Possible spoilers ahead!
2017’s “The Mummy” is the latest reboot of the franchise that began way back in 1932. This time, we’re introduced to Egyptian princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella), the only child of the Egyptian pharaoh, Ahmanet. Ahmanet was destined to rule the land, until her father’s wife gave birth to a son, and Ahmanet suddenly found herself second in line to the throne.
Feeling robbed of her destiny, Ahmanet makes a deal with the Egyptian god of death, Set, allowing evil into herself that makes her kill her entire family. She also plans a human sacrifice that will allow Set to return to man’s world. These acts however, end with her mummified alive and sent to parts unknown.
In modern day, army reconnaissance sergeant Nick Morton (Tom Cruise), likes to make some extra money on the side with his best friend Chris Vail (Jake Johnson) by hunting treasure and selling them on the black market. When one of their “missions” goes wrong, they call in air support, and the bombing accidentally uncover the ancient tomb of Ahmanet. They’re soon joined by anthropologist Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis), and together they explore the contents of the tomb.
The three eventually stumble upon the sarcophagus of Ahmanet, and everything is fine until Nick’s lack of patience accidentally frees Ahmanet from the prison to which she has been confined for centuries. Now Nick is caught in the middle between Ahmanet who seeks to complete the ritual that would fulfill her deal with Set, and a group called Prodigium, led by Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe).
When “The Mummy” was released this in June, it bombed with audiences. Domestically, “The Mummy” only earned a little over $80 million. Overseas the box office has been much better, but the numbers are still shockingly low for a Tom Cruise summer blockbuster, and a troubling start to Universal’s Dark Universe.
The critics meanwhile, weren’t very kind to this movie. As of this writing, “The Mummy” still has a 16% on Rotten Tomatoes, a number that’s unlikely to ever improve by much. Well I have something say to those critics that savaged this movie:
I thought “The Mummy” was rather entertaining. So screw you guys!
Now, I’m not saying the 2017 film comes close to the 1932 classic, or even matches what the 1999 film starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz did. But what I liked about the new Mummy is that it attempts to bring a fresh spin to the classic premise. And I’m not just talking about the gender-swapped villain. This movie actually adds something to everything that has come before.
This was the first time I’ve seen a mummy turn her victims into zombie like creatures, and trying to seduce Tom Cruise with power. The introduction of Prodigium is also a big deal, as is the idea that curses are real. I even liked that apprently situations like this have been happening for centuries.
Makes you wonder what else we don’t know about, and what else is hiding out there. All of this could mean that all the previous Mummy movies might still be cannon. At one point we even see the book of the dead from the 199 flick. But more importantly, the ending of “The Mummy” alone, opens up a slew of new opportunities for this world.
The cast I thought was fine, but the writing really let them all down at times. Tom Cruise tries his best to give Nick Morton some charm, but the script makes him nothing more than a selfish bastard.
Annabelle Wallis’ Jenny Halsey, starts off as a strong character who is there to do her job and do it well. She even stands up to Nick after he takes something from her, but she eventually ends up as a damsel in distress and love interest. I don’t blame Wallis for this, once again it was the script that failed the actor.
Sofia Boutella as Princess Ahmanet was good, but not as memorable as Arnold Vosloo was in the 1999 movie. Her back story is a compelling one. I would have enjoyed seeing more of the princess whose destiny is taken from her, but instead, the script makes it a point of unnecessarily sexualizing her once she awakens. However, I did like her design, and some of her action scenes were rather good.
At the end of the day, “The Mummy” is not a perfect movie. But it is better than “Bram Stoker’s Legend of the Mummy .” Look it up kids, look it up. Anyways, this new Mummy could have used some script editing, which would have helped every character and the overall story the filmmakers were trying to tell.
Even so, I still say that this movie is a decent action/adventure retelling of the classic story that adds some exciting new ideas. I honestly didn’t expect much from this movie, but I was pleasantly surprised by some plot ponts, some of the action scenes, and the ending alone has me excited to see more.
“The Mummy” final score: C+