Director : Alex Kurtzman
Producer(s) : Alex Kurtzman, Chris Morgan, Sean Daniel, Sarah Bradshaw
Main Cast : Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance, Marwan Kenzari, and Russell Crowe
Genre : Action/Fantasy
Release Date : June 9, 2017
Music Director : Brian Tyler
Awesome-o-metre : 5.2/10
REVUE OF THE MUMMY
Tom Cruise is Nick Morton a soldier serving in the Middle East where he and his partner plunder ancient artifacts and sell them on the black market. However, they bite more than they can chew when they inadvertently release Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella), a betrayed Egyptian princess who is hell-bent on bringing Set the god of death to rule over the Earth.
Let me start by saying Tom Cruise is NOT Brendan Fraser. He isn’t as handsome or as funny.
Now that we have gotten that out of the way, I have to say that I am not surprised that this movie is underwhelming as in all honesty I didn’t expect it to better the Stephen Sommers 1999 series that starred Brendan Fraser. The older series had two things which this movie lacked- a real plot and humor.
This movie heralds the arrival of the planned monster universe or the “Dark Universe” which has “Frankenstein”, Bride of Frankenstein”, and “The Invisible Man” with Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie and Javier Badem already penciled for various roles. So the planned movies puts the writers in a box as they had to lay a foundation for a whole franchise and we know how hard that can be. But why do they have to create a “universe” for everything these days? It’s hard enough for us to keep up with Marvel Universe, DC Universe and DCEU, now this one? I guess those are the money spinners these days but I am exhausted abeg.
Secondly, I think Hollywood is really beginning to underestimate the power of humor in the overall feel of a film. These days, all we have are “dark movies” with brooding characters and shot in a dark hue. This may be the in-thing now but believe you me, such movies never join the greats. Who can forget the banter and chemistry between Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz and John Hannah? Or even the virulence but adorable naivety of Imhotep? Okay, maybe I am comparing two movies from different times with different purposes in mind but lemme just vent.
This film was quite short on imagination and plot but I guess it’s because it tries to lay groundwork for a new franchise. I have seen a lot of reviews bashing it but I don’t think it’s that bad but it gives me cause to worry for the future of the franchise. The film started at a frenetic pace and I expected the pace to endure till the end but it started to slow down and finally crawled towards the finish line. The evil Princess whom I expected plenty action from was just doing too much talking and not enough butt kicking.
Unlike a number of people, I wasn’t disappointed because I didn’t have high expectations of this film. Talking about disappointment, I was also upset by the absence of the Scarabs as I was really craving some carnivorous insects crawling under people’s skins (literally) but all we got was just some harmless spiders. Mschewwwww.
Conversely, my 2 things that pleased me in the movie was the crashing aircraft scene which features in the trailer, even though the scene wasn’t novel but I liked it. Another thing i like was the way princess Ahmanet slaps people. The girl doesn’t punch or hit, she just bitch slaps anyone who dares her.
This film pales in comparison to its predecessors but still makes for passable entertainment. I would liken it to flavored water because it isn’t water neither is it juice so it’s somewhere in the middle. But don’t take my word for it, why not click here and get a movie ticket and go see it for yourself?
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