October 16 / 17
It’s been awhile since I’ve been to a movie. There are some films that I need to catch up with. One film, in particular, is The Mummy, yeah the one with Tom Cruise. Let me say that it wasn’t too bad, but the film could’ve done a whole lot better.
Nick Morton (Tom Cruise), a US Army Sergeant, and Corporal Chris Vail (Jake Johnson) are in present-day Iraq when they discover a large tomb, which holds Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella). Ahmanet or Princess Ahmanet was in line to succeed her father, Menehptre. That is until his wife gave birth to a son, meaning Ahmanet’s chances of taking the throne were very slim. In order to take back the throne, she summons Set god of death. He agrees to help her if she transfers his spirit into a corporal form, using a mystical dagger, but Ahmanet was caught and condemned to be mummified for all eternity. Jennifer Halsey (Annabelle Wallis) an archaeologist, investigates the tomb….we all know where this goes.
Let me just say the movie is a plain mess. Director Alex Kurtzman did all he could with this not so great remake. First off, the story has a lot of holes. It looks like the screenwriters ran out of excuses or ideas to really make the story stick. Then there is Tom Cruise….why? Why have Cruise in this film? It would’ve been better if someone else took the lead. He’s just there to collect his pay and do whatever he can with this monster mashup. Then you have Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll. It really doesn’t gel with me as to why Jekyll is a part of this. Is Universal planning on filming his story? As for Annabelle Wallis, I would expect her character to be a bit more interesting, but that’s not the case here. She’s just another pretty face to fill in.
The Mummy is not a bore…no not far from it. Sofia Boutella is a stand-out as Ahmanet. She brings a lot of charisma to the screen than Cruise. With her dancing background, Boutella just knows what to do with this character and it shows. Forget Cruise, Crowe, and Wallis, this fascinating lady is the one to watch.
The film is a startup to Universal’s Dark Universe, but so far it’s taken a bit of hit. Like I said, the film is not a total bore. It checks the boxes for action and a little bit of comedy in between. It just needed more of a well-crafted story.
The Mummy: D
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