The Mummy is the latest attempt at rebooting the franchise that originated in the 1930s. When an Egyptian princess is accidentally released from an ancient prison, evil dormant over millennia is also released along with her to rule the new world. Read my review…
The Mummy is the first movie that Universal Studios hope will start off their Dark Universe franchise (they failed with 2014’s Dracula Untold). If you aren’t aware, Dark Universe is set to include the classic Universal Monsters from the 1920-1950 era and have already announced some big-name casting. Aside from Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyll and Sofia Boutella as The Mummy, Universal has also announced Johnny Depp as The Invisible Man and Javier Bardem as Frankenstein’s Monster.
On to this movie then. Let me start with the positives. Tom Cruise is his usual charming self. I just enjoy watching his work because you know he always gives it 110%. Talking about performances, Jake Johnson is quite good too and the chemistry between Tom Cruise’s Nick and Jake Johnson’s Chris is fun to watch. To bring a name like Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyll is an absolute master stroke. I really liked the subtle dynamic between Jekyll and Hyde. Sofia Boutella is great as the mummy; she shows incredible physical presence like she did in Kingsman.
My problems with this movie all boil down to scripting issues. Firstly, it took way too long for the story to actually get to the point in the first place. The script spends too much time trying to build up the extended Dark Universe and forgets about the movie at hand at times. I also didn’t buy the romance between Annabelle Wallis’s Jenny and Nick. Aside from a few lines of dialogues, we don’t see anything that would explain these two characters starting to fall for each other over the course of a couple of days. I’m not saying that its impossible for that to happen; I’m just saying that we didn’t see anything to show why it would happen in this case. The end of the movie is quite underwhelming and quite confusing.
Overall, there is some entertainment factor in watching these talented people on screen and their interactions with each other. It is a bit of dumb popcorn flick and it falls apart when you start picking at it a little bit. Despite me not liking The Mummy all that much, there is enough here that I am still looking forward to where we go within the Dark Universe.
My Score: 2.5/5