In Cairo Cinemas: What to Expect from This Week’s New Film Releases
There’s plenty of action to be found in Cairo cinemas, with this week’s new releases offering some car-based thrills, alien-robot warfare and an intimate portrayal of what has come to be known as the Miracle of Dunkirk.
What’s it About? Baby, a fresh-faced but awfully skilled getaway driver, finds himself in trouble when he’s coerced by a rather nasty crime lord into taking part in an impossible heist.
Why it Might Be Good: Baby has been received exceedingly well in the states, with many praising the film’s fusion of fast-paced action and intelligent drama. The cast is also rather impressive; Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Lily James and Jon Bernthal all provide solid support for young lead, Ansel Elgort.
Why it Might Be Bad: The film looks like its full of heist film stereotypes and the skeleton of the plot sounds all too familiar – petty criminal with a heart of gold finds himself in a spot of bother with some mean men, before discovering something new about himself.
What’s it About? Christopher Nolan’s WWII epic focuses on the Dunkirk evacuation of 1940 which saw British, Belgian, French and Canadian soldiers cut off and surrounded by German troops, by looking at it from three different perspectives.
Why it Might Be Good: When has Christopher Nolan ever done anything bad? It’s been a week since its release in the UK and many are already calling it one of the best war films ever. Acting-wise, inexperienced lead, Fionn Whitehead has been compared to award-winning actor, Tom Courtenay, while Harry Styles surprise casting seemed to have worked out much better than everyone assumed. It doesn’t hurt that Nolan favourites, Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy, as well as Kenneth Brannagh, are also part of the ensemble cast.
Why it Might Be Bad: In dividing the perspective of the film into three separate characters, the film also takes a non-linear approach that is said to make it difficult to emotionally and viscerally invest in what is an emotional and visceral subject matter. But maybe we’re being a bit picky.
What’s it About? With Optimus Prime gone, the fifth film in the Transformers series sees the human resistance explore the history the eponymous alien robots with earth as the war between the Autobots and Decepticons reaches boiling point.
Why it Might be Good: The visuals – especially if viewed in 3D – are bound to be great, while the return of Josh Duhamel and John Turturro from the first three films gives the series a tiny inkling of continuity.
Why it Might Be Bad: Where do we start? Visuals aside, every single one of the Transformers movies has been panned by everyone who’s not 8 years old – this one is said to be the worst one yet. Our favourite summation of the film has to be Alonso Duralde’s review in TheWarp:
“Fear not, fans of the franchise: if you’re here for the director’s trademark chaos editing (where fights go from points A to D to Q), toxic masculinity (and female objectification), comedy scenes rendered tragic (and vice versa), and general full-volume confusion, you’ll get all those things in abundance.”
That’s about the skinny of it. 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.