The Mummy

The Mummy

The Mummy

2017.  Directed By Alex Kurtzman.

By Brian Wallinger 

This 2017 remake is an expensive bust and it makes me wonder how studios now will proceed given that the "Dark Universe" has been opened.

Tom Cruise plays his character like a poor man's Indiana Jones except he doesn't even have a hat, whip, or a gun. In fact his character doesn't do much at all except be forced into the conflict of unleashing a mummy played by Sofia Boutella whom I felt was a totally wasted opportunity.   She plays the part as well as possible, but The Mummy's lack of creativity and shallow story are too much to overcome. Russell Crowe's subplot is the only mildly positive quality of the entire film. He played his character well despite the inherent silliness of it. I also found the Jake Johnson as side plot to be unnecessary and a rip off of An American Werewolf In London.

The film begins with an opening sequence much like the previous 1999 hit film (except without the enthusiastic intrigue). Then in a typical cliche fashion the mummy unleashes hell on earth and becomes attracted to Tom Cruise somehow in between all of the unleashing.  I never thought I'd see the day where I found myself saying "Brendan Frasier's films were better". I personally was somewhat optimistic about it and to no surprise it ends up becoming a beyond forgivable, clunky mess.

The Mummy is an uninspired rehash in a scheme to compete with Marvel and fails miserably the first time out of the gate. This is a film that tries to become many different things at once and it never succeeds.

 

 

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