In Cairo Cinemas: What to Expect from This Week’s New Film Releases
The slow and steady march of Hollywood’s summer blockbusters begun last week in Egypt with the release of The Mummy, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Despicable Me 3 – but that was just the beginning, with this week following suit with a certain friendly neighbourhood web-slinger, a high-octane action and an animation that bares more than just a passing resemblance to a classic.
What’s it About? Marvel studious’ latest production follows the life of teenager, Peter Parker, who struggles to balance between his life as a high school student and his fight, as Spider-Man, against supervillain, Vulture.
Why it Might Be Good: Besides earning 7.9/10 on IMDB and being ‘93% fresh’ on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie seems promising on several other levels; having A-list star, Robert Downey Jr., appearing his role as Spider-Man’s mentor, Tony Stark/Iron Man, on the bill ties it nicely to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, while getting to see Michael Keaton playing the villain gives the film a little extra weight.
Why it Might Be Bad: Although it skips the whole origin story approach, there have been five Spidey films since 2002 and how the film can put a new spin on the character’s trademark, naive, overly-enthusiastic, cheeky-chappy personality is going to be key. At this point, it feels like Spider-Man has been filmicly explored to death
What’s it About? Action flick, Overdrive, follows the journey of two car thieves, who, seeking new opportunities in France, wind up crossing a local crime boss.
Why it Might be Good: Overdrive is co-written by Michael Brandt and Derek Hass, who also wrote movies like Taken, Wanted and 2 Fast 2 Furious; so, if you happen to be a fan of any of these, this one might be good for you.
Why it Might be Bad: Except for Scott Eastwood, there are no other familiar names to look forward to seeing onscreen. Having said this, don’t expect anything more than a bunch of pretty faces in a procession of car-chase scenes.
What’s it About? This animation tells of the epic journey of three friends, who set to find a new home in the depths of the ocean. Think a Finding Nemo/Dory kind-of adventure.
Why it Might be Good: If you’ve been planning on taking your four-year-old nephew to the movies, this one might be good; it seems to be an easy-watch that demands nothing but slouching on the chair with a bucket of popcorn to munch on.
Why it Might be Bad: Just by looking at the poster, we can tell that Deep really has, let’s say, ‘borrowed’ a lot from Finding Nemo – you’ve been warned.
Stay tuned for all the info you need for this week’s new films with the Cairo 360 Cinema Guide – showing times, cinema locations, reviews and more.