Appreciate Individual Scenes, Not Whole Movies
The? Wichita Eagle described both Triple 9 and Gods of Egypt as incoherent and confusing, so I decided to try appreciating them for their individual scenes without concerning myself with whether they made sense as whole movies; this is the way I suspect we are supposed to appreciate a lot of movies these days. Triple 9 defeated me on all grounds, but I don't understand the objections to Gods of Egypt.
On the basis of my admittedly inadequate sampling of two people after Triple 9, I will say that one of them said he understood it sort of "so-so," and the other joined me and the Eagle in making no sense of it at all. The reviewer, in fact, had caught more of a central plot than I could detect. All I saw was the customary mess of crooked cops, crooked government agents, and professional criminals shooting at each other and chasing each other in cars and changing sides and betraying everybody until there was almost nobody left alive at the end, with no detectable acting and very muddled editing that left all the action sequences except maybe two or three a jumbled mess.
But Gods of Egypt was just another quest movie, based, I suspect, on the religious legends of Egypt, and other peoples' religious legends always seem irrational. And quest movies are usually just a series of independent adventures as the hero travels from hither to yon in quest of a ring or a stone or something with supernatural powers, much to the joy of set designers and special-effects departments, which do their jobs very well in this case.
The transformations of people into monsters may lack detail, and the monsters themselves are suitably traditional, but the effects themselves are well done, the action is continual, the acting is minimal, and in general we have a better-than-average movie of this type.