The Mummy is a entirely fresh take on the classic Universal monster movie that defies expectations by casting Tom Cruise in the lead role as Nick Morton a treasure hunter who unwittingly awakens an ancient princess from her crypt beneath the desert, who brings with her malevolence that has grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.
The Mummy 2017: The Good
“The Mummy 2017” is a start up of a new franchise set up by Universal in its “Dark Universe”, using the same formula that has worked so well for Marvel and DC comic book movies. It’s entirely fresh and separate from 1999 Brendan Fraser movie which was inspired by “Indiana Jones”, that was action-packed and fun. It’s darker, scarier and is set in modern day as opposed to Ancient Egypt.
Tom Cruise stars as Nick Morton a treasure hunter and soldier of fortune who is only interested in finding artifacts so he can make a profit by selling them on the black market. It’s a different role choice for Tom Cruise doing a big summer blockbuster tentpole, but he has done horror before with An Interview with a Vampire and is passionate about the universal monster movies and he has performed his own stunts in this movie just like the Mission: Impossible franchise.
Jake Johnson [Let’s Be Cops], plays Nicks and treasure seeker buddy Chris Vail who’s banter with Nick plays out like Raiders of the Lost Ark in terms of action and humor.
Annabelle Wallis [Annabelle 2014], plays archaeologist Jenny Halsey who has a history with Nick and their chemistry and romance is similar to “Romancing the Stone” or “Jewel of the Nile” with Michael Douglas.
Russell Crowe [Gladiator 2000, Noah], stars as Dr. Henry Jekyll Mr. Hyde who is the introduction to this shared “Dark Universe” and who has his own agenda. Hopefully, Russell Crowe will pop up in future installments as he makes a big impact as he also rarely stars in a big summer blockbuster it’s fun to see let loose and have fun with the role.
The Mummy 2017 is written by David Koepp who is famous for writing scripts for the biggest blockbusters such as “Mission: Impossible”, “Jurassic Park” and “War of the Worlds” and Christopher McQuarrie [Jack Reacher and “Mission Impossible Rogue Nation”].
Alex Kurtzman who wrote “Transformers” and “Star Trek” has pulled a non-stop action packed-thrill ride in his first directing gig and displays skill that suggests that he should be involved with future installments in universals “Dark Universe”.
The Mummy 2017: The Bad
Audiences who are expecting to be similar to the 1999 Brendan Fraser movie will be disappointed as it is a fresh take on the iconic monster movie set present day. it’s darker, violent and a movie with a cocktail of genres.
The Mummy 2017: Conclusion
Overall, “The Mummy” 2017, is a slick, fun, action-packed summer blockbuster that is a new take on the iconic monster legend. Tom Cruise is clearly having a blast and will hopefully return for future installments.