The Mummy is a big letdown

Monday June 12, 2017 Written by Published in Entertainment
A scene from the movie The Mummy which is screening at the Empire Cinema. 17060913 A scene from the movie The Mummy which is screening at the Empire Cinema. 17060913

Some pasts should remain buried forever, and the subject matter of The Mummy is one of them.

 

Inevitably, movie franchise reboots are unable to capture the charm and success of the original version and The Mummy fails miserably. It has nothing near the brilliance of past movies in the same franchise.

They should have left this sorry franchise in its tomb, caged in the memories of its past glory, after realising the whole thing was running out of steam.

I went to a fundraiser event featuring The Mummy which was almost sold out. I sat beside a couple. The man seemed to have lost interest in the opening quarter. He dozed off halfway through the movie and left the cinema in the last quarter.

Others probably stayed on because they wanted to get their $10 worth.

I didn’t have any choice: sometimes you have to endure bad entertainment because it’s part of the job.

In The Mummy, soldier of fortune Nick Morton (Tom Cruise), who steals artifacts and sells them in the black market, accidentally unearths Ahmanet, a betrayed Egyptian princess who was entombed under the desert for thousands of years.

Ahmanet makes Morton “the chosen one” and needs his help to fully resurrect herself and create a world that she once dreamed of.

Morton is caught between Ahmanet’s spell and the reality that he is the only one that can save the world from this evolving monster.

The Mummy is directed by Alex Kurtzman, a virtually unknown filmmaker, who does a decent job of maintaining the emotional mix in the movie.

There is a fair bit of humour which may bring a few smiles, and some brilliant action sequences that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Other than that, there is nothing worthwhile about this effort. It’s a plain, simple rehash which lacks sufficient touches to be described as a “modern reboot” of the franchise. 

The chemistry between Cruise and Annabelle Wallis is dull and the dialogues lack the punch to drive the story. And that is probably the biggest letdown.

This dismal effort lacks sufficient creativity to set itself apart from its predecessors.

Younger audiences might get some thrills from the action sequences and the sight of zombie-looking creatures smooching each other, but for more mature viewers, The Mummy is nothing but a past that should have never been brought back to life.

I say it’s not worth looking at – but of course it’s up to you.

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