Title: The Mummy
Directed by: Alex Kurtzman
Screenplay: David Koepp, Christopher McQuarrie, and Dylan Kussman
Music: Brian Tyler
Cinematography: Ben Seresin
Edited by: Paul Hirsch, Gina Hirsch, and Andrew Mondshein
Production Companies: Perfect World Pictures, Secret Hideout, Conspiracy Factory, and Sean Daniel Company
Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Adventure, Action
Producers: Alex Kurtzman, Chris Morgan, Sean Daniel, and Sarah Bradshaw
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
Rating: Rated PG-13 for violence, action and scary images, and for some suggestive content and partial nudity.
Release Date: June 9, 2017
Running Time: 107 minutes
Source: Tickets purchased by my boyfriend from Cineplex Canada
Synopsis: Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension. Written by Universal Pictures
– TRAILER –
– MY REVIEW –
Going into this review, I would first like all of you to know that I am a big fan of the 1999 The Mummy film with Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz (directed by Stephen Sommers). The action, humor, and horror were expertly blended, and it’s just a joy to watch that film (and I have done so many times over the years). The sequel (The Mummy Returns), which came out just 2 years later, was good too, although the first film still remains the top one for me. I also feel like I should inform you that I have never watched the third film in the series, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, and will likely only do so in order to form an opinion about it, rather than out of curiosity or a need to see it. One of my favourite parts about the first two films was seeing Brenda Fraser and Rachel Weisz’s characters’ romance and interactions, and since Rachel Weisz’s character was re-cast in the third installment, I felt sad and did not bother trying to see it.
But, back to this year’s release of The Mummy (awkwardly titled the same as the 1999 film). I could find no connection to the first three films at all, which kind of made sense due to the title not having a subtitle. So, we are thrown into a world where we are uncertain as to whether the same rules as in the 1999 and 2001 films apply, which was fine too, since this film can definitely be viewed without one having watched any of the other Mummy movies distributed by Universal.
I also went into this movie feeling a little cautious because although I love Tom Cruise and have watched most of his movies, I have found that lately he’s becoming like another Nicholas Cage to me (meaning that his characters all feel the same, or similar). Maybe it’s just me, but anyway, I was hoping that that wouldn’t be the case here. And it sort of wasn’t. Cruise’s character, Nick Morton, definitely has a bit of a different feel to him than say Jack Reacher, or Ethan Hunt from the Mission Impossible series. I was also able to appreciate how well Tom Cruise seems to be taking care of his body. He looked really good!
The rest of the casting was fine, and while I would have appreciated a not-white leading lady (or kind-of-sidekick), I was not all that surprised that they cast a Caucasian blonde woman as Nick Morton’s love interest. Hey, a not-white male lead, or hey even just a female lead would have been great, but again, not surprised. At least the Egyptian characters in this film were actually people of colour. I was very impressed, with how much screen time Sofia Boutella got as Princess Ahmanet, and I kind of wish that this had been her movie (if you couldn’t tell from the gifs, I kind of have a girl crush). I really sympathized with Ahmanet, and would have been happy with a film just about her taking over the world (yes I’m one of those “root for evil” kind of people, haha). The special effects were also good, but other than the double-eye effect (not sure what to call this), nothing made me go “oooh” or “aaah.”
The acting overall was alright, although nothing spectacular, and there were some awkward parts. The action was satisfying, and the horror…horrifying (although not nightmare-inducing…which I really shouldn’t complain about because I was able to get a good night’s sleep after this film, unlike the nights following other horror flicks). And as for the plot, …it could have used a bit more work, but I was surprised at times, and intrigued overall. I’m curious to see whether they will be releasing a sequel, and although I might not watch it in theaters, I think that I would definitely give it a shot once it’s on DVD. Overall, my advice to you would be to go watch it in theatres if the trailer really excites you, and if my review didn’t scare you off…but other maybe hold off until you can watch it at home.