The Mummy (2017) Review

Director: Alex Kurtzman

Starring: Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Russell Crowe, Jake Johnson

Rating: PG-13

Plot:

Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension. From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.

Plot from Rotten Tomatoes

What The Film Did Well:

The biggest thing that The Mummy does well is it is an action packed and fun adventure for a movie. It sets a tone from almost the first scene and continues with an upbeat tempo until the credits role. The Mummy is not going to win any awards and is not a great movie by any means, but it is a fun watch. A lot of times when watching this movie, it felt like it had the speed and pacing of a Mission Impossible movie, which makes a lot of sense since both Tom Cruise and director Alex Kurtzman was a writer on the third installment of that franchise.

Another thing that this movie does well, or at least something that should be noted before going in is that it is a typical Tom Cruise movie. To some who hear that it will turn them away, which I completely get. Tom Cruise has a very specific style when it comes to his movies and this is no different, he is not going to surprise you with his performance here. To others that will draw them in or have them remain neutral about it for the same reason, you basically know what you’re going to get with Tom Cruise. Typically, you will get an action filled two hours or so of a movie which can be very appealing to audiences.

The part of The Mummy that stood out the most to me was: the mummy. I know that sounds ridiculous and some of you might wonder what I am talking about, but the character of Ahmanet played by Sofia Boutella was the best part of the movie. Ahmanet is the main antagonist in this movie and was also the most developed character in the entire movie, by far. It wasn’t done by superb acting, but the back story that was developed for her and how they continuously built this character throughout the movie really had me excited about her.

What caught my eye (or ear) would have to be the score. The music for The Mummy was done by Brian Tyler (Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Fast Five, Furious 7). I felt that his composition of music really helped bring the entire movie together. At certain parts in the movie it almost sounded like it had themes from The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises and helped get the audience even more invested in the movie.

What The Film Didn’t Do Well:

Even though The Mummy has some positive takeaways and is an overall fun movie, it has some flaws that really take you out of the movie for large chunks at a time. The biggest flaw of The Mummy has got to be its identity. This movie struggles in showing what the audience what it really is and struggles with this until the very end. Like I mentioned before it has nonstop action, but it shouldn’t be considered an action and adventure movie. It doesn’t have the same tone as classic movies from that genre like an Indiana Jones movie, for example. It seems to be missing a type of charisma in order to be a witty action and adventure movie. At the same time, this is not a horror or thriller movie. This does not keep it from trying though. Throughout the movie there are some minor jump scares that revolve around Ahmanet and I will admit, a few of them did get me. With both of these themes in the movie, it also tries to be comedic in some parts. It adds some one liners and potentially funny scenarios, but in every case of it trying to add humor it seems out of place, bland and honestly just not funny. It tries to be witty throughout the movie, but these characters are not witty in any sense of the word.

Another negative of this movie happens a little over two thirds of the way through the movie. In a specific sequence, it adds a brand-new antagonist seemingly out of nowhere. This took me out of the movie for a good fifteen to twenty minutes. It was unnecessary to the development of the story and felt like they were trying to add a twist that wasn’t really that big of a twist and had me questioning why it was in there at all.

The last negative, and it is more of an analyzation is: where does the Dark Universe go from here? In theory, I think the Dark Universe can work, but they have a lot to figure out. Universal needs to find out what tone they will be approaching this new cinematic universe with. I would be in favor of a much darker tone and want them to try and make these movies into horror thriller. These movies are supposed to be based on monsters, so it only makes sense that they would want to make them more on the scary side, but we will see. I also am curious how these Dark Universe movies will tie together, if they will at all; it would be fun to see all the movies and characters connect but is a tall order.

 

Final Thoughts

The Mummy falls flat in a lot of ways. It is a 6/10 type of movie. It struggles greatly in so many different way, but is still fun for the audience. It is not a movie that will stick in my mind very long though. It’s not necessarily a remake of the movie by the same name from 1999, but it sure does copy so many things from that version. I would have liked it to be its own story and be original like the 1999 version, but it fails to do that. For the Dark Universe to be a success, they need to figure out a few things including direction of these movies and overall tone of the stories they wish to tell. If they can figure that out, the potential for this new cinematic universe is very high.

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