Saturday, 17 June 2017
Review: The Mummy - Dark Universe gets off to lack lustre start!
It's hard to believe that it's 18 years since Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz starred in the cheesy yet fun "The Mummy". It's even harder to believe that some Hollywood executive decided that the cinema going public needed to see a remake of that film with Tom Cruise added for extra star power.
This Alex Kurtzman directed reboot tells the tale of an ancient princess who is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her evil that has grown over the hundreds of years buried, and terrors that defy human comprehension.
The first in Universal's Dark Universe franchise, The Mummy lacks the humour and charm of it's predecessor but does contain action packed scenes rich in special effects that would put any of this years summer blockbusters to shame.
Tom Cruise, too is his usual dependable self giving merit to a rather flimsy character and the film is all the stronger for his presence. The same can't be said however for his supporting cast , who lack the charisma and conviction of their leading man and that coupled with a script riddled with plot holes results in one of the less impressive summer blockbusters of 2017.
Overall, the film is somewhat of an incoherent mess that seems to prioritise marketing over moviemaking and that can never bode well for the audience.
Nevertheless, despite its lack of depth, it is hard to be overly critical of a film that deals with the reincarnation of the ancient Mummy in typical tinseltown fashion and if you are looking for a movie that lets you give your brain a rest for two hours then this maybe the tonic for you. (Just don't expect to remember anything about it with 48 hours!)