Let’s not pretend that bringing together a plethora of Universal monsters is a new idea or something that Hollywood would never do back in the “good old days.” During the 1940s, there was Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943), House of Frankenstein (1944), and House of Dracula (1945), all of which brought together two or more of the studios famous monsters. So this has been done before. I would say only Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man was any good (and what shines in that film isn’t even the “meet” section of it), but it’s an idea that could work today under the right hands. If The Mummy remake is any indication, this new shared universe (recently dubbed Dark Universe) franchise is not in good hands in the slightest. Continue reading →
Story: A secret society called the Templars rescues a suspected murderer (Callum, played by Michael Fassbender) from execution. The Templars are searching for the Apple. It contains the genetic code of freewill, and the Templars hope to use it to rid the world of evil. Callum is the descendant of Aguilar (also Fassbender), a member of the Assassins during the Spanish Inquisition. Through a devise called the Animus, Alan Rikkin (the head of the Templars played by Jeremy “I’m way too good for this movie” Irons) and his daughter and lead scientist (played by Marion “I won an Oscar now look at me” Cotillard) want Callum to relive the genetic memories of his ancestor, who knew of the eventual whereabouts of the Apple. But there may be more to what’s going on than meets the eye, and the other Assassin descendants, who are being used by the Templars, warn the morally questionable Callum against what he’s doing. Continue reading →
Story: The Guardians of the Galaxy (played by Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Baustista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper) are on the run from a race of gold-skinned, uptight aliens; the Ravagers, led by the blue-skinned Yondu (Michael Rooker); and Gamora’s vengeful sister, Nebula (Karen Gillan). They bump into Peter’s long lost father, a powerful celestial being known as Ego (Kurt Russel). With Ego is his assistant Mantis, a childlike empath played by Pom Klementieff. Ego wants Peter (the leader of the Guardians, played by Pratt) to join him on the planet he created to help accomplish the immortal Ego’s life purpose, but Peter and Gamora (Saldana) are suspicious of Ego’s intentions.