Release Date: June 9, 2017
Run Time: 1 hours 50 minutes
After Credit Scene: NO
IMAX Viewing: NO
3D Viewing: NO
Reviewer: Wayne Demers
The Dope Sheet Score: 6.5 out of 10
A Non-Spoiler Review
The Mummy wastes no time before jumping into the action. Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) and his partner Chris Vail (Jake Johnson) are antiquities opportunists in search to make some quick money. They fall upon a crypt and they are in way over their head. Introduce Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis) who’s life work has been to have a major archaeological find such as this and has an idea of who they have found. Its a rush to bring this find to England for further investigation with her employer.
What works: The special effects are great. Zombie like creatures and the cursed are very well done. The story is fast paced and you have to keep up with who is who and where we are going. Tom Cruise and Jake Johnson are fun to watch as the pair is the comedic relief in the film. The chemistry between Cruise and Wallis works very well. Russell Crowe plays Mr. Henry Jekyll, who moves the plot along without any surprises. The mummy, Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella), is the most beautiful mummy I’ve ever seen on screen and I enjoyed her performance. The comedy in the film was good (think American Werewolf in London) and wish there had a bit more.
What doesn’t work: The pace of the film is fast, maybe too fast because the viewer isn’t really sure why there is such a rush to get this find in the air so soon. Although the film is action packed, it does plateau in spots which caused me to lose interest. Action! You just pulled me back in because now we’re watching more action. In the final act of the film, the action peaks but it felt a bit anticlimactic because the film sets you up for another monster film.
The movie is more of a primer for future monster movies known as the ‘Dark Universe.’ I enjoyed the story, I enjoyed the performances, but there is something that makes you feel like you watched a movie that was just ‘meh.’ With all the action and direction of the film I’m surprised I didn’t like the movie more, but I left the theater without any eagerness to talk to someone about the film. It underwhelmed me although it met my expectations of a monster film. I would say that although the film isn’t bad, The Mummy isn’t anything you’ll be saying is a ‘must see’ film this summer.
On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I give this one a 6.5. This movie isn’t worth the price of admission, BUT since this is the first of the Dark Universe films I suggest you see it. Movies in the franchise may refer back to this film and you wouldn’t want to see the next film not knowing the references.
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