Welcome movie lovers, to another week Cairo cinemas. This week you’re in for quite a treat with a number of films to satisfy all your different cravings. A whole bunch of your favourite stars collaborate to bring the comedy that is Tag, and for fans of action thrillers, tune in to the prequel of The Purge series, The First Purge. If you’re a fan of classic action stars, you’ll get to see the sequel to Escape Plan starring Sylvester Stallone, and of course, yet another addition to the MCU with Ant-Man and the Wasp. So, let’s get into it.
What’s it about? Tag is, as its name implies, a movie about a bunch of friends playing Tag, but the twist is that they’re fully grown adults, and the double twist is that it is based on a true story. The small group of former classmates take the game of Tag to ridiculous levels, and it’s surely going to be a lot of fun.
The good: Well, isn’t it obvious? You get to see Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, and Hannibal Buress all together in the same movie! While the plot does sound ridiculous, this could be exactly what makes the movie a fun and thoroughly enjoyable ride.
The bad: Director Jeff Tomsic has had a long history in comedy, but mostly through TV series or TV films. It will be interesting to see how he can direct the screenplay without making it silly.
What’s it about? The Purge series is about some time in the not so distant future, in which the American government decides to assign one day per year where all crimes are legal. They believe this will cleanse the souls of the American people and will lead to a decreased level of overall crime, and hence, an enhanced economy. The First Purge comes as a prequel to the series, and depicts the events leading up to the very first purge.
The good: The Purge series has been hugely successful in its three installments. While they tackle the same concept from different perspectives, the cast is not kept entirely the same. This keeps people invested in the idea, but not bored of the same old story.
The bad: Audiences wonder how many times can one tackle the same idea from different perspectives? Star power is also not a huge positive here.
What’s it about? This is the sequel to the Ant-Man movie and another addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ant-Man and the Wasp follows the story of Scott Lang (Ant-Man) as he’s joined by the Wasp in a new mission.
The good: The first Ant-Man movie was a huge success thanks to Paul Rudd’s enjoyable depiction of the fun-sized superhero, and the great chemistry he had with Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly.
The bad: If you haven’t watched the first Ant-Man movie, or actually, if you’ve not religiously followed the MCU, you’ll feel somewhat lost watching this one. It can also get a bit boring to watch movie after movie all in the same universe, so it’s definitely not for everyone. Finally, the filmmakers will have huge difficulty following up the epic Avengers: Infinity War, and will need to bring out something special.
What’s it about? This is the sequel to Escape Plan which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger alongside Sylvester Stallone. Unlike the first film, Stallone stars with Dave Bautista, 50 Cent, and Xiaoming Huang. The movie follows Stallone, the escape artist, who’s forced to return to the inescapable prison of the first movie to save one of his team members.
The good: Fans of Stallone will love this one, Escape Plan was well-received, and this one shouldn’t be an exception. If you like these types of movies, you’ll be thoroughly entertained.
The bad: While Stallone has been a huge success at the prime of his youth, most of his recent movies were a miss. For example, The Expendables sequel was fun at the beginning, but quickly became boring and repetitive. This film may have the same fate.
To find out where and when you can catch these films, check out the Cairo 360 Cinema Guide.