‘Hotel Artemis’ Boasts A Star Studded Cast In First Trailer

“In ‘Hotel Artemis’, set in riot-torn, near-future Los Angeles, Jodie Foster plays The Nurse, who runs a secret, members-only emergency room for criminals.”

Directed by: Drew Pearce

Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Jodie Foster, Dave Bautista, Sterling K. Brown, Charlie Day, Sofia Boutella, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Brian Tyree Henry

Release Date: July 20th, 2018

The Mummy

Year: 2017
Directed by: Alex Kurtzman
Starring: Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson, Annabelle Wallis

Written by Rhys Bowen Jones

18 years after Brendan Fraser’s ‘The Mummy’ surprised us all by actually being good and fun, we have a re-imagining of ‘The Mummy’ as the first instalment of Universal’s planned Dark Universe. Dark Universe is meant to be a shared cinematic universe (how many of those have come and gone since Marvel near perfected the formula?) of some of cinema’s most iconic monsters, including The Invisible Man, The Wolfman, and The Creature from the Black Lagoon. There is a lot of star power behind this incoming franchise, led by Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe. On paper, the conceit could be a fun one, but frankly, after ‘The Mummy’, the Dark Universe is already off to a rocky start.

When an ancient tomb and sarcophagus is discovered long-buried under Iraq, our heroes Nick Morton (Cruise) and Jennifer Halsey (Wallis) are tasked with transporting the sarcophagus to London for investigation and analysis. En route, disaster strikes as the contents of the sarcophagus, an Ancient Egyptian princess by the name of Princess Ahmanet (Boutella), is awoken and hell-bent on taking Earth for her own. Beyond that, we have a search for a MacGuffin or two, and a meeting with a mysterious figure (Crowe) who knows all too much about Ahmanet and her quest for world destruction.

For my money, despite its fairly damning reviews since its release, I didn’t find ‘The Mummy’ to be wholly without merit. Tom Cruise has, deservedly, earned himself the title of Hollywood’s go-to movie star, and he does everything he can to sell this film. Cruise is evidently having a lot of fun as he does Tom Cruise things. Whether it’s rolling around a plummeting plane, swimming away from swimming mummies (you heard), or legging it from an incoming giant face-made-of-sand in the middle of London, ‘The Mummy’ hits all the beats of your typical Tom Cruise film. Ultimately, the film is almost astoundingly generic, but when it’s “Tom Cruise generic”, you know you’re in for an entertaining time at least.

The film is also surprisingly funny in parts, using physical comedy and occasionally embracing the ridiculousness of the film. Sadly though, these funny parts are in direct contrast to much of the action on screen, which is where ‘The Mummy’ begins to unravel. Hold your applause.

‘The Mummy’ is tonally all over the place. The film regularly jumps from mysterious, Nathan Drake style tomb investigation to a scene from a horror film to the characters having friendly banter in a pub. One of the lead characters meets an untimely end in the first third of the film and their death is treated as something of a joke after the character who killed them accidentally fires a third shot. ‘The Mummy’ is a film that doesn’t entirely know what it wants to be. It even earned a 15-rating in the UK for sustained threat, but it never fully utilised its rating. In a film primarily linked to a horror character, you want more than the occasional jump scare, only a few of which are actually effective.

The key problem with ‘The Mummy’ is it tries to do too much in one film. It tries so hard to set up its own cinematic universe after so confidently opening the film with a Dark Universe title card that it forgets some of the fundamentals of making a good film.

Now, setting up the Dark Universe wasn’t entirely unsuccessful as I found a mid-point scene involving Crowe and Cruise the highlight of the film. Crowe’s, without giving too much away, alternate ego is a hugely entertaining 5 minutes that above all showed Crowe having fun. Crowe is handed an incredibly exposition-filled role as he explains to Morton and Halsey what exactly Ahmanet is and what she wants, and it’s nice to see him get a satisfying moment in the spotlight.

Where the writers (5 of them! Yes, 5!) and director Alex Kurtzman fell-short was convincing us ‘The Mummy’ was a film that could work on its own. It doesn’t commit to its characters enough as no one beyond Cruise, Crowe, and Boutella even register as anyone of interest (I found Wallis to be particularly poor in all honesty). There is no real through-line from where the film begins to where the film ends; it’s more a collection of 5 or 6 initially unconnected action set-pieces (though mostly entertaining) woven together through thinly plotted dialogue scenes.

I couldn’t shake the feeling as the film ended that what I watched was, ultimately, pointless. The film itself will leave no lasting impression beyond setting up the Dark Universe, should this even carry on after the critical mauling ‘The Mummy’ has received. I found myself mostly entertained for the majority of its run-time, but I can assure you that the 2017 reboot of ‘The Mummy’ will not leave the same lasting impression the 1999 version of ‘The Mummy’ had. Wherefore art thou, Brendan Fraser?

Rhys’ rating: 4.7 out of 10

Universal’s Monster Universe Officially Named ‘Dark Universe’ With ‘Bride Of Frankenstein’ Following ‘The Mummy’

We knew Universal planned to kick start a new ‘Monster Universe’ with the upcoming ‘The Mummy’ reboot, well now it officially has a name, ‘Dark Universe’. 

This new name was announced via a tweet from a new Twitter account, which had the following video attached. In this video there are clips from some classic monster movies, including ‘Dracula’, ‘Bride of Frankenstein’, ‘The Wolfman’, and ‘The Mummy’. These films are more than likely what we can expect to be rebooted for this new ‘Dark Universe’

Supporting this theory is the new announcement that ‘Bride of Frankenstein’ will be the second film of this universe, and it currently has a Valentines Day 2019 release date. Bill Condon, whose most recent film was Disney’s live-action ‘Beauty and the Beast’, is set to direct. 

Javier Bardem has been cast as Frankenstein’s Monster and Johnny Depp will be the Invisible Man! More casting announcements likely to come following this news! 

Charlize Theron Kicks All Kinds Of Ass In The New Trailer For Atomic Blonde

A brand new kick ass trailer for David Leitch’s ‘Atomic Blonde’ has arrived and Charlize Theron is once again proving she isn’t taking shit from anyone. Starring alongside Theron  in this “blistering blend of sleek action, gritty sexuality and dazzling style” are the super talented likes of James McAvoy, John Goodman, Sofia Boutella, and Toby Jones. 

I thought the first trailer was superb and really showcased what to expect from the film. This new trailer was somehow even better and secures ‘Atomic Blondes’ place on my ever growing  list of films that I’m excited to see this year. 

The synopsis for the film is:

“Oscar® winner Charlize Theron explodes into summer in Atomic Blonde, a breakneck action-thriller that follows MI6’s most lethal assassin through a ticking time bomb of a city simmering with revolution and double-crossing hives of traitors.

The crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.”

‘Atomic Blonde’ arrives in UK cinemas 11th August 2017

Written by Tom Sheffield

Princess Ahmanet Wreaks Havoc In The New Trailer For The Mummy

Universal have released a brand new trailer for the upcoming reboot of ‘The Mummy’ and someone definitely woke up on the wrong side of, the er, tomb. This new trailer gives us a greater insight into who Princess Ahmanet was and why she’s now wreaking havoc.  It also appears she’s the reason why Tom Cruise’s character, Nick Morton, wakes up in a body bag after being found dead after a plane crash. 

Sofia Boutella is the Mummy at large, and joining her and Cruise in this film Universal hopes kick starts their ‘Monsters Universe’ are Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, and Russel Crowe, who is playing Dr. Henry Jekyll and is likely to be a key character to link the future films. 

The first trailer didn’t give too much away, and I wasn’t really sold on this reboot. However, now we know more about Ahmanet and her plan, and had a better look at the visuals in the film, I’m actually quite excited to see this reboot. Love him or hate him, Cruise always put 110% into his films and the stunts he performs and no doubt he’s got a few tricks up his sleeve for this film to surprise us. 


“Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension. From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.”

Written by Tom Sheffield

The First Red Band Trailer For Atomic Blonde Is Here!

David Leitch, who co-directed the insanely brilliant bullet-frenzy that was John Wick and is currently working on Deadpool 2, is in the directors chair  for ‘Atomic Blonde, which is being called a “blistering blend of sleek action, gritty sexuality and dazzling style”.  

The synopsis is:

“Oscar® winner Charlize Theron explodes into summer in Atomic Blonde, a breakneck action-thriller that follows MI6’s most lethal assassin through a ticking time bomb of a city simmering with revolution and double-crossing hives of traitors.

The crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.”

The film boasts a fantastic cast with the likes of, Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Sofia Boutella, and Toby Jones.  I’ve been waiting for this trailer since I heard about the film and who was involved and I’ve got to say, this trailer really didn’t disappoint! It’s already being hailed as the female John Wick, which I can definitely see will catch on quickly. 

‘Atomic Blonde’ arrives in UK cinemas 11th August 2017

Written by Tom Sheffield

The Mummy Trailer

Welcome to a new world of Gods and Monsters…

The first trailer for Universal Pictures’ reboot of ‘The Mummy’ has been released overnight and London looks set to be the centre of an Egyptian Princess’ tantrum, in which she wreaks havoc and destruction in order to “claim what she has been denied”.

Tom Cruise takes centre stage as Nick Morton, who’s team finds the sarcophagus of Ahmenet, an ancient Egyptian princess played by Sofia Boutella. After an attempt to transport the dead Princess ends in their plane crash landing, Nick wakes up in a zipped up body bag in a morgue, much to his confusion.  We hear the voice of Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe) saying “welcome to a new world of Gods and Monsters” and are shown short clips of Ahmenet teasing the extent of her power as she destroys central London. The 2 minute long trailer doesn’t offer much in the way of plot details, but we can probably expect the marketing for this film to really pick up in the first quarter of 2017, which will give us a greater insight into the plot and characters.

It’s no secret that Universal Pictures are trying to create a ‘Monsters Universe’ franchise, with the likes of ‘The Invisible Man’, ‘Bride of Frankenstein’ and even a reboot of ‘Van Helsing’ on their scheduled list, amongst a couple of yet unnanounced films. It’s evident that Universal are choosing who they think are the best people to make this universe a success, they have Alex Kurtzman, who helped build the Transformers and Mission Impossible franchises, directing this first installment and he’s also set to be a producer of the future films in this universe. Sean Daniel has been signed on as a producer, who produced the 1999 ‘The Mummy’ trilogy which starred Brendan Fraser in the leading role. 

This universe has the potential to be huge and ‘The Mummy’ is where it all begins, so whilst this film may be a starting point, I really hope when watching it it doesn’t feel like one. 

Are there any monsters you’d like to see introduced into this new universe?

‘The Mummy’ roars into UK theatres 9th June 2017

Written by Tom Sheffield