Tom Cruise convinced Courtney B. Vance to star in The Mummy

Ruben Ruiz
June 9, 2017

I've watched all his movies, from Risky Business on.

They inevitably liberate her soul and along with her the malevolence grown over the years.

And never mind that no one is exactly clamoring for the big screen return of "The Mummy" - the movie gods (er, Universal Studios execs) have decreed it is time for another "Mummy" movie and summertime deems that a big blockbuster must open every week.

Of course, as we know, unearthing a cursed mummy has its consequences and it's not long before the dead are rising and all hell is breaking loose. OK not really, but there is a reason for it and it makes sense in the contents of the story.

A running joke about Morton being a womanizer barely lands because, outside of there being zero chemistry between Cruise and Wallis, he doesn't come off as the slick heartthrob the movie thinks he is.

Helping Morton out with his girl trouble is archaeologist Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis), whose main job in the movie is to explain what the hell is going on, as well as introduce Morton to a certain Dr Henry Jekyll (Crowe), who has a awful secret to Hyde, er, I mean hide. Progress? Some shenanigans lead to the awakening of an ancient Egyptian goddess, Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella), who has several hundred years worth of havoc she's ready to unleash. He digs in and accidentally releases a mummified Egyptian princess (Sofia Boutella) who has plans to destroy the world. And once she is set free, she will stop at nothing to reclaim her stolen kingdom and ascend to her rightful place as pharaoh.

Alex Kurtzman's franchise reboot origin story has a fresh horror enabled look, is an elementary part of Universal's re-launch of their "Dark Universe" series, but it's not one that is completely entertaining or interesting for that matter.

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"The nonsensical story would matter less if The Mummy would get out of Cruise's way and let him do what he does best". Numerous battles look and feel like something out of AMC's "The Walking Dead" because of Ahmanet's ability to raise the dead to fight alongside her. There are similarities in the powers that we have seen before, but the curse is very much new.

Russell Crowe shows up as Dr Jeckyll/Mr Hyde, the head of a secret organisation dedicated to protecting the world from monsters. We never learn if he is on the side of good or bad. The organization is pretty cool. The franchise explores the realms of the netherworld, making "The Mummy" an action packed, horror film.

As for the fight scenes the pair had to do? It is not Cruise's fault, but we just don't get enough character development to determine how we feel about him.

Hers and other backstories are shown as "The Mummy" stumbles out of its grave, vainly trying to organize the story around two burial sites (the other is in London), the unusual visions that begin plaguing Morton, and a quixotic (or merely capitalistic) gambit to stitch together a unifying principle for the Dark Universe. The earliest ... Mummy movies were scary in a small way, perhaps a dated way. It feel very small for all of the big effects. It is a fresh attempt and a good start, but it just spends too much time setting up the future.

It comes as a bit of a shock that the film's screenwriters include heavyweights David Koepp ("Jurassic Park") and Christopher McQuarrie (Oscar victor for "The Usual Suspects"), along with actor Dylan Kussman and three writers given "story" credit: Jon Spaihts ("Doctor Strange"), Jenny Lumet ("Rachel Getting Married"), and the film's director Alex Kurtzman ("Star Trek").

Personally, I would like to see Fraser succeed.

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