Swanner: In this reboot of The Mummy, Tom Cruise plays Nick Morton, a grave robber who stumbles onto a hidden crypt. It’s where an ancient princess had been buried alive after a murderous rampage where she killed all her family to secure her place on the throne. Now released from her sarcophagus, she has chosen Nick to be the human vessel she needs to release the devil onto the world. The Mummy is the first release of Universal’s new franchise called Dark Universe. A reboot of all the old monster movies from the 30’s and 40’s.
I was very intrigued by the trailers for The Mummy, and the film did not let me down. It’s a big summer popcorn movie with a $125 million dollar budget, a big movie star, a scary villain, and over the top special effects. Director Alex Kurtzman, along with writers David Koepp, Christopher McQuarrie, and Dylan Kussman, create a rollercoaster ride of thrills and chills. It’s non-stop action and non-stop fun. The film never pauses to catch it’s breath, and that’s a good thing. When you’re dealing with familiar territory, you need to keep things moving so the audience has no time to compare it with it’s earlier incarnations.
The film also stars Russell Crowe, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, and Jake Johnson, but it’s very much Cruise’s film. I really liked the fact he was playing a different character than his standard Tom Cruise Hero. Cruise, who is turning 55 this year, is still a major action star because he knows how to choose projects that work for him, and this film is no exception. I think The Mummy was the perfect film to star Universal’s new franchise, and if this is any indication of what to expect… I say bring it on.
Swanner: 3 stars