Movie Review – The Mummy

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Movie Review – The Mummy
  • Director – Alex Kurtzman
  • Writer – David Koepp, Christopher McQuarrie, and Dylan Kussman
  • Cast – Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance, and others

Universal Pictures’ The Mummy is a reboot of the titular movie monster, this time around introducing the Egyptian princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella). As the only child of the Egyptian pharaoh, Ahmanet was destined to rule – until her father’s wife gave birth to a son, and Ahmanet’s destiny was taken from her. She makes a deal with the Egyptian god of death, Set, allowing evil into herself and ultimately landing her mummified.

In modern times, The Mummy follows army reconnaissance sergeant Nick Morton (Tom Cruise), who makes extra money on the side with his best friend and partner Chris Vail (Jake Johnson) by hunting treasure and selling it on the black market. When one of their missions goes awry, they accidentally uncover the ancient tomb of Ahmanet. When Nick sets off a series of events that frees Ahmanet from the prison to which she was confined, tragedy begins to befall everyone around him. Meanwhile, Ahmanet seeks to complete the ritual that would fulfill her deal with Set, but Nick has become wrapped up in her plans. Making matters more complicated is the entry of Prodigium, a group for which anthropologist Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis) is employed that’s led by Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe) and is dedicated to discovering and defeating evil. Ultimately, it’s up to Nick to figure out how to defeat Ahmanet and protect those he cares about.

The Mummy looks grandiose and feels large. The set design and the way those sets feature in the cinematography give the film a sense of sizable scale. Among the film’s other visual triumphs are the creatures, which are gruesome. The Mummy is at its best when it’s a horror film. Unfortunately, for all the good in The Mummy, it’s hampered by a lack of balance. The movie progresses at a ferocious pace, meaning you’re never able to settle into the film. It’s first set-piece: a devastating attack on an airplane that has been in all of the trailers, is not gripping enough. While it is quite a feat, there’s just no build to the sequence – its most impressive element, which sees Cruise and Wallis struggling in zero-gravity, is both poorly captured and immediately glossed over. Things quickly nosedive from there, as the film tries to juggle too many balls. It also doesn’t help matters that the trailers for The Mummy have basically shown off all of its main action sequences.

Tom Cruise is left floundering, Jake Johnson is completely wasted, and Russell Crowe’s involvement feels pointless. Only Annabelle Wallis and Sofia Boutella come out of the proceedings a step up.

It’s not the best Hollywood has to offer this summer, nor the most compelling reboot of The Mummy.

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