Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

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The Mummy (2017)

The Mummy – What starts off as a ‘silly set up’ kind of introduction, quickly settles into a film which doesn’t take itself seriously.

Tom Cruise walks a thin line between trying to find a treasure and do the right thing. His non chalant behaviour provides unexpected humour, and so does his friend Jake Johnson.

The Mummy is played by Sofia Boutella, and very convincingly so. She is every bit an outworldly creature who was a stunning beauty and turns unforgivingly evil.

Russell Crowe is wasted in a role which will clearly be back for the sequel. It’s an interesting take on an old villian which becomes apparent quite quickly. Annabelle Wallis plays the defiant Jenny, the convenient plot point who drives the narrative.

It wasn’t a patch on the old ones, neither did it claim to be. It was set in London city with different parameters and did ok because it could laugh at itself. A Sequel is definitely on the cards.

2/5

Mission : Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)

After the Ghost Protocol debacle, the team has stuck to the safe formula from its predecessors, entertaining with good action and decent stunts. It however, does not have any overtly tense moments or cliffhangers as is customary for such films.

Tom Cruise has aged well, carrying the franchise on his shoulders with the help of Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg who provides the laughs and Sean Harris who provides the creeps. Rebecca Ferguson displays the rare combination of being a fatal feminine, with endearing looks and lethal moves.

The film explores several cities and has some very well crafted scenes, showing us different challenges and landscapes. Director Christopher McQuarrie has resuscitated a franchise and left room for a part six as well.

3/5

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Tom Cruise romances the audiences into reliving his death, over and over, for this apocalyptic film. Time manipulation is quickly explained until we settle into a comfortable ‘video game like’ routine, where we watch the events unfold, desperately hoping he finds a way to move forward.

It’s an unusual set of circumstances, so either ‘you enjoy the loop’ or you curse your choice of cinema viewing. I fell in the former group, not appreciating the 3D, but liked the editing. To keep such a plot fresh and linked is not easy, but James Herbert was up to the task.

Director Doug Liman has a repertoire of work which makes this subject right up his alley. Emily Blunt is the object of Tom’s ’50 first dates’, barring the romance of course.

The aliens are menacing and the destruction is grand. Mad Eye Moody makes a cameo, a cherry on the top of this entertaining pie.

3/5