The Mummy is the starting point for Universal’s “Dark Universe” franchise, their attempt to remake all of the classic movie monster movies from the 1930s and 40s. Directed by Alex Kurtzman and starring Tom Cruise the film introduces the ancient egyptian Princess Ahmanet portrayed by Sofia Boutella. Princess Ahmanet murders her father and his newborn son, then attempts to resurrect an Egyptian God known as Set which is compared to the devil. Thousands of years later our hero Nick Morton accidentally finds Ahmanets tomb and when he frees her from her so called prison he becomes her “chosen one” to be used to resurrect Set. We then follow Nick Morton as he tries to escape Ahmanets wrath and ultimately fights against her in this cross genre horror action adventure movie.
This movie is currently sitting at a 16% on Rotten Tomatoes and has attracted an insane amount of criticism online. There is no way that this film deserves that poor of a score or most of its criticism. Does the movie have problems? Sure. But for the most part The Mummy is a suitable monster movie and a more than adequate start to the universe. Alex Kurtzman does an excellent job in setting up the world that this “Dark Universe” will take place. Russell Crowe is great as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde the leader of the Prodigium organization that seems to be the connecting element between the shared universe. Tom Cruise’s character is a little more goofy than I expected but it wasn’t completely off putting. The humor in the film works well in my opinion and blends nicely with more darker elements of the movie. And there are definitely horror elements in this movie. Sofia Boutella puts in a truly great performance and looks completely badass, while being both sexy and scary at the same time. I was genuinely impressed with the look of the title character, it was a beautiful creature design and wildly different from anything we’ve seen before. I might even go as far to say, that this is the most visually stunning version of the mummy character we have ever seen.
Are there things that annoy me in this film? Of course, I love the Universal Monster movies and I also am a big fan of Brenden Fraiser remakes so the property is near and dear to my heart. I didn’t particularly care for all of the interactions with Nick Morton and the deceased Jake Johnson. It had to be meant as an homage to “An American Werewolf in London” but it didn’t seem to fit the story and took me out of the movie at times. I also think Annabelle Wallis, Tom Cruise’s love interest, was incredibly awkward at times. The ending was also particularly odd and somewhat disappointing. The final showdown between Nick Morton and Princess Ahmanet felt a little anti climactic, especially since his confrontation with Mr. Hyde earlier in the film was so well done. There’s things that happen at the very end of this film that are meant to set up the upcoming films but we are left with cliff hanger of sorts and rather confused as to what situation our main character is in. The Mummy is far from perfect and it is certainly not the greatest mummy movie ever made but it is not the worst either.
Bottom line The Mummy does its job and gets me excited for the upcoming shared universe and I simply do not understand the negative reaction its release. Monster fans should be more forgiving and be happy we are potentially going to get reboots of some of our favorite movies.
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