Movie Review: The Mummy (2017)
The long awaited reboot in The Mummy franchise was directed and written by Alex Kurtzman. The movie features Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, and Russell Crowe. More importantly, The Mummy marks the first addition in a new shared Dark Universe in which Universal Pictures will bring back its most classical monsters under one umbrella.
Long ago, in Ancient Egyptian times, Princess Ahmanet was the heir to the Pharoah's throne. When the Pharaoh receives a new heir (a boy) the princess falls into a deep darkness. Her lust for power brings her to the service of the dark ancient deity Set. Set, the dark Ancient Egyptian deity makes a pact with the Princess transferring some of his powers to her in exchange for her soul. The princess is soon captured and set to eternal damnation deep below the Persian gulf. But, what is hidden in the dark will eventually come to the light.
Not wasting anytime, the movie thrusts itself into its action-adventure roots within its opening scenes. Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) and Sergeant Chris Vail (Jake Johnson) accidently discover the Princess's tomb after a hair-brained attempt to discover treasure. The discovery of the Princess's tomb is the first in a series of heart-pumping action sequences. These scenes (mostly shown in the trailer) make up most of the film accompanied by its supernatural narrative. The stunts are brilliantly choreographed. And the special effects during these parts are really solid and add to the excitement. Plus, there's nothing like an Ancient Egyptian Princess laying waste to cities with her sand dunes of rage.
The film has more of its share of awe-inspiring moments with Princess Ahmanet's powers and mummified army. Princess Ahmanet's powers given to her by the dark God Seth, gives her power over life and death. And the franchise's signature creatures are used a great deal throughout the film. Thanks to the CGI and the appearance of said creatures, the film's fantasy and horror elements hold your attention and are especially thrilling. Also, the sound work is impressive. Especially when dealing with mummies and their creepy-crawly movements.
The Dark Universe
As I said before, The Mummy is now apart of a universe which shares its stories with other classic monster films. Russell Crow's character Dr. Henry Jekyll from the novella The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, is the leader of Prodigium. A secret organization tailored to hunting down supernatural beings. For those who are keen on the history of monster movies (and like easter eggs) may also spot several objects in the film from old movies such as Creature from the Black Lagoon and Dracula. No doubt this film will carry on and have several connections to future movies in Universal's dark universe.
Don't go in expecting any traces of the old reboot; The Mummy is vastly different from its predecessor. The focus of the movie is more so on the supernatural than archaeology. In substitute for the discovery, treasure hunting, and tomb eploring there is more computer-generated and over-the-top moments of adventure. If you prefer the original, then you should wait for the film to hit streaming platforms. But, if you're interested in seeing where Universal's new dark universe leads and interested in a new take on The Mummy, then this movie is your first stop on an adventure of a lifetime.
The Mummy (2017) is currently in theaters worldwide.