“The Mummy” Review

10 June, 2017

Director: Alex Kurtzman
Screenwriters: David Koepp, Christopher McQuarrie, Dylan Kussman
Director of Photography: Ben Seresin
Cast: 
Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Sofia Boutella

Synopsis: A mercenary on the hunt for buried treasure inadvertently unleashes a powerful force on the world after he discovers an ancient prison containing an evil and unstoppable curse.

The Mummy Review:

Responding to over eight decades of monster madness, “The Mummy” guarantees somewhat of a schlockfest with its hilarious premise acting as the bridge between Universal’s most memorable living and undead creations. Made to be the early beginnings of the studio’s so-called ‘Dark Universe’, the film acts as the crucial catalyst for yet another unnecessary franchise, beginning the crossover with the inclusion of Dr. Jekyll whose alter ego finds reason to exist outside of his assigned backstory while Russell Crowe pontificates his way through reams of exposition.

Matching the cheese of both the original and Stephen Sommers’ 1999 reboot, “The Mummy” quite remarkably trumps the tackiness of a film now fondly remembered as one of the few Brendan Fraser hits while Tom Cruise’s unwavering belief in the power of a good stunt crafts an alternative that springs from set piece to set piece at an alarming rate. Experimenting with zero gravity and producing phenomenal results, Cruise’s presence accounts for brief moments of hair-raising achievement yet it’s not long before the obliteration of England’s Capital City becomes about the best you can expect from a movie reliant on superficial ideals.

Despite its fondness for the shape of the past feeling admirable in all its silliness, “The Mummy” recreates the kind of low-intellect action that only nostalgia can paint kindly as its undiluted spectacle and suspension of disbelief can only take the story so far before the walls begin to crumble on an age-old franchise still in desperate need of a better screenplay. Overproduced and underwritten, “The Mummy” feels like impressive concept art in motion and its kooky designs come to have little meaning in a sequel-focused, underdeveloped, CGI-infested movie which trades plausibility for fleeting excitement.

 

   

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