1999's The Mummy had a certain charm that I
didn't mind watching it over and over on TV. Despite the mediocre narrative, it
was a fun movie to watch; and I chalk it up to how well the cast performed.
brings me to this 2017 reboot. To be honest, this movie didn't make much of an
Two soldiers, Nick (Tom Cruise) and Chris (Jake Johnson), are looking for artifacts to sell on the black market, whereupon they stumble on the tomb of Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella). Jenny (Annabelle Wallis), an archeologist, steps in to investigate and discovers that the tomb is actually a prison.
When Princess Ahmanet was still alive, she was supposed to succeed the throne after her father, the Pharaoh, stepped down. That is, until his wife gave birth to a son. Feeling cheated, Ahmanet sold her soul to Set, the Egyptian god of evil and chaos, and then proceeded to murder her own family with a special dagger given by the deity.
the promise of giving Set a physical form, Ahmanet attempted to sacrifice her
lover with the dagger, only to be interrupted by the Egyptian soldiers. She was
sentenced to be mummified and buried alive in a sarcophagus, far away from
Centuries later, after Nick, Chris, and Jenny's intervention, the mummy is accidentally set free. She has chosen Nick's body to be her sacrificial lamb, and scours the world for the missing dagger so that she can finally awaken Set.
This seemingly straightforward narrative about Princess Ahmanet takes a backseat about halfway through the movie. The Mummy was too preoccupied with setting up its own shared world (called the Dark Universe) that it focused less on the mummy in favor of building up future characters and storylines.
Russell Crowe's presence is one of them. He was honestly the most compelling character in the movie, but he kept taking your attention away from the matters at hand.
titular villain feels more like a plot device rather than the main adversary,
which is frustrating because Sofia Boutella played a really good mummified
The Mummy also tries to maintain the goofiness that the 1999 version had (which is a nice touch), except that Tom Cruise doesn't quite pull it off. Although he does have a funny bone (as evidenced in Tropic Thunder), he's no Brendan Fraser. It's almost as if the film tried too hard to be funny. Jake Johnson's character in particular seems like he was written off as a gag.
Annabelle Wallis is, in my opinion, the weakest link in this cast ensemble. Her acting just isn't believable. She maintains one facial expression all throughout, including one painfully awkward scene where the camera zooms in on her face to show her very frightened reaction after she's realized what's behind her. It just seems like she's not meant to be in this role.
The Mummy is an okay movie but it is rather forgettable. I don't see myself watching it again, like I did with Director Stephen Sommers' version. As the first movie of many more to come, this film didn't make a strong enough impression for me to get excited about the Dark Universe.