Not a remake of the Brendan Fraser franchise, The Mummy is a movie which has lost its way. I’m giving it a C.
Nick Morton (played by Tom Cruise) and Chris Vail (played by Jack Johnson) are soldiers who are thieves, stealing antiquities in order to become rich. In Iraq, they uncover a hidden prison of an evil woman who thought to bring the God of the Dead back to life. Ahmenet (played by Sophia Boutella) made a deal with the devil and killed her father, his wife and new baby but is captured before freeing the evil god.
Tom Cruise is a mix of his Jack Reacher character and his Risky Business character. He seems to not take the whole thing seriously unless it involves fighting. Jack Johnson plays the comedic relief in this movie as he serves as a spy relaying information to Cruise’s character and snarky comments at his buddy’s ego.
Russel Crowe is strangely interesting as Dr. Henry Jekyll who has a small problem and needs to take medicine for it. Without a conscience, he is willing to kill Ahmenent and Cruise to study them. Evil lurks in the heart of man. We know we will see more of him.
The Mummy isn’t the Brendan Fraser movie. It doesn’t fit with that storyline at all but is a remake of the original Boris Karloff’s Mummy movie with modern day twists (such as the gender switch because of the ending of X-Men Apocalypse). As the first movie of Universal’s new Dark Universe series with remakes of The Mummy, Bride of Frankenstein, and the Invisible Man. With Javier Bardem and Johnny Depp in those remakes, I’m intrigued even with the mess of this movie.
The biggest drawback to this movie was the lack of real story. The movie didn’t seem to know what it was… action, horror, monster movie, romance. Calling it The Mummy pulls viewers away. This movie is more along the lines of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen than Mummy. Although at times, it felt like so many other movies like Mission Impossible to Suicide Squad. Maybe Universal should re-think its need to “remake” movies and concentrate on developing new content.
Wait for this one on pay per view and only if you are fans of Tom Cruise. Otherwise, wait and see what The Dark Universe brings…hopefully some better movies.
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