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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. More

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.

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Directed by Alex Kurtzman ('People Like Us')

Starring Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance, Marwan Kenzari, Russell Crowe, Javier Botet

Rated M, Supernatural themes & violence | 1:47 | Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Blockbuster |

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By Alex Casey

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... Read more

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.

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THE PEOPLE’S REVIEWS (29 Ratings, 22 Reviews)
Ethan Hunt does The Mummy 3/5 stars.

By Daphne-Carvalho

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... Read more

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. Hide
Modern monster movie misfire. 1/5 stars.

By adamatdramatrain

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... Read more

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. Hide
Plenty of action but... 2/5 stars.

By Kerry-Smith

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... Read more

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. Hide
Butter chicken -- mild, please 3/5 stars.

By Sassenach

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.... Read more

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. Hide
More to come? 4/5 stars.

By dribblestick

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... Read more

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. Hide
Mummy, it hurts! 1/5 stars.

By DanielK

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... Read more

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. Hide
The Mummy 4/5 stars.

By sujublah

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... Read more

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. Hide
Disappointing and a jarring and disjointed mix

By festus

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... Read more

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". Hide
Entertaining .... but then ..... 3/5 stars.

By John-Power

An entertaining enough ride for the most part, but then the ending seems only there to set up a series of sequels .....

An entertaining enough ride for the most part, but then the ending seems only there to set up a series of sequels ..... Hide
Total Entertainer 4/5 stars.

By JessieNZ

This movie is a total entertainer. Got some great special effects and sound effects. Tom at his usual best.

This movie is a total entertainer. Got some great special effects and sound effects. Tom at his usual best. Hide
The Mummy is great fun 4/5 stars.

By MattB

Heaps of fun. Lots of white knuckle moments. Tom Cruise is great playing against type as a dodgy looter in over his head as the guy who stumbles on supernatural... Read more

Heaps of fun. Lots of white knuckle moments. Tom Cruise is great playing against type as a dodgy looter in over his head as the guy who stumbles on supernatural shenanigans. Hide
Refreshing ride through familiar territory 3/5 stars.

By Kiwi1971

A new take on the unearthed Mummy unleashing a curse on the world trope. The story itself is pretty ho hum and fairly familiar...mostly. We are pretty much... Read more

A new take on the unearthed Mummy unleashing a curse on the world trope. The story itself is pretty ho hum and fairly familiar...mostly. We are pretty much dropped into a story that is already in progress with no real explanation as to who anyone is, but roll with it. There is enough exposition along the way to fill in the back story [A little] Our Indiana Jones type "heroes" are actually soldiers who are interested in looting antiquities rather than doing their jobs, which seems to be common knowledge with their superior who could care less it seems. Why Cruise is in active service at nearly 55, I don't know. I guess he is playing much younger. Anyway it is fun, with great effects and action, and introoduces us to Dr Jekyll [Yes that one] who runs some kinda bio lab...I guess. Collecting monsters and weird stuff of legend. Big budget, big adventure, big effects. Fork over your $10 and switch off for something short of two hours. Hide
More than I expected 4/5 stars.

By trini

Just saw this movie last night, and at first thought it couldn't meet my expectations of the first one with Brendan Fraser but Tom proved me wrong, with his... Read more

Just saw this movie last night, and at first thought it couldn't meet my expectations of the first one with Brendan Fraser but Tom proved me wrong, with his mission impossible experience meets the Walking Dead and he's dry humour one liners at times. Hide
The Next Sequel ? 3/5 stars.

By Chad

I thought it wasgoing to be really scary,however, hada great mix of action, supernatual, and had a few laughs alongthe way. Pleasently surprised!

I thought it wasgoing to be really scary,however, hada great mix of action, supernatual, and had a few laughs alongthe way. Pleasently surprised! Hide
Meh 1/5 stars.

By Cori

***THE FOLLOWING REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*** Predictable, mundane, bland, pedestrian, banal, implausible, illogical, stupid! What a waste of time! So the... Read more

***THE FOLLOWING REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*** Predictable, mundane, bland, pedestrian, banal, implausible, illogical, stupid! What a waste of time! So the mummy goes on the rampage and everyone gets their souls literally sucked out of them but never Tom Cruise or his archaeologist love interest, Jenny? Not even when she's right in the grip of the evil Amaneth (TWICE!) who knows Jen's the obstacle to her getting what she wants? C'mon! They survive beatings, and cave-ins, explosions, car crashes, and plane crashes without a scratch? Righhht. We know how this will end. Finally, Tom Cruise's character, after sucking as a human being, finally imbibes/absorbs the god of evil and death and becomes a monster, and that's when he actually starts doing good????!!!!! Man! The god of evil must have felt really let down there or someone got very confused. If that's not cheesy enough for you, Jekyll and Hyde make an appearance in the form of Russell Crowe (who gave the single best performance of the crew!) And of course, the cherry on top was the very fitting ending where swashbuckling Tom rides off into the sunset for a whole new adventure! Wow! 'Nuff said. Hide
Mummy - please make it stop! 1/5 stars.

By BHaldane

Always a danger sign when I start looking at my watch. Striving for the same blend of comedy , action and jumps that 1999's 'The Mummy' pulled off, I really... Read more

Always a danger sign when I start looking at my watch. Striving for the same blend of comedy , action and jumps that 1999's 'The Mummy' pulled off, I really wished they hadn't. Bad...right down to the bone. (But greatly appreciate the tix Flicks..hardly your fault!) Hide
Action packed 4/5 stars.

By dmkeating

Was full on and enjoyed the movie. Bit cheesy but had a few giggles along the way. Was entertaining and far fetched but fun.

Was full on and enjoyed the movie. Bit cheesy but had a few giggles along the way. Was entertaining and far fetched but fun. Hide
Reboot romp 3/5 stars.

By hotlemonade

Indiana Jones meets American Werewolf in London, Tom Cruise (badly cast) holds his own in this rebooted romp. Too much scripted narrative in my opinion as it... Read more

Indiana Jones meets American Werewolf in London, Tom Cruise (badly cast) holds his own in this rebooted romp. Too much scripted narrative in my opinion as it wasn't actually hard to keep up with things – but should do well this winter! Hide
The Mummy 4/5 stars.

By karthikraj

“Cruise is so devoted to maintaining his image as a clear and wholesome hero” Altogether the movie was crisp not so boring and a roller coaster ride.

“Cruise is so devoted to maintaining his image as a clear and wholesome hero” Altogether the movie was crisp not so boring and a roller coaster ride. Hide
Pleasantly surprised 4/5 stars.

By Janine-Jones1

Not usually into this type of movie and was pleasantly surprised. Was a great movie, action packed with a bit of thriller, awesome story, Tom Cruise played a... Read more

Not usually into this type of movie and was pleasantly surprised. Was a great movie, action packed with a bit of thriller, awesome story, Tom Cruise played a really good part. Would totally recommend anyone to go see this movie. Hide
Enjoyable 4/5 stars.

By tkj

Rather nice

Rather nice Hide
Loved it 4/5 stars.

By Lucy-Power

I really enjoyed this. Cheesy and a bit ridiculous, just like the original. I liked that they kept the humour and didn't try to be too serious. I don't know why... Read more

I really enjoyed this. Cheesy and a bit ridiculous, just like the original. I liked that they kept the humour and didn't try to be too serious. I don't know why they included the side story about Russell Crowe's character though - that was weird and unnecessary. Hide
CRITICS REVIEW
Total Film (UK)

The Mummy does wrap up enough adventure, action and quips to make it, if not a scream, a worthwhile Friday night out.

The Mummy does wrap up enough adventure, action and quips to make it, if not a scream, a worthwhile Friday night out. Hide
Empire (UK)

An odd but frothily entertaining genre cocktail, which coasts on the charisma of its two biggest names...

An odd but frothily entertaining genre cocktail, which coasts on the charisma of its two biggest names... Hide
Variety (USA)

A literal-minded, bumptious monster mash of a movie.

A literal-minded, bumptious monster mash of a movie. Hide
Hollywood Reporter

Weirdly out of place here, Cruise brings little daring and less charm to the film, though to be fair to the actor, his character's a stiff.

Weirdly out of place here, Cruise brings little daring and less charm to the film, though to be fair to the actor, his character's a stiff. Hide
Guardian (UK)

It’s a ragbag of action scenes which needed to be bandaged more tightly.

It’s a ragbag of action scenes which needed to be bandaged more tightly. Hide
Stuff.co.nz (Graeme Tuckett)

The Mummy doesn't work as a horror because it's just far too stupid, far too often.

The Mummy doesn't work as a horror because it's just far too stupid, far too often. Hide
Sydney Morning Herald

Feels less alive than undead.

Feels less alive than undead. Hide

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