The Mummy is Universal’s reboot of the 1999 film of the same name. This time we are introduced to Nick Morton (Tom Cruise), a soldier of fortune who digs up and stores ancient treasures for his own benefit. During one of his adventures in Iraq with his right hand man Vail (Jake Johnson), he stumbles upon the tomb of Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella). Ahmanet was a betrayed Egyptian princess who existed in the flesh thousands of years ago. Now free, she is set to use her constantly evolving powers to wreak havoc across the seas. Only Nick and archeologist Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis) can stop her.
This movie is a culmination of everything wrong with Hollywood blockbuster movies today. The problem with this movie is that it is generic. There is no element of surprise. There is nothing that one cannot predict with this movie. What you saw in the trailers is what you will get in the theatre. That being said, I do not recommend watching any of the trailers because they ruin any bit of excitement you might have had going into this movie.
Another major complaint I have been hearing from other viewers is the characters. Tom Cruise is passable as Nick Morton. I mean he has already established himself as an A class Hollywood star so he didn’t really need to do anything extra to standout here. He does do all of his own stunts though, which is impressive. Annabelle Wallis was also fine. Nothing particularly memorable about her character or her performance, but she was not unwatchable. Sofia Boutella as the female Mummy was also passable, but I felt she was casted just so the studio could tick off diversity in their books. In other words, her role in the movie could be played by pretty much any other female actor. The two characters I found to be unwatchable were of Jake Johnson’s and it pains me to say this but Russell Crowe. I don’t know what the director was thinking when he wrote these two characters. They had more of an annoyance on screen than any noticeable stage presence. In addition, their campy and laid back attitudes made me feel that they didn’t really have or need any place in this movie.
My personal biggest problem with this movie is its use of humor, and I feel this is typical of Hollywood summer blockbusters today. Comedy just does not work here. When in the theatre, I did hear the odd chuckle at some moments, but I never once felt the need to laugh when watching. In fact, I will go as far as to say that audiences will, more often than not, laugh at moments in the film that were not intended to be funny. This movie also has some of the most annoying dream sequences I have ever seen, where shots from earlier moments of the film are shamelessly reused.
In conclusion, save the $14 ticket and treat yourself to something better. The Mummy is a mess. From this characters to its off timed humor to its irritatingly generic plot structure, this movie fails on nearly every front. Summer movies today are struggling; both financially and critically. The Mummy is just another culprit of this plague hitting Hollywood.