Release Date: June 9, 2017
Cast: Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance, Russell Crowe
Director: Alex Kurtzman
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Duration: 1 hour 50 minutes
It may appear that Tom Cruise, at the age of 54, has taken a different road altogether with The Mummy, after enthralling the audience for several years with his mavericks as a top American spy. However, fans won’t have to complain, as The Mummy has all the essential elements of an action-packed thriller, quite like the things we subconsciously associate with the Mission Impossible franchise. The only difference is that The Mummy delves into the realm of gods and demons, and it traces a story that’s many millennia old. It’s an attempt to create a new flavor, by combining action, horror, and mythology, which seems to carry an acquired taste.
The story catches up with Ahmanet a.k.a. The Mummy (Sophia Boutella), an Egyptian princess who was betrayed many thousands of years ago. When Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) and his team excavate the Mummy and try to transport it in a plane, Ahmanet gets her chance to rise from the dead and take revenge. Even when many millennia have passed, her anger is only growing and she is determined to claim everything that was once taken away from her. In her desperation to take revenge, she unleashes terrors so brutal that they are beyond the comprehension of the human mind. And she has all the powers with her that allow her to be a violent monster in one moment and a seductive goddess in another.
The Mummy does have loose ends, but the action sequences are engrossing. The sets are huge and the elaborate VFX will make you cringe as you witness the gruesome horror, especially in a 3D environment, with things flying at you from all directions. Tom Cruise easily gets into his role as a man who seems to share a deep connection with the past and gets into situations that require him to take some very tough decisions.
Even with its conflicting tonality, The Mummy still works as an epic action, adventure movie. You may give it a try!