Popcorn Addict: The Mummy
When I saw the airplane scene of the initial trailer, I thought we had a new Mission Impossible!
When it flipped to The Mummy, I thought we’d see Brendan Frasier.
We had none of that.
The Mummy (directed by Alex Kurtzman; Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness) centers around solider Nick Norton (Tom Cruise) and his team finding the ancient tomb of Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella; Star Trek Beyond), a cutthroat (pun intended) Egyptian Princess. An archaeologist (Annabelle Wallis; Pan Am, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword) in their group decides to do some exploring and messing around with the tomb (and more Columbusing), and, of course, Princess Ahmanet is resurrected and begins to wreak havoc.
One of the biggest downfalls is this movie is the runtime. The movie is only 110 minutes, which is quite short by today’s standards. There were areas of the film that could have benefitted from character development or enhanced the storyline. Russell Crowe’s character made me raise a curious eyebrow, but nothing quite developed. The short runtime contributed to much of the confusion surrounding the narrative. The ending was quite abrupt. Overall, the plot was too brief and convoluted.
The acting was adequate in the movie, as it had a solid cast. Tom Cruise, Tom Cruised it (yup, I used Tom Cruise as a noun and adjective). Unfortunately, the cast could not flex their chops given the script. I LOVE Jake Johnson from New Girl, but he was poorly used in this film. Him and Tom Cruise played off of each other well for the first 15 minutes, but afterwards...they didn’t know what to do with him. Aside from getting a quick paycheck, I do not know why they needed critically acclaimed/award-winning Courtney B. Vance in such a small role. Russell Crowe's character was interesting, but we did not see enough of him.
Additionally, I saw the film in IMAX 3D and Chantee saw the 2D version. Again, I’m not the biggest fan of 3D because it is often poorly executed. This film was another example. Many films go big on the 3D in the first 30 minutes to get the audience to “ohh” and “ahh,” then they forget about it! So much could have been done in 3D with The Mummy and her powers, but the graphics fell flat. Sigh.
After the screener, we were reminded that this film is a part of the Universal Monsters or Universal Dark Universe franchise (see article here). I'm really excited about this universe! However, while this was not a good start to the Dark Universe, I believe Universal can bounce back. Hopefully, Russell Crowe can return and we receive an origin story for his character.
In sum: meh! The film is currently hovering around a 20% on Rotten Tomatoes. I would skip this film and go see Wonder Woman (again). Hopefully the rest of Universal Monsters/Dark Universe will be great because conceptually, it seems exciting; however, this was not a great entry into that franchise.