Nick Morton is a soldier of fortune who plunders ancient sites for timeless artifacts and sells them to the highest bidder. When Nick and his partner come under attack in the Middle East, the ensuing battle accidentally unearths Ahmanet, a betrayed Egyptian princess who was entombed under the desert for thousands of years. With her powers constantly evolving, Morton must now stop the resurrected monster as she embarks on a furious rampage through the streets of London. – Universal Pictures/Dark Universe
Tom Cruise is back and he is running about, like usual. Like Tom Cruise The Mummy is also back and this time she is a girl. The Mummy is the latest remake of a remake and is also the second attempt at kicking off a Universal’s Monsters universe. As a child I loved the Brendan Fraser Mummy movies, they have a special spot in my heart. When I heard of this remake I was sad there would not be any Brendan Fraser but the addition of Tom Cruise had peaked my interest. After seeing the first trailer for this film I was pretty excited for it. Needless to say I was very much looking forward to seeing this movie.
The Mummy was directed by Alex Kurtzman and written by like six people and it certainly shows. This movie is all over the place tonally, jumping between action, horror, comedy and drama. If you have read any of my previous reviews I am a big fan of mixing genres when it is done well. Unfortunately it is not done well in The Mummy. In a standalone sense all the genres work well but together not so much. There are laughs, jump scares and some really pretty action set pieces.
This a really good looking movie. The CGI is solid. The sets look good. The camera work is also quite good. Everything is good about this movie except the story. The story isn’t really that bad either it is just bland, nothing new or different. The story is interesting its just not executed in the best way.
On the bright side the acting was really good for the most part. Sofia Boutella was the Mummy and she was actually quite scary. In a better movie she would have been awesome. Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde was casting the got me excited from the beginning. I generally enjoy Crowe and he didn’t disappoint. I’m looking forward to seeing more of him as Jekyll/Hyde. Tom Cruise was Tom Cruise (Nick Morton) as always. He runs from stuff and he can make a bad movie watchable. Seriously I think he is a real good actor. He definitely makes the movie better. Jake Johnson is Vail and he is basically Tom Cruise’s sidekick. I’ve been a fan of him since New Girl, I think he is really funny and it makes me very happy seeing him in bigger movies. Annabelle Wallis is Jenny and she plays the damsel in distress. She is really pretty and probably a good actress but most of her dialogue consisted of her yelling “Nick” a bunch. Overall the acting was better than the film itself and made the film much more watchable. The actors tried there best it just wasn’t a great script.
I still enjoyed watching this movie. I definitely like the Fraser ones better. While this movie was underwhelming most of the time, I am still looking to future of the Dark Universe. At sometimes this movie felt a bit like Amazing Spider-Man 2 trying to set stuff up for the future. Overall I enjoyed The Mummy and it’s definitely better than Pirates of the Caribbean.
I give The Mummy a 6.8 out of 10, would probably watch again on cable or if there was like an extended cut.