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Imposters | TV Review

“Imposters”¬†is one of the shows featured on Box Office last week. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to get hooked, but myself and my husband actually stayed up until 4AM to watch it all on Friday.

Maddie is a con artist who, with the help of her two teammates, gets men and women to fall in love with her and takes advantage of them. Three of her former victims team up to track her down.¬†Now it seems really predictable where the series would go from this premise but it’s completely unpredictable. It’s great where they bring the plot. I’m not going to say where!

Inbar Lavi is the perfect leading lady. I’m starting a campaign for her to be Batgirl. She really delivered on that ability¬†to change persona and the series¬†wouldn’t have worked without it. I loved the ensemble cast – there is even a smashing cameo from Uma Thurman –¬†esp.¬†Parker Young.

Now, as I’m a Virgin Media customer I was able to watch it for free via “On Demand”. It’s not available anywhere else in Ireland, as it’s a Virgin Media Exclusive. I didn’t actually realize it was free until I went to rent it which was an added bonus.

In short, it’s a really funny, dark drama. Very easy to watch!¬†Season Two of Imposters has already been green lit – important to know before you get invested – it also still has 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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The Mummy | Film Review

First off, hands up, I thought The Mummy was part of The Legendary Entertainment MonsterVerse until today. I spent the whole movie waiting for the Monarch organization to turn up. Imagine my surpise when Prodigium waltzed in. The Dark Universe (which has a great logo) is rebooting classic monster movie titles made famous by the likes of screen legends Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi and Lon Chaney, Jr., setting the characters in a shared universe. Bill Condon’s The Bride of Frankenstein follows next February and plans for such titles as The Invisible Man (starring Johnny Depp Рboo!), The Wolfman and The Creature From the Black Lagoon are to follow.

As always spoilers…

Now I’m not of one the people you’ll come across who thinks there are already too many shared universes trying to cash in. I think shared universes are great but there is a balance. I call it avoiding doing an “Age of Ultron”.

The Mummy suffers a little bit from this but nothing to justify it’s 17% critics score on Rotten Tomatoes. Ouch. What do you want from a good Monster movie? First off a great Villain and Sofia Boutella’s¬†Ahmanet is fantastic. She’s got real motivation, she’s scary, her fight scenes are fab, there is chemistry with Tom Cruises’ character and the costume design and make up is spot on.

Our hero Tom Cruise as Nick Morton is a tad cliched but it’s Tom freaking Cruise so it’s fine. ¬†I was as surprised to find ¬†Jake Johnson as Vail, Nick’s friend and closest ally, as I was when he popped up in Jurassic World. It brought a type of humor into the movie that I wasn’t expecting but actually it was really needed. I just wish that this banter had extended to ¬†Annabelle Wallis’s¬†Jenny as well. The actress was perfect but how she was written… less so. Also, it stuck with me when she refers to “her life’s work” sure she’s only 31 or 32 that actress – as an archeologist she’s probably just out of college? Anyway that’s nit picking! I could pick at a few other plot holes but it’s a monster movie! Who cares? Some elements like the set design of the tomb were extremely clever in comparison.

Otherwise, the action and affects were top notch. There were some really interesting set pieces from the plane crash to the underwater chase scene.¬†They were a number of big scares – in particular the spiders (shivers… don’t google camel spiders like I did). ¬†I didn’t see it in 3D, which might have been a mistake.

In short, ignore the haters, give The Mummy a chance. It’s not unoriginal, it’s just showcasing its genre’s potential, with big budgets and even bigger stars.