The Mummy (2017)
Out Now On-Demand
Welcome to a new world of gods and monsters.
The classic Universal Monsters character returns in the Tom Cruise-starring first installment in a planned shared monster universe (co-stars Russell Crowe doing his own bit to revive a famous frightening figure). Written by Jon Spaihts (Doctor Strange, Passengers), there's no connective tissue shared with Stephen Sommers' Brendan Fraser-starring pics of the same name.
Once locked in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert for a millenia, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella, Kingsman) awakens in the present day. After her destiny was unjustly taken from her in ancient Egypt, she brings with her terrors that defy human comprehension as she seeks to bring Set - the God of Death - into the realm of the living.
- Alex Kurtzman('People Like Us')
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Blockbuster
Rating: M Supernatural themes & violence
Tom Cruise got hit by a bus, he fell out of a plane, he kissed an evil Mummy, which is kind of the same. The Mummy reboot is the first opening creak of the casket that is the Universal Dark Universe (bad name, cool idea), and it’s a popcorn blockbuster with an emphasis on the corn. Tom Cruise plays Nick Morton, the ditzy anti-hero with some wonderfully jarring wisecracks.
The Mummy juggles monstrous action, slapstick comedy and a wafer thin love interest, but is saved by an encouraging return to Universal’s true spooky horror roots. The first half of the film delivers some genuinely impressive scares, bone crunching undead zombies and the same CGI creepy crawlies of the Brendan Fraser era. Having Sofia Boutella play the mummified villain Ahmanet is a refreshing gender flip, plus it's cool to see Cruise get thrown around like a rag doll by a woman half his size.
Despite The Mummy's sluggish final act and truly embarrassing hallucination scenes, there’s exciting potential for what else the Dark Universe can excavate from its own tomb. There’s a throwaway shot of a skull with fangs that screams DRACULA 2021 and we get a ridiculous insight into the Jekyll to Russell Crowe’s Dr Hyde (it’s just Russell Crowe with a stronger British accent).
Perhaps The Mummy tries to cram too many cursed gems into its own sarcophagus, but I don’t think we should bury our hopes just yet. Just as Russell Crowe barked randomly through his jowls: welcome to a world of gods and monsters. You’re in for some big, dumb, freaky fun.
Total Film (UK)
Stuff.co.nz (Graeme Tuckett)
Sydney Morning Herald
A quick and indecisive mess.
This film was too fast paced to have any real depth to it. Although it did have some funny moments it couldn't quite decide whether it was a goofy fun movie or a scary one and this definitely held it back. Whilst it did provide a good set up for the further monster movies that are planned, it felt like this was all it was meant to do rather than being the best Mummy movie that could have been made. However, on a more positive side it did have some cool suprises and moments worth a chuckle.
Action-packed with a dull plot, while struggling desperately to begin a cinematic "Dark" universe; it leads to an ambitious, disappointing result.
Ethan Hunt does The Mummy
I wasn't expecting much going into the movie. The old Brandan Fraser ones were campy and reasonably entertaining. I couldn't help feeling that Tom Cruise was playing a himbo version of Ethan Hunt in The Mummy. This movie tries to cover too many monsters in one movie making it a little odd. You've got the undead minions who are the zombies. Then there's Jekyll and Hyde. The only monsters missing were werewolves and vampires. Still, the graphics were cool. Nick Morton's undead sidekick was amusing. There's a pretty girl, a scary mummy, good fights, some campyness and great scenery. I was entertained and had a good evening. Not bad really.
Modern monster movie misfire.
Oh boy, if that JACK REACHER sequel wasn’t bad enough, Tom Cruise continues his rapid decline into crap cinematic crack-ups with this horrible attempt to set up a Universal horror movie, um, “Dark Universe.”
Confused, muddled, poorly scripted and at times just plain boring, this clubfooted attempt at merging Universal’s monsters with the plot of THE AVENGERS is the most monstrously grotesque aspect of a movie that’s a horror for all the wrong reasons. Instead of S.H.I.E.L.D. we get Prodigium, a shady organisation to save us all from monsters, much like the BPRD in HELLBOY, only with a LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN vibe. Running things is Russell Crowe, as Dr Hyde.
Nicking liberally from the comedic caper that was the Brendan Fraser MUMMY movie of the 1990s, but with a darker overall tone, this version casts Sofia Boutella as an Egyptian princess wrapped in bandages and bent on global domination.
Directed by Alex Kurtzman (writer of COWBOYS & ALIENS, STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS and a couple of TRANSFORMERS movies), it’s no surprise that the focus is on big dumb action over character, plot or any semblance of sense. Kids and popcorn munching crowds may be entertained, but the lame attempts at laughs fall flat, the narrative makes little sense and the pace plods.
Cruise seems oddly miscast as the antihero, grappling between good and evil pulling on his soul, with a character that bounces from one scene of exposition to another action set piece with little more to do than appear alternately surprised or bemused as he’s bashed, smashed and tossed around by CGI spectacle.
It’s all a matter of personal taste of course, and whilst the likes of COWBOYS & ALIENS bored me to tears, many lapped it up. So, if you enjoy your spectacle, action and creaky comedy, this undemanding adventure may be right up your pyramid. Me? I’d far rather watch every classic, black and white, Universal Horror movie again than wade through this modern monster movie misfire.
Plenty of action but...
This movie seems to struggle to find it genre. It's part Indiana Jones, part Mummy, part Scooby Doo. Unlike the earlier Brendan Fraser/Rachel Weisz which seamlessly mixed action with comedy, mainly due to the gung ho, can do attitude of the leads, this movie has a reluctant hero who is more often out of his depth, struggling to know what to do than anything else. And his heroine is likewise more helpless than helpful. We also get a dead best mate who pops up now and then with a mix of helpful and unhelpful advice. And we get a Russell Crowe version of Dr Jeykyll/Mr Hyde who is part save-the-world scientist and part mad scientist. The best character in the entire movie is the baddie, now cast as a female. She is consistent throughout, always endeavouring to resurrect her god.
The movie has plenty of action, most if it designed to make Cruise look decades younger than he is. But the humour sometimes seems out of place and is more forced than the Fraser/Weisz movies. Fans of Tom Cruise will love it, fans of The Mummy story are less likely to.
Butter chicken -- mild, please
This movie stars Tom Cruise. Anyone who watches it knows what they're getting themselves in for. It's Tom Cruise. Still, he looks tall (go figure) and sexy. And he kicks some ass. Complete escape-ism, particularly on a cold midweek night. A fairly successful formula to appease the masses, albeit a little, er, formulaic.
More to come?
I went into this movie not really knowing what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. While there were certainly predictable elements in the story it had enough turns and surprises to keep my interest. There seemed to be a few moments that topped the hat to other movies such as American Werewolf in London, and enough comedic moments without being too farcical. It did feel to me as though it was setting up for more movies to come along the lines of the superhero franchises and if it is I'm sure I'll be buying tickets.
Mummy, it hurts!
Forget comparisons to Universal's Mummy cycle of the 1930s and 1940s. Forget comparisons to the Brendan Fraser/Rachel Weisz runarounds of the late 1990s/early 2000s. The only suitable comparison to be made here is to the 2004 Stephen Sommers omnishambles Van Helsing.
Yes, 2017's The Mummy is that bad, and then some. Avoid it like the plagues of Egypt.
The new Mummy was very entertaining and I enjoyed it very much. More jump scares than I had expected which made it more fun. Certain actors acting skills could have been better, but I was able to just ignore them. Decent humor throughout the movie also kept it light. I enjoyed the simplicity of the plot, and am looking forward to whatever universal's planning.
Disappointing and a jarring and disjointed mix
This version of the Mummy couldn't decide what it wanted to be ... horror, drama, or comedy? It's a jarring mix that felt rushed and slap-dash. Even Tom Cruise couldn't stay consistent with his character, some of his fumbling and stammering actually felt like he forgot his lines, but they just left it in. The love interest and interesting character of the Archaeologist went from really compelling to just her being another ho-hum stooge in the master plan. Russell Crowe's character felt like it was added at the last second, and was another jarring element in the mix. Overall, the Mummy series with Brandon Fraser was far superior. It had the right blend of humour, action, and horror. This one was a big "miss".