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The Mummy (2017)
Release year: 2017
Director: Alex Kurtzman
Screenwriters: David Koeep, Christopher McQuarrie, Dylan Kussman, Jon Spaihts
Starring: Tom cruise, Russell Crowe, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance, Marwan Kenzari, Simon Atherton
When soldiers Nick (Cruise) and Chris (Vail) discovers the hidden tomb of Ahmanet (Boutella), they set free a dangerous soul the past has tried hard to keep captured.
This the first installment in Universal’s reprising of their popular classic monsters, Dark Universe, had every chance to be great. Starring one of our time’s biggest stars, written by two men behind several monster hits and off course, centering around a well-known character: The Mummy, the movie should have been a major summer blockbuster. So why wasn’t it so? Maybe because Cruise (Top Gun, 1986) plays a character difficult to sympathize with. Perhaps the fact that the special effects wasn’t good enough for today’s spoiled audience to even get mentioned at the Oscars? It could be the fact, that they have altered the iconic horror character into something completely different? But most likely, it is because it simply came to close to the beloved 1999 version, which had plenty of the charm and tongue-in-cheek humour that this once lacks. The cast all do what they are supposed to do and there is plenty of action, but flashbacks, hallucinations and shift in tones, you are left with an underwhelming feeling and honestly, a sense of disappointment. Considering how well-working the Mummy movies starring Brendan Fraser was, beginning the fresh take on the Universal horror universe with The Mummy seems a strange decision and after a lukewarm experience you are left hoping, that the next one will blow you away, instead of merely huffing and puffing like this one did.
The film’s tagline, “Welcome to a new world of gods and monsters,” is a quote from Bride of Frankenstein (1935), which was also produced by Universal and will be the next installment in the Dark Universe franchise.
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