Cima Ali Baba is made up of two separate films, the first being the Star Wars style ‘Go and Kill Them All’, and the second being ‘The Cock in the Nest’.

Mekki stars in the first film as Hazal’om, a human being who has been abducted from planet Earth by three corrupt government officials on Planet Rivo. He was specifically chosen due to his resemblance of their assassinated president who died without appointing a deputy. As part of a plan to assume control of the planet, the corrupt officials want to pass Hazal’om off as the president until he fulfils their plan to appoint one of them as his deputy after which they intend to dispose of him. Hazal’om is caught between the officials who have him captive and the resistance who wish to establish a democracy.

Directly inspired by the revolution, ‘Go and Kill Them All’ combines a run-of-the-mill story with Star Wars-esque visuals, though honestly, the thirty year old original Star Wars looked better. Nonetheless, the jokes and the sheer amount of body paint are barely enough to sustain it.

The second film, ‘The Cock in the Nest’ revolves around the animal inhabitants of a farm who are being terrorized by a gang of hyenas who forcefully take an ever increasing percentage of the farm’s output every month. The farm animals live in the hope that one day Habash the fighting cock will return and save them from the hyenas’ tyranny. Mekki plays a thieving cock named Baraber who along with his sidekick Sondo’ the rat, plans to rob the farm. Before they have a chance to get their plan straight though, the farm animals see them and mistake Baraber for Habash.

Baraber and Sondo’ go along with this mistaken identity that has afforded them food and shelter and a respected status and plan to milk it for as long as possible. Their sense of victory is short lived though due to the arrival of the hyenas who thoroughly humiliate the new arrivals thus crushing the farm animals’ hopes. Baraber who has come to love living as an honest and respected cock, deigns to bring down the hyenas with the help of the farm animals, however before they can execute the plan, the farm animals uncover his true identity and cast him out.

The costumes and acting are really cool. Seeing the actors wearing feathers and animal noses and mimicking their animal’s mannerisms was pretty awesome. It was mainly this and not the jokes that provided the few laughs.

The moral of both films revolve around seizing the chance to do the right thing and that a unified resistance can topple the strongest enemies. While the first part was funnier, the second was more interesting though neither film was particularly successful. Either way, it’s an unconventional film for Egyptian cinema however, in this reviewer’s opinion; Cima Ali Baba might have been better as a television show.