Tom Cruise helms this re-imagining of a movie monster classic; The Mummy, in an action packed, visual ‘feast for the eyes’ Hollywood movie, complete with insane stunts and underdeveloped characters. Mummy proves that audiences will see through the flashy effects and attractive cast, with rather rotten reviews pointing fingers at Cruise’s over bearing and controlling attitude on set.
Directed by Alex Kurtzman (or Tom Cruise? Who knows…) and starring Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Russel Crowe and Sofia Boutella as antagonist Ahmanet, this ‘switch your brain off’ film does not deserve the incredibly distasteful negative reviews coming out of the woodwork. While the acting at times from Crowe and Wallis seems tired and unbelievable, Boutella shines as evil mummified.
The story clumsily follows grave robber Nick Morton (and unimportantly Sgt. Vail, the goofy sidekick) and his remarkable discovery of an ancient Egyptian secret, kept hidden from the modern world. Enter Crowe and Wallis, (historians? Scientists? Who knows…) and their interest in Morton’s discovery which sends the team along a cursed path.
The Mummy serves purely as an introduction to Universal’s Dark Universe series, an in that, it served its purpose. Look closely and some teasers are evident, achieved well with Crowe’s portrayal of Dr. Henry Jekyll, which in turn may
excite intrigue audiences for further instalments. Although the film produces some hits in stunts and visual effects, it misses in story and heart. The Mummy awkwardly stumbles along from one plot point to another, not really making any headway until the last 20 minutes where it all sorts of falls together in a large messy heap.
Looking back, the film is generally unmemorable, with a rather mundane and surface-y story line, there is a huge lack of movie monster magic. The 1999 classic, while not the most amazing flick out there, still presented audiences with fun action packed adventure, high stakes romance and Brendan Fraser’s classic witty attitude. Comparatively, this film tried its best to be terrifying, leaving the other important aspects of the film to lie by the wayside, beaten and neglected.
While not an exhausting experience to watch, there is not much to say about Universal’s introduction to their new project other than, wait till it’s on Netflix.