The Mummy (2017)
Starring: Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Russell Crowe, Jake Johnson
Directed by: Alex Kurtzman
Written by: David Koepp, Christopher McQuarrie, Dylan Kussman
Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 1 hr 50 min.
On this trip to the movies I was joined by my friend, Rosaline. Both of us set our expectations low going into this film, based on the critical reception it had received.
The Mummy, in my estimation, was trying to play Whac-A-Mole with a whole catalog of movie genres. Zombie flick, horror film, action comedy, superhero origin story, the list goes on. It figuratively and literally has Tom Cruise bounce around from one set to another, while never once giving his character a credible motivation for the actions he takes. He’s simply led around by the other lead characters in the story so that we can have everything in this new “Dark Universe” explained to us.
The story tries to play him off as some kind of diamond in the rough, but never manages to pull that off, which leaves the closing moments of the film a vapid mess. Seriously, I was rooting for the villain. She (Sofia Boutella) was at least interesting and certainly looked every bit the vengeful Egyptian queen and force to be reckoned with. I honestly wanted her character to fulfill her destiny because that would have been more entertaining.
The Mummy, it seems, is more interested in setting up and teasing this new Dark Universe, and doesn’t bother explaining why Nick (Tom Cruise) is so important to it. The script gives Annabelle Wallis the thankless role of “Cruise love interest” but doesn’t generate any chemistry between the couple. Russell Crowe is somewhat entertaining as Dr. Henry Jekyll, but his moments always felt shoehorned into the production to service the larger franchise goals.
The Mummy isn’t so much a movie, as it is a trailer for the Dark Universe, and from what I’ve seen so far, I’m out.
Set your expectations low for this one. It’s loud and doesn’t make a lot of sense. The attempts at humor don’t work, and a lot of the action is badly edited and poorly shot.
I was impressed with the scene that has our heroes plummet to their deaths in a plane. It looks like they spent quite a bit of time in the ‘Vomit Comet,’ to get that bit looking as good as it does.