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An Honest Spoiler Free Review: Mousa and the Start of a Sci-Fi Egyptian Cinematic Experience

An Honest Spoiler Free Review: Mousa and the Start of a Sci-Fi Egyptian Cinematic Experience

Mousa is undoubtedly one of the most intriguing films of recent times since it is Egypt’s first robotic film. Some of the Cinema’s greatest personalities appear in the movie. The cast includes Kareem Mahmoud Abdelaziz, Eyad Nassar, Asmaa AbulYazid, Sarah Elshamy, and others.

We had the privilege of being among the first to view it at the premiere. We were excited to see the movie since the start, and the fans and media were all over the place.

We were ecstatic, and dare we say, proud to be among the first to see the first Egyptian robotic film released. And after years of viewing the same kind of Egyptian films, filmmaker Peter Mimi allowed us to discover a new genre in Egypt that will usher in a new age in the Middle East!

So, when it came to writing this review, we had great hopes for the movie Mousa. We were looking for something absolutely spectacular.

Were we let down, or was the film genuinely fantastic? We’ll tell you. But first, let’s take a look at the bigger picture.

About The Film Mousa: 

Directed and written by Peter Mimi, an engineering college student invents the first of its kind robot in the Middle East to avenge his father’s death and achieve justice, which gets him pursued by the authorities. 

An Honest Spoiler Free Review: Mousa and the Start of a Sci-Fi Egyptian Cinematic Expereince

Yes, there are many tragic scenes in it, and it is unquestionably action-packed. It is, however, more about ‘Individual’s’ trauma. Yahya’s (Kareem Mahmoud Abdelaziz) tale is told in the film.

The Fictional Universe and the Series following it:

One of our favorite aspects of Mousa is how they took the time to cover the entire tale to create a complete picture. In addition, the movie managed to collect all of the important details that need to be included to portray a different film.

Also, the connection between the 2 movies, Mousa and El-Haram el-Rabe, was the highlight and confirmed the film series happening under the same fictional universe.

El-Haram el-Rabe
El-Haram el-Rabe

Without giving out any spoilers, Peter Mimi, in his interview with Mona ElShazli, revealed that the last scene in Mousa would introduce us to the next part of the series, and boy did he deliver!

Yeah, we were all skeptical when we heard Mimi say that, but watching Mousa made us think that he might pull this one-off. But realistically speaking, it’s not a Marvel or a Hollywood movie. So as long as you set the right expectations, you might enjoy it.

Cast choice, the characters, and the acting in Mousa :

We’ll start by saying that while the movie is all about CGI, the acting was still the best part about it. The film’s cast was well chosen and spectacular, which added so much to the movie and took it to another world!

Although they all depicted a tragic character who is full of revenge and anger, each one gave his role his own unique touch.

An Honest Spoiler Free Review: Mousa and the Start of a Sci-Fi Egyptian Cinematic Experience

Starting with Kareem Abdelaziz who took his own role to another place with his emotions and very professional acting. Kareem Abdelaziz took us all into his world of revenge and make us worry about him the whole movie, which was insane. We think that this is definitely his finest role to date, and it will place him in a whole new direction and make him a force to be reckoned with.

An Honest Spoiler Free Review: Mousa and the Start of a Sci-Fi Egyptian Cinematic Experience

Moving forward to Asmaa AbulYazid, her role was new and different and she did it outstandingly, which took the whole role brilliantly! So make sure you expect a new fresh character from Asmaa that wasn’t done before!

An Honest Spoiler Free Review: Mousa and the Start of a Sci-Fi Egyptian Cinematic Experience

We always expect an outstanding performance from Eyad Nassar and he never disappoints us! The investigator’s character fits Eyad Nassar so well that I forgot we’re watching a movie and this is the reality! The moves, the looks, and the acting, in general, were out of this world! 

An Honest Spoiler Free Review: Mousa and the Start of a Sci-Fi Egyptian Cinematic Experience

Sarah Elshamy did a superb job in her own role and managed to take us into an emotional roller coaster with her performance, which added a lot to the movie!

Mohamed Gomaa did the role in the perfect way it needs and managed to make us all hate him from the very first second! The villain role was written for him and he didn’t disappoint us at all.

And of course, Salah Abdallah, though his role was short, still left a major impact.

And coming to the most important character of the movie, which is the robot, Mousa. The film revolves around a fictional world, where the first robot is invented in the Middle East. The robot is the main hero during the event. It relies heavily on graphics and science fiction, which was done perfectly and professionally and will take the Egyptian movie industry to another place!

The variety of the personalities and their presentation is what we enjoyed best about them. And the fact that we got to witness the many colors of people who went through various experiences and shaped their personality in that way.

The Soundtrack:

The soundtracks were outstanding, with each song perfectly complementing its scenario and being new and fresh to match the film’s age. The movie also had a kick to live with and experience because of the variety of music and soundtracks.

It slightly reminded us of Suicide Squad, where the soundtrack played a major role in the movie. For some it could be great, while others might find it annoying.

The Sequence of Mousa:

This is the part where we might be too critical about the movie…

The movie highly depends on flashbacks shown while the “current” events of the film are happening. So, sadly, it becomes a bit sloppy at parts.

For gamers, think of it like when you’re playing a video game, and you keep getting cinematic cutscenes in between. But instead of the game being long, and you know when to expect them, the movie is short and the cutscenes just keep poping up.

We truly believe that if the movie was made chronoglogically, it would have been much better.

With that said, the ending was pretty intense, to say the least.

The way the movie ended was tragic, exciting, and managed to catch everyone’s attention in the hall and make them concentrate to the very last minute and get emotional with each scene! 

Final Verdict:

Overall, the movie is a new expereince for the Egyptian film industry. Being the first robotic movie in Egypt and all that. Having this movie as a start to a new genre here in Egypt with all of this effort will give the industry the chance to shine outstandingly and give Egypt the chance to get wider in its genres.

Does it has it’s flaws? Sure. But will it be the start of something amazing? We do think so!

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