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Review: The Mummy

The Mummy
06.08.2017
4 10

PLOT: A treasure hunting soldier (Tom Cruise) and an archaeologist (Annabelle Wallis) inadvertently awaken an ancient, malevolent mummy (Sofia Boutella) bent on world domination.

REVIEW: THE MUMMY is Universal’s make-or-break attempt to kick-start their long-planned “Dark Universe” franchise, where classic monsters from the studio catalog will come together in a multi-film saga. They tried this with DRACULA UNTOLD, but with Tom Cruise as their star, and FAST & FURIOUS scribe Chris Morgan god-fathering it, it seems like this time the studio’s not taking any chances. With so much riding on it, why does the new version of THE MUMMY seem so half-assed?

The biggest culprit here is a near total lack of originality. The DNA of so many movies forms the basis of THE MUMMY, that it’s enough to make your head-spin. Not only are exact archetypes from the ‘99 version of THE MUMMY-lifted, from the soldier-of-fortune hero/brainy heroine/comic-relief sidekick (the smarter ‘32 version is ignored), but they even dare to recycle bits and pieces of movies like AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (which they also own the rights to), with Jake Johnson’s un-dead sidekick showing up as a decaying corpse to give his former friend guidance throughout his adventure. Did anyone involved even have a single original idea to contribute, or was the goal just to make something so safe and familiar audiences would feel like they’ve seen it all before.

Worst of all is how badly Cruise, perhaps the greatest modern movie star, is miscast. Playing an amoral soldier of fortune/can’t miss ladies man, Cruise looks like he’s struggling to get a handle on a character that seems like it was written for a guy twenty years younger in the Bradley Cooper/Ryan Gosling-model. The romantic aspect also goes nowhere. While Annabelle Wallis is charming, no sparks whatsoever fly between her and Cruise, despite the fact that when the movie starts they’re already supposed to be sleeping together. He’s simply not convincing as an amoral cad. They needed a Michael Douglas in ROMANCING THE STONE-type, whose motivations aren’t always clear. With Cruise in the part his whole act seems phony. For better or worse, he’s an icon now and has a range. This feels all-wrong.

Matters aren’t helped by the abysmal screenplay, which is padded with too many loose strands meant to build up the shared universe. This takes away any threat that’s supposed to come from Sofia Boutella’s mummy. She’s treated as a throwaway villain meant to establish a certain threat in that universe, and nothing more. Clearly, the Dark Universe gang has studied the Marvel movies, but this suffers from the same problem BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE did, in that they try to jump right into the universe without first establishing any of the characters. Russell Crowe’s Henry Jekyll is set up as their pseudo Nick Fury and the connecting thread between the movies. He seems to be having fun and is a better fit to the universe than Cruise, but his organization is such a clear rip-off of S.H.I.E.L.D, one is embarrassed for everyone involved at how transparent it is.

One thing I will admit is this - I’m a huge Tom Cruise fan, and as such, I hold his films to a higher standard than most. I can’t help it, as he’s such a consistent performer, that anything less than really prime material seems like a waste of his star-power. There’s absolutely no reason Cruise had to be in THE MUMMY, outside of his box office appeal. He gets very little to do, with only the much hyped zero-g sequence (shot in the famous “vomit comet”) and a brief fight with Crowe giving us anything to remember once the credits roll. Too many things are juggled, and everyone, from director Alex Kurtzman on down, would have been better served had Universal been less focused on a franchise that may never happen, and built a really solid film around their star. This is a disposable romp that, and I hate to write this, actually pales next to the ‘99 THE MUMMY, which is a lot better than people give it credit for. At least that was fun. This is just a drag, and a real mess from start-to-finish. This may well be the worst film Cruise has ever done.

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1:28PM on 06/10/2017

Too many gags!

While the movie should be fun doesn't help much with all the running gags in between dividing the attention. The Mummy has nothing much to do here except repeat the same lines. Baywatch also a victim to its self aware jokes. Instead of giving Cruise the crooked hero follow up, he's somewhat asked to fill in as the hero which I felt wasted on him. BVS had the right tone and the setting up of characters was done in a timely manner.
While the movie should be fun doesn't help much with all the running gags in between dividing the attention. The Mummy has nothing much to do here except repeat the same lines. Baywatch also a victim to its self aware jokes. Instead of giving Cruise the crooked hero follow up, he's somewhat asked to fill in as the hero which I felt wasted on him. BVS had the right tone and the setting up of characters was done in a timely manner.
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8:43PM on 06/09/2017
I'm saying "This is a bad idea" because it seems this review is jumping on the "trash it" bandwagon. Saw it today, 12:15 show in IMAX which was 80% full. The crowd laughed at the right parts, jumped at the right parts and listening to the conversations coming out of it, enjoyed it. As did I. It wasn't perfect (Jake Johnson does not deserve a career, he's a terrible actor and brutally unfunny) but otherwise it was a lot of fun. And fuck the "purists" complaining how this shits on the legacy of
I'm saying "This is a bad idea" because it seems this review is jumping on the "trash it" bandwagon. Saw it today, 12:15 show in IMAX which was 80% full. The crowd laughed at the right parts, jumped at the right parts and listening to the conversations coming out of it, enjoyed it. As did I. It wasn't perfect (Jake Johnson does not deserve a career, he's a terrible actor and brutally unfunny) but otherwise it was a lot of fun. And fuck the "purists" complaining how this shits on the legacy of the "classic" movies. The original 1932 Mummy was as comparable as an "adventure" movie back in the day, it's not strictly a "horror" film.
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2:35PM on 06/09/2017

Just watched it

I agree with @James Bourne. I really enjoyed this movie. It's summer popcorn entertainment. Sure it has it's flaws but not to the point where it's at 18% on rotten tomatoes. Don't except Academy Award material. Think of it more as an origin story for Tom Cruises character and I think y'all will enjoy it a little more. This movie is setting up the Dark Universe. If anything I would say it's at least a 6/10 if not a 7/10. Just my opinion.
I agree with @James Bourne. I really enjoyed this movie. It's summer popcorn entertainment. Sure it has it's flaws but not to the point where it's at 18% on rotten tomatoes. Don't except Academy Award material. Think of it more as an origin story for Tom Cruises character and I think y'all will enjoy it a little more. This movie is setting up the Dark Universe. If anything I would say it's at least a 6/10 if not a 7/10. Just my opinion.
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2:45PM on 06/09/2017
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1:04PM on 06/09/2017
I had a smidge of hope for this due to Cruise's involvement. It's rare that he picks a project this bad. But, from the outset, nothing about this looked all that good. From the moment the trailer premiered, I was chiming that this was basically the 90's Mummy all over again. Turns out I was right.
I had a smidge of hope for this due to Cruise's involvement. It's rare that he picks a project this bad. But, from the outset, nothing about this looked all that good. From the moment the trailer premiered, I was chiming that this was basically the 90's Mummy all over again. Turns out I was right.
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12:38PM on 06/09/2017
Just watched it. Really don't get the hate for this movie. It's definitely not as bad as the reviews say. I enjoyed the movie even though it's not as good as I expected
Just watched it. Really don't get the hate for this movie. It's definitely not as bad as the reviews say. I enjoyed the movie even though it's not as good as I expected
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2:37PM on 06/09/2017
I agree with you. I enjoyed it. I really hope they continue the Dark Universe. I want to see where it goes next especially with Nick Morton.
I agree with you. I enjoyed it. I really hope they continue the Dark Universe. I want to see where it goes next especially with Nick Morton.
7:23AM on 06/09/2017
This movie literally made me go watch the Brendan Fraser films which firstly, made me miss the hell out of the talented Brendan Fraser who absolutely OWNS his character Rick, and secondly, made me remember how purely entertaining those movies were...I am not going to watch this, just watch Sommers' films guys, they don't disappoint.
This movie literally made me go watch the Brendan Fraser films which firstly, made me miss the hell out of the talented Brendan Fraser who absolutely OWNS his character Rick, and secondly, made me remember how purely entertaining those movies were...I am not going to watch this, just watch Sommers' films guys, they don't disappoint.
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1:10AM on 06/09/2017

"Miscast"

That's the word I was looking for because despite Tom Cruise's best, his performance looked like he was still giving a screening-test.
That's the word I was looking for because despite Tom Cruise's best, his performance looked like he was still giving a screening-test.
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3:02PM on 06/08/2017
Everything about this movie looks like one of those movies in the 10 DVD pack of Asylum flicks.
Everything about this movie looks like one of those movies in the 10 DVD pack of Asylum flicks.
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2:01PM on 06/08/2017
Yikes. Maybe Universal shouldn't have shrugged off DRACULA UNTOLD as quickly as they did. They seemed pretty cocky about it, too. Star power certainly makes a more sellable movie, but not always a better one.
Reminder: You gave DRACULA UNTOLD a 6/10 back in 2014.
Yikes. Maybe Universal shouldn't have shrugged off DRACULA UNTOLD as quickly as they did. They seemed pretty cocky about it, too. Star power certainly makes a more sellable movie, but not always a better one.
Reminder: You gave DRACULA UNTOLD a 6/10 back in 2014.
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3:12PM on 06/08/2017
I don't see how The Mummy could be worse than that pile of shit(Dracula Untold).
I don't see how The Mummy could be worse than that pile of shit(Dracula Untold).
1:46PM on 06/08/2017

Give the original 70+ year old movie

I never have had nay interest in this movie.

What I don't understand, this gets savaged for a lack of originality yet Wonder Woman is praised yet it is just a poorly disguised remake of Captain America First Avenger.

BvS came after MOS which started setting up the universe and do we really need to have Batman and Superman 'established'. After 70+ years people know who they are,
I never have had nay interest in this movie.

What I don't understand, this gets savaged for a lack of originality yet Wonder Woman is praised yet it is just a poorly disguised remake of Captain America First Avenger.

BvS came after MOS which started setting up the universe and do we really need to have Batman and Superman 'established'. After 70+ years people know who they are,
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3:24PM on 06/08/2017
To be fair, Wonder Woman's origin has never been told on the big screen and I think it's about time she got her own movie. Also they changed the setting from World War II to World War I to set it apart from Captain America and it is a very different film altogether.

As for BvS, they introduced a Batman who has already been established for over a decade so they didn't have to retell his whole origin again. Yes they made the murder of his parents important to the story, but that is always
To be fair, Wonder Woman's origin has never been told on the big screen and I think it's about time she got her own movie. Also they changed the setting from World War II to World War I to set it apart from Captain America and it is a very different film altogether.

As for BvS, they introduced a Batman who has already been established for over a decade so they didn't have to retell his whole origin again. Yes they made the murder of his parents important to the story, but that is always his driving force as a character. I'm kind of a DC fanboy... but Wonder Woman WAS an amazing film.
4:43PM on 06/08/2017
100% agree about Wonder Woman... i still enjoyed it, but it was basically a remake of Capt America... yes remakes do change settings (the above poster saying "hey man, it is ww1 and not ww2.. see totally different, is a superman,/ clark kent argument!)
100% agree about Wonder Woman... i still enjoyed it, but it was basically a remake of Capt America... yes remakes do change settings (the above poster saying "hey man, it is ww1 and not ww2.. see totally different, is a superman,/ clark kent argument!)
10:52PM on 06/08/2017
I still think it's an entirely different film that just happens to be a superhero film set around a war. I can't think of any similarities besides the war, anything else you come up with can be compared to most other superhero films.
I still think it's an entirely different film that just happens to be a superhero film set around a war. I can't think of any similarities besides the war, anything else you come up with can be compared to most other superhero films.
12:33PM on 06/08/2017
This is disappointing. But regarding the end of the article... Do people consider the 99 Mummy movie bad? I always thought it was a solid adventure movie with a couple of legitimately scary scenes
This is disappointing. But regarding the end of the article... Do people consider the 99 Mummy movie bad? I always thought it was a solid adventure movie with a couple of legitimately scary scenes
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1:31PM on 06/08/2017
Yeah, that got me by surprise as well. I do like 1999 The Mummy and The Mummy Returns. However, not so much with 3rd one - Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.
Yeah, that got me by surprise as well. I do like 1999 The Mummy and The Mummy Returns. However, not so much with 3rd one - Tomb of the Dragon Emperor.
2:03PM on 06/08/2017
Agreed. I love the 99 Mummy. Hell, I was in high school when it came out and loved it. I think I saw it 2 or 3 times in the theater and I still love it today
Agreed. I love the 99 Mummy. Hell, I was in high school when it came out and loved it. I think I saw it 2 or 3 times in the theater and I still love it today
11:33AM on 06/08/2017

Once again, I was right

Movie looked horrible from the start.
Movie looked horrible from the start.
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11:22AM on 06/08/2017
Wow. Sounds like I should stick with 1999 The Mummy.
Wow. Sounds like I should stick with 1999 The Mummy.
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2:34PM on 06/08/2017
1999 version is likely better, will still watch the new version though (probably not at the cinema).

I was dreamin' when I wrote this
So sue me if I go too fast
1999 version is likely better, will still watch the new version though (probably not at the cinema).

I was dreamin' when I wrote this
So sue me if I go too fast
7:27PM on 06/08/2017
Haha, that's alright. I'll probably check out the new movie on Blu Ray.
Haha, that's alright. I'll probably check out the new movie on Blu Ray.
11:05AM on 06/08/2017

Yup

I called it. The trailers were a CGI nightmare. Not a huge cruise fan to begin with.... From the start this movie looked pretty bad.
I called it. The trailers were a CGI nightmare. Not a huge cruise fan to begin with.... From the start this movie looked pretty bad.
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10:29AM on 06/08/2017
Also, The Wolfman with Del Toro should have been their starting point that movie is very underrated. I think it catches the old monster atmosphere a lot better too.
Also, The Wolfman with Del Toro should have been their starting point that movie is very underrated. I think it catches the old monster atmosphere a lot better too.
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11:03AM on 06/08/2017
I didn't really like that movie but I don't know why they didn't go with the horror vibe and turned this into an action film. I have read reviews that state that when the film ventures into its horror roots, you see promise, but once it abandons it for action, that is where the problems become apparent.
I didn't really like that movie but I don't know why they didn't go with the horror vibe and turned this into an action film. I have read reviews that state that when the film ventures into its horror roots, you see promise, but once it abandons it for action, that is where the problems become apparent.
11:27AM on 06/08/2017
That Wolfman movie was pretty good and it's very underrated.
That Wolfman movie was pretty good and it's very underrated.
10:26AM on 06/08/2017
99' Mummy is legit one of my all time favorite movies. As a 9 year old it terried me and the action adventure aspect was top notch. Not to mention Brendan Frazier actually owns that role.. This movie should have been done on a much smaller scale. I will probably wait for it on DVD. Sad cuz I was semi excited for this.
99' Mummy is legit one of my all time favorite movies. As a 9 year old it terried me and the action adventure aspect was top notch. Not to mention Brendan Frazier actually owns that role.. This movie should have been done on a much smaller scale. I will probably wait for it on DVD. Sad cuz I was semi excited for this.
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10:59AM on 06/08/2017
The first one, not the second or third, perfectly captured the swashbuckling action genre it set out to honor. I remember being really surprised about how much I enjoyed it
The first one, not the second or third, perfectly captured the swashbuckling action genre it set out to honor. I remember being really surprised about how much I enjoyed it
8:10AM on 06/08/2017
From the start, this film looked really generic and unappealing. It seems they paid Cruise a shit ton of movie just to get more interest which was all along a lack luster script.
From the start, this film looked really generic and unappealing. It seems they paid Cruise a shit ton of movie just to get more interest which was all along a lack luster script.
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8:14AM on 06/08/2017
** Also guys, fix your "edit your comment function". It's been months and several people have brought it up with no resolve. Thanks
** Also guys, fix your "edit your comment function". It's been months and several people have brought it up with no resolve. Thanks
7:28AM on 06/08/2017

No surprise here

For the past 20 years, Universal has dropped the ball on their monsters that made the studio what it is. Instead of going with the atmosphere and horror that made the originals such classics, they've attempted to make them into actioners with little plot or atmosphere (99's Mummy, Van Helsing, I Frankenstein, Dracula Untold and now this) and none of them have worked. With rumors that theyre pursuing the Rock as the wolfman, it's obvious they want action blockbusters of intellectual property
For the past 20 years, Universal has dropped the ball on their monsters that made the studio what it is. Instead of going with the atmosphere and horror that made the originals such classics, they've attempted to make them into actioners with little plot or atmosphere (99's Mummy, Van Helsing, I Frankenstein, Dracula Untold and now this) and none of them have worked. With rumors that theyre pursuing the Rock as the wolfman, it's obvious they want action blockbusters of intellectual property rather than creating a good horror movie with the characters that made the company. Might as well get Vin Diesel as a navy captain for Creature from the Black Lagoon. Cant wait to see the shootouts and explosions in the Invisible Man and the CGI car chases in Frankenstein.
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9:43AM on 06/08/2017
Wow, I (unfortunately) could not agree with you more. Ever since I was a kid, I've wanted to see a scary, modern, dare I say R (especially nowadays), and strikingly visual take on all the old monsters. I used to think the Mummy, Frankenstein, Wolfman were all very silly and not scary, but had, as you said atmosphere, which gave it such depth. It's really sad they went the action route.
That being said, I think the 90s had a good thing going (which no one is really mentioning) with the
Wow, I (unfortunately) could not agree with you more. Ever since I was a kid, I've wanted to see a scary, modern, dare I say R (especially nowadays), and strikingly visual take on all the old monsters. I used to think the Mummy, Frankenstein, Wolfman were all very silly and not scary, but had, as you said atmosphere, which gave it such depth. It's really sad they went the action route.
That being said, I think the 90s had a good thing going (which no one is really mentioning) with the fantastic 'Bram Stoker's Dracula', and 'Frankenstein' with Robert De Niro. They might not have the "universe", but those two movies still stick with me.
10:38AM on 06/08/2017
I think that is part of why this dark universe may fail, they forgot the "dark" part. The Brendan Fraiser The Mummy was at least fun, the sequel I didn't even mind but I ignore the third film. Was it "scary"? Not really, but it was the most fun of all those types of movies made at the time.
I was hoping there would be less actiony and more thrills and scares for this so-called "dark universe" but it seems like that idea just wont fly anymore. It's all about how many can we get in to a theatre
I think that is part of why this dark universe may fail, they forgot the "dark" part. The Brendan Fraiser The Mummy was at least fun, the sequel I didn't even mind but I ignore the third film. Was it "scary"? Not really, but it was the most fun of all those types of movies made at the time.
I was hoping there would be less actiony and more thrills and scares for this so-called "dark universe" but it seems like that idea just wont fly anymore. It's all about how many can we get in to a theatre rather than "Just f***ing R Rate it and make a great movie". Seems like no one has the balls to make actual scary films anymore.
I haven't seen this movie yet but i've yet to see a trailer that has grabbed my interest. It seriously looks bland.
2:26PM on 06/08/2017
Yeah, you pretty much nailed it. It's a shame too, because Penny Dreadful proved that you can do a grown-up, well-made and genuinely dark, atmospheric version of these stories and not have to rely on CGI-driven effects and loads of action. There are bits and pieces of both in Penny Dreadful, and yes, the show does go a bit over the top in some scenes, but it's obvious that they weren't interested in making it as broad and accessible as possible, which I guess is what they're aiming for with the
Yeah, you pretty much nailed it. It's a shame too, because Penny Dreadful proved that you can do a grown-up, well-made and genuinely dark, atmospheric version of these stories and not have to rely on CGI-driven effects and loads of action. There are bits and pieces of both in Penny Dreadful, and yes, the show does go a bit over the top in some scenes, but it's obvious that they weren't interested in making it as broad and accessible as possible, which I guess is what they're aiming for with the Dark Universe stuff. Maybe the reviews for THE MUMMY will shift their priorities. Too bad, I was looking forward to my yearly summer fix of Tom Cruise Running.
7:14AM on 06/08/2017

WANTED TO SEE IT TONIGHT ..

.. but sentence "This may well be the worst film Cruise has ever done" stuck a chord. Tom usually delivers solid movies, but this looked like clusterf**k from the get go.
.. but sentence "This may well be the worst film Cruise has ever done" stuck a chord. Tom usually delivers solid movies, but this looked like clusterf**k from the get go.
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5:07AM on 06/08/2017

Saw it last night

I saw it last night and i agree with the review. The movie was very bad, not even scary. The acting was awful and Tom cruice was very bad. If you did not like the 1999 movie, this is worst.
I saw it last night and i agree with the review. The movie was very bad, not even scary. The acting was awful and Tom cruice was very bad. If you did not like the 1999 movie, this is worst.
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4:59AM on 06/08/2017
This looked like a turd from day one
This looked like a turd from day one
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4:31AM on 06/08/2017
Anyway,got to watch this movie for Tom. Latest trailer gave a vibe that the movie is not going to be that bad
Anyway,got to watch this movie for Tom. Latest trailer gave a vibe that the movie is not going to be that bad
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3:53AM on 06/08/2017
Ah, I'm still going to see it - I'm also a TC fan - but was hoping for a more positive review considering this film is spring boarding a cinematic universe.
Ah, I'm still going to see it - I'm also a TC fan - but was hoping for a more positive review considering this film is spring boarding a cinematic universe.
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3:23AM on 06/08/2017

Will watch Wonder Woman again in IMAX 3D.


I love Cruise but seems so miscast in this one, and those CGI look so dated, so 90's/00's...

I love Cruise but seems so miscast in this one, and those CGI look so dated, so 90's/00's...
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2:07AM on 06/08/2017
No surprise there, really. Something was off from the start. Bumbray might be right on this one.
No surprise there, really. Something was off from the start. Bumbray might be right on this one.
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1:51AM on 06/08/2017
Meh. I'll form my own opinion.
Meh. I'll form my own opinion.
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1:56AM on 06/08/2017
When it comes to Bumbray reviews I totally agree. With his reviews you need to add 2 to a low score or take 2 away from a high score.
When it comes to Bumbray reviews I totally agree. With his reviews you need to add 2 to a low score or take 2 away from a high score.
11:50AM on 06/08/2017
Exactly. I don't expect this to be anything more than a popcorn movie, but I highly doubt it's as bad as the review makes it out to be.
Exactly. I don't expect this to be anything more than a popcorn movie, but I highly doubt it's as bad as the review makes it out to be.
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