promotional images haven’t been trying to present anything new? The first two stills show Cruise… err… Reacher looking into the distance with a red car in the background, while in the first actual poster he’s in front of a city background. This last poster, released domestically in the US is pretty much the same, zoomed in and without the city lights. All in all, no hints to the story, but do we really need any? It is fairly obvious at this point that the film is your run-of-the-mill Tom Cruise action, a-la Mission Impossible.
And is there really anything wrong with that? The posters look good, the film does too. Beyond that, anyone expecting a masterpiece is going into the theatre at their own risk. The flick, directed by Christopher McQuarrie, hits theatres just before Christmas, on December 21, 2012.
Jack Reacher is a former military police officer who with the ability to make himself untraceable; i.e. it's only possible to find him when he chooses to be found. However, he shows himself readily when he is recruited to investigate a quadruple murder when the suspect they rope in specifically requests him to be involved. The suspect is James Barr, a former sniper who once got away with shooting four people in a similar crime; a man who Reacher insisted he would kill should an incident like this ever occur again. Initially, he is determined to prove this guy's guilt, however as he delves deeper into the investigation he starts to believe the evidence shown to him by defense lawyer Helen Rodin points to his innocence and finally starts to see that there is a different perpetrator who deliberately set Barr up. Reacher is determined to find out the truth no matter how many laws he breaks on the way; though when Rodin is kidnapped by a cohort of the real killer after they get too close to the truth, the stakes are increased no matter how much Reacher tries to insist he has nothing to lose.
This gritty crime thriller is based on the 2005 novel 'One Shot' by Lee Child and has been entirely filmed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With a first class director and writer, Christopher McQuarrie ('The Usual Suspects', 'Valkyrie', 'The Tourist'), Jack Reacher looks definitely set to become a huge hit when it hits movie theaters on December 26th 2012.
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Elisa (Jolie) is a sleek, overdressed woman of mystery who is being stalked by a tenacious British detective (Bettany). When she boards a train from Paris to Venice, his men are in hot pursuit, so she sidles up to American touristFrank (Depp) to throw them off the scent. He looks similar to her boyfriend, who's wanted by the cops and a vicious Russian mobster (Berkoff). Once in Venice, Frank finds his world turned upside both by this ludicrously elegant woman and the army of goons pursuing him at every turn.
Continue reading: The Tourist Review
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