The Mummy is directed by Alex Kurtzman and stars Tom Cruise, who plays Nick who is sort of a soldier but is more of a looter, he teams up Chris (Jake Johnson) and Jenny (Annabelle Wallis) to solve an incredibly old mystery surrounding a mummy (Sofia Boutella).
Walking into seeing this movie I know of the critical response this movie is getting, so I didn’t know what I was getting myself into and leaving the film was fine, not bad, not great, only fine.
The excellent production design, Tom Cruise once again giving a very dedicated performance, Sofia Boutella, the special effects, the action sequences are all so good that it’s tough to call it a bad movie, but what really sinks The Mummy is the screenplay.
It’s developed by a lot of people and it shows, because this film doesn’t feel like it has one real emotional direction, certain scenes can be really entertaining, but the movie is all over the place.
Tom Cruise as always is very charismatic and quite funny, the screenplay does give him a lot of good jokes, but a lot of it relies on his comic timing which is spot on. An as usual he throws himself into the action sequences like no one else and he sells every single head thumping painful moment of it.
Russell Crowe is also in the film and is definitely one of the brighter spots of the movie and watching him share scenes with Tom Cruise was also a lot of fun, it felt like two heavyweight actors just going at.
Sofia Boutella as the Mummy was terrifying and amazing, she owns every scene she was in, and her interaction with Tom Cruise was awesome, she continues to knock it out of the park in every film she been in.
Jake Johnson is the Comic relief and it doesn’t work one bit, his character could easily just be taking out of the film and nothing would chance and would actually make the movie better.
Jenny (Annabelle Wallis) this is one of the most useless characters I’ve seen in a blockbuster movie in quite a while, she is needing to be saved all the time, she doesn’t bring much to anything in this movie, rarely does she solve anything, she essentially takes Tom Cruise to a couple locations he needs to go to and beyond that she’s a damsel in distress.
It is completely horrible timing to be coming out the weekend after the great Wonder Woman movie, an incredibly strong woman made by a great director who is also a woman, and to have a character that is just so completely useless in the Mummy was a major distraction and a disappointment.
The universe they are trying to create with this movie is awesome I truly believe that, the Mummy has a lot of exciting action sequences, Tom Cruise is very likeable, Sofia Boutella continues to be awesome, but characters like Jenny and Chris, as well as a screenplay that is all over the place along with the pacing, the movie won’t have you coming back to the cinema anytime soon.
The Mummy gets my recommendation of wait to Netflix it!