The Mummy Reviewed By Clayton Barnett


The Premise
Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess, whose destiny was unjustly taken from her, is awakened in our current day bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

The Review
Tom Cruise looks to scare up another box office franchise with The Mummy, but it's more fight than fright in this classic Cruise actioner.

I love a good monster movie and the original Universal horrors are absolute classics, so why they wanted to dig them all up and make some crazy shared ‘Dark Universe’ is beyond me. Especially before they saw how The Mummy performed, does anyone remember Dracula Untold?

But I’ve got a soft spot for Cruise and the Mission Impossible movies, so if that’s what you’re after you’ll be in for a treat – there are some epic action set-pieces that Ethan Hunt would be impressed by. The plane crash alone is gravity-defying stuff – and Cruise and co-star Wallis were the only ones not to lose their lunch!

Curses though they couldn’t back the action up with some proper horror, or actually figure out what movie they were actually making. Third choice director Alex Kurtzman has a ton of TV producing under his belt but only one five-year-old drama, and the film swings wildly from action to horror to comedy without really settling on one.

Though the comedy provided by Jake Johnson (New Girl) is a highlight, and reminds you wistfully of the fun-filled adventure of the Brendan Fraser starring The Mummy series. That had a young goofy lead (Cruise and Crowe are already pushing 50 for a long-term franchise), with actual spark opposite Rachel Weisz. I feel for the unknown pair of Sofia Boutella and Annabelle Wallis, who try to unwrap the few layers they get.

The Verdict
Less horror and more action, this Tom Cruise vehicle still delivers some worthwhile thrills. But it really should have focused on a decent script than setting up a franchise.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 8th June 2017
Rating: M – Contains supernatural themes and violence
Duration: 107 minutes 
Genre:  Fantasy Action Horror
Starring: Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance, Marwan Kenzari, Russell Crowe, Javier Botet
Director: Alex Kurtzman (People Like Us)

The Extras
The movie introduces Russell Crowe as Dr Jekyll which will set up the character for a standalone film in Universals monster universe.

It is intended to be the first installment in a possible Universal Monsters shared universe

The film's tagline, "Welcome to a new world of gods and monsters", is a quote from Bride of Frankenstein (1935), which was also produced by Universal.

The Mummy's design and gender were altered due to Apocalypse's look during the post-credit scene in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).

Sofia Boutella's character is named Princess Ahmanet, which is similar (but not related) to Amunet, a primordial Ancient Egyptian goddess that was the consort of the deity Amun.

The zero gravity scene took 64 takes and was shot for 2 days in a falling plane. Reportedly, a lot of the crew got nauseous during the scene and vomited, except for the main stars Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis, who were really proud of the stunt.

The film marks the first collaboration between Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe.


A big fan of the series Peaky Blinders, Tom Cruise personally requested Annabelle Wallis audition for the film.