THZ EXCLUSIVE: ‘The Mummy’ Movie Review

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Cast: Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Russell Crowe. 

Director: Alex Kurtzman 

Synopsis: An ancient princess Ahmanet killed her own father and his baby son to claim the throne in Egypt, was mummied alive as punishment. After an attack in the Middle East, she is unearthed by Nick Morton and his partner. They must then try and stop the evil princess on her rampage around London. 

Tom Cruise is back again, this time with his latest movie ‘The Mummy’. He plays the character of Nick Morton, who is a member of the army but is consistently after money and precious antiques.  

He is partnered with Chris Vail (Jake Johnson). At the beginning of the film, Cruise takes advantage of his operating freedom and sneaks away to loot priceless antiquities from ancient burial sites.

An air strike in Iraq, where we are first introduced to Cruise and Johnson, leaves a gaping hole in the ground revealing the tomb of ancient princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella). She was buried alive in Mesopotamia, as punishment for killing her father and his baby son. 

Cruise and Johnson are joined by character Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis) in the search of the tomb. They inevitably ignore all the signs of danger and quickly move the princess’ tomb to bring her out of the country.

It isn’t long before Ahmanet starts causing havoc around London.

Cruise is, of course, the princess’ chosen one. With a mix of humor and genuine emotions, Nick and Jenny develop a budding romance, one which the princess tries to destroy.  

To turn Tom Cruise, who is infamous for his action movies and strength, into a character who is weaker than another force, is an interesting choice and one that may not work in the movie’s favor.

While the acting was quite good, it became somewhat cheesy in parts by the use of dry humor. Was this movie one of serious action and drama or one of humor? It was hard to tell.

It seems Kurtzman was going for a character that’s action packed but has an emotional side too. 

Stop trying to make ‘The Mummy’ into ‘Deadpool’ happen, it’s not going to happen. 

‘The Mummy’ can be found in all Theatres on Friday, June 9.

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