- Actors: Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance
- Directors: Alex Kurtzman
- Writers: David Koepp, Christopher McQuarrie, Dylan Kussman
- Producers: Alex Kurtzman, Chris Morgan, Sean Daniel, Sarah Bradshaw
- Format: 4K, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Language: English
- Subtitles: French Canadian, Spanish
- Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
- Number of discs: 2
- Studio: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
- Run Time: 220 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- ASIN: B072JLDDMT
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The Mummy (2017)
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The Cast of The Mummy
Nick Morton (Tom Cruise)
A soldier of fortune, Nick Morton plunders conflict sites for timeless artifacts…ones he sells to the highest bidder. When Nick and his No. 2 (Chris Vail) are attacked by insurgents in the Middle East, in the ensuing battle, they accidentally unearth a tomb of an Egyptian pharaoh they come to know as Ahmanet. Nick is not simply the one responsible for setting Ahmanet free; he’s fulfilling an ordained destiny he couldn’t have possibly imagined. Now, he is the only one who can stop her ascension to a global ruler who will enslave humanity.
Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella)
Centuries ago, Ahmanet was raised as a fearless warrior and heir to her father’s throne. She was destined to be the first female pharaoh, but when the king finally fathered a son, Ahmanet was cast aside. Driven mad by betrayal, she was entombed for eternity by the very people who swore loyalty to her. Her fate? Erasure from history. Accidentally awoken by Nick Morton, this original and extraordinarily powerful monster sets out to reclaim her stolen kingdom and ascend to her rightful place as pharaoh. With her evolving powers, the strange and seductive Ahmanet forges an unbreakable connection with Nick, and in so doing, intertwines their destinies.
Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis)
A British officer of Cultural Heritage, Jenny Halsey is enlisted by Nick to unearth the sarcophagus for transport. The Egyptologist’s own mother was long certain that there was a female pharaoh who’d been erased from history. Now, Jenny has finally found the princess she heard of only in myth and legend. When Jenny, Nick and Vail rappel down to an antechamber unearthed by human war, they unleash Princess Ahmanet, accidentally setting off a series of otherworldly phenomena.
Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe)
The enigmatic Dr. Henry Jekyll oversees Prodigium, a secret organization with a mandate to recognize, examine, contain and destroy evil in our world. A scholarly English gentleman grounded in the modern day, he not only protects the world from monsters, he protects monsters from the world. Is Jekyll a friend or foe? Like all our principal characters, it depends upon your perspective, and their end game…
Chris Vail (Jake Johnson)
Although Vail likes to think of himself as a “liberator of precious antiques,” others prefer the term “modern-day grave robber.” While Nick is into the adventure as much as he is the adrenaline rush, Vail has no qualms about admitting he’s only in it for the money. Vail and Nick have been partners in crime for years, but nothing could prepare them for the evil they have awakened.
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And the first of those is "The Mummy," a remake/reboot-but-not-really of the previous films about an undead horror rising from the tomb... except they pretty much abandon any actual material from those movies except "there's a mummy, and a giant screamy face." Instead, they present a mass of cinematic and/or mummy cliches without a hint of irony, dressing it up with a "sexy" mummy and a crammed-in starting point for the Dark Universe.
During an airstrike, soldier-of-fortune/looter Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) accidentally uncovers an Egyptian tomb buried under a town... in Iraq. Even the movie is aware of how strange that is. They just happen to have an archaeologist (Annabelle Wallis) on hand, who discovers this was the tomb of Ahmanet, an Egyptian princess whose lust for power caused her to sell her soul to Set, murder her family, and be mummified alive for her crimes. Never mind that the process of mummification would kill you.
But things immediately start going wrong -- the plane carrying her sarcophagus crashes, Nick temporarily dies, and then he is haunted by visions of a bandaged woman stalking him through the mist. He's been cursed by her, and she wants to use him as the vessel for Set. And even when Ahmonet is captured by a Super-Sekrit Organization (like S.H.I.E.L.D. but less competent), Nick finds that he may have no hope of escaping her grasp.
"The Mummy" is very much a MOAR action movie. Moar mummies. Moar crashes. Moar fistfights. Moar 'splosions. Moar attractive women. Moar boogity-boo scares. Moar moar moar. This movie feels almost like a parody of a Hollywood action-horror movie, ticking off all the cliches and never bothering to do anything that we haven't seen before... but without a sense of humor or self-awareness that everything in its story has been done before.
Instead, we're pelted with so many cliches that it feels like the studio raided TV Tropes. And as a result, its massive, bombastic nature seems like a storm conjured up to try to hide the fact that the plot is as thin as papyrus -- and it's definitely not scary, or as funny as it thinks it is (haha, Nick is naked!). There are a few spooky moments here and there, mostly when we see Ahmanet scuttling around in her undead state, looking like an arthritic Gollum. But more often we just careen from place to place, following Nick and Boring Blonde as they lurch from one crisis to another, building up zero momentum as they go.
And as if to show the lack of care that went into it, there are also blatant fails at Egyptian mythology (Set as the god of death), ancient Egyptian culture, etymology (Jekyll claims "Satan" is an alternate name for Set) and history (what would the Crusaders have been doing in what is now Iraq? Being horribly lost?).
Tom Cruise is... Tom Cruise. Despite playing a looter, liar and thief, we're clearly meant to be charmed by his roguish one-liners and occasional moments of not-totally-self-centered-ness. But when you boil him down, there isn't really anything about the character to like or be interested in, which makes Wallis' Boring Blonde's transition from contempt to love seem even more ridiculously artificial. And Russell Crowe plays a woefully unimposing Dr. Jekyll, who predictably transitions into a ludicrously unscary, scenery-chewing Mr. Hyde.
Sofia Boutella does an excellent job with what little material she has; she seems to have been hired mostly because she can scuttle, scamper and bend a lot. Unfortunately, she's simply not frightening here -- her version of a mummy is too wriggly, weak and ALIVE to ever be a properly undead fright. She looks and acts more like a gymnast in a mummy-themed unitard.
"The Mummy" has a few good spots that haven't been totally dried out, but the withered hulk is just a standard Hollywood blockbuster -- lots of sound and fury, signifying that the Dark Universe may be dead on arrival.
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In case you don't know, the Egyptian god of the dead wasn't Set, it was Anubis. Set was the god of chaos. Switching that up made no sense, any the good guys... The Medjai they ain't.
Production values were very good (1 star) and Sofia Boutella is a personal fave (1 star), but while branded as the kick-off for Universal's 'Dark Universe' series, there wasn't anything particularly dark about it (no stars). And watching Tom Cruise phone in a twit character for 110 minutes did not make for riveting cinema. (Certainly made me wonder how much emotional 'method' Tom had to dig for to achieve oneness with his character.)
Of course, a lot of it had to do with the script. Or lack thereof. Most of the 'crackling' dialogue comes across as 'almost' good jokes; the kind that might have been amusing if the writers had thought to include the punchlines. The writers really should have watched the Brendan Fraser movies for a refresher in snappy repartee (or even 'Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy').
Lastly, rehashing the same old Mummy story line is getting boring. Why not recognize it as something that no one else has: As a love story that spans millennia? [Spoiler alert] Consider, Nick Morton didn't get the girl in this movie. He wound up in the desert with his sidekick. Why not have Nick (as Nick/Set) recognize his timeless love for Ahmanet and wander off into the desert to create their own private Hamunaptra? We don't need world domination, but maybe just a little love, romance, and redemption. How about that for a refreshing change, huh Hollywood? [/Spoiler alert]
Overall, I should have waited until this went Prime. Or better yet, just skipped it and rewatched the 1999 version (although I did prefer Sofia Boutella's mugging the sandstorm to Arnold Vosloo's). Not recommended.
I don't necessarily care about what some big shot head of lettuce reviewer thinks about this movie, I guessed the plot about 30 minutes in but my brain was already shutting down and going into enjoyment-mode, if you want to enjoy this movie like I did, i suggest you do the same. :)