Film: The Mummy (2017) – “It’s not an exact science, this business”

Any remake runs the risk of struggling under the weight of expectations set by the original, this felt very apparent in the Tom Cruise version of ‘The Mummy

The main reason that I had any interest in seeing this film was because of the unintentionally funny version of the trailer that was put online with most of the sound effects missing – leaving the random grunting and screaming to take centre stage.

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Watching the finished film is a fairly similar experience, there are monsters and special effects however it feels like something fundamental is missing. Tom Cruise plays his usual barely two-dimensional self – which works for the first half of the film as the audience is meant to think that he’s a self-serving jerk, however it doesn’t make him believably redeemable

The plot is predictable enough to be light entertainment if you detach your brain there are various action scenes however there is no real sense of peril and the acting deserves special mention for being rubbish – even for a big budget action film

Russell Crowe as Dr Henry Jekyll, yes THAT Jerkyll, is utterly awful and feels shoe-horned in, however at least he got a central role; poor Sofia Boutella plays the title character yet is very much not the focus of the film (that would be Tom).

The best actor – and indeed character, in the film was Jake Johnson who plays Cruise’s semi-hallucination very dead sidekick, he was a less OTT version of Beni from the 1999 version of The Mummy

If you can watch this film very very cheaply and have very very low standards then it might be largely unintentionally funny enough to bother

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Film: ‘Rollerball’ (2002) – “And the other rules, well, the other rules are Russian and complicated.”

Remakes aren’t always dire, but remakes that miss the entire point of the original and bring nothing new to the table are a travesty.

The 1970s version of ‘Rollerball’ had a point, it had some interesting social-political messages and it was a decent vision of a worryingly plausible dystopian future.

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The 2002 film is aimed at young teen males at the point where nu-metal’s popularity had waned enough that Pink could be stuck on big screens a couple of times and it only seem mostly ridiculous to be in the same film as Slipknot. That and the Rob Zombie tracks that cropped up twice during the film were cr&p enough to date the film badly.

There are silly sound effects, very faux-injuries, bad acting and random female breasts. In short this film has no point, no deeper message or even any real sense of where it is going for the mere 90 minutes running time.

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Film: Robocop – “I am now authorized to use physical force!”

From an early age one of my parents ensured that I had access to age-inappropriate media – largely books but when my parents finally decided to buy a TV there were also films available to utterly ignore the age ratings on.

However one film that I wasn’t exposed to as a child was ‘Robocop’, there doesn’t seem to be any particular reason why this wasn’t on the table as the Terminator films were firm favourites and one that my younger sibling developed a fixation with that lasted several years.

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The release of the remake prompted a strange series of events whereby I am now in possession of the family copy of all three original Robocop films, so now I finally got to watch the original!

I rather like this vision of a dystopian future, the idea of corporations manipulating people to that extent and with such disregard is concerningly likely, the intercut adverts were amusing and sinister all at once, I now really want an ED-209 enforcement droid for work and I can’t understand why someone would want to remake this film.

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