The Mummy (2017)

A Egyptian princess is discovered asleep in her crypt, deep under a desert. The princess, who of course is awakened in this movie, was once betrayed and now she is awake again, she is full of determination to take what she feels is rightfully hers. The film’s main lead is a treasure hunter and common thief, Nick (played by Tom Cruise), who helped discover and awaken the princess. His life becomes haunted and challenged. Let the terror begin.

The Mummy is a reboot with a new set of characters, but it also feels like the beginning to what could be a monsters universe with selected characters making returns in future films. This isn’t the first time we have seen a reboot of a franchise to start a universe reset. In fact, this year we have already been greeted with titles such as Kong: Skull Island.  

Does the film stand well enough on its own to perhaps launch into a new exciting franchise and monsters universe? 

As far as the film’s plot is concerned, I was genuinely invested in the first 10 – 20 mins. Nick (Tom Cruise) made the discovery of the secret tomb and delivered a truly impressive aeroplane sequence (which is no surprise given the actor’s history of outstanding stunt work).

But once the plane crashed, it felt like the film did too…

Because of Universal’s previous (and fun) film franchise “The Mummy” from 1999, there were some serious shoes to fill. Not just from a plot perspective, but also in regards to the characters through the film’s runtime. The 1st time I saw The Mummy in 1999, I remember being slightly scared by the creatures (including those damn scarabs), but then the cinema would find themselves laughing at another moment and really enjoying the film as we all jammed popcorn in our mouths. The new version seems to be very unsure of itself. The start of the film manages to pull off some fun action moments with quirky, fun scriptwriting, but all of this very quickly turns into a dark, serious film without the fun thrill ride this adventure film should be all about.  

The creatures in the new version come off more like zombies and I grew very tired of Nick being called into dream sequences among other flashbacks. There are also many scenes where the lead characters are about to get killed, but just in time, they are saved by a random group or character (very corny!). We also get introduced to characters to fill in time. One such character is played by the well known Australian actor Russell Crowe, who appears in a supporting lead role with a decent amount of screen time. However, unless this franchise or monster universe takes off, I can’t help think that his character and our time with him might be… well…. a wasted opportunity.

The film’s visual is also very dark and there is no use of stunning colours or jaw-dropping visuals. While I understand the film is set in dark caves and tombs, the film struggles to make it easy to enjoy the film visually. I’m happy to announce the film’s audio track was full and loud, making selected action scenes (ie the aeroplane sequence) very demo worthy audio tracks to show off one’s home theatre when your friends come over.

Overall, The Mummy in 2017 doesn’t measure up to much when compared to the 1999 film. While Tom Cruise plays the part well and he is trying, the film’s plot is trying far too hard to be serious and I’m sure there had to be many disappointed fans at the visuals. The film also tries to invest side characters with subplots which was a massive risk to take. So far I would say it’s not a great start for a rebooted series.

4.3/10

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A new case, same diamond!  When the priceless jewel, The Pink Panther, is stolen from a high-tech national museum, only one man can solve the crime.  Returning once again is Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Peter Sellers), but unfortunately, the Inspector has...

Studio 666 (2022)

In the present day, the famous band, Foo Fighters, are struggling to put their long-awaited tenth album together.  With desires to do something different and radical, the band’s lead, Dave Grohl, suggests they should record an album somewhere that sounds...

Jurassic Hunt (2021)

Have you ever wanted to hunt and kill a dinosaur in the wilderness?  Well, thanks to modern technology, the ultimate hunt is now available at a high price.  Those with the right skills and who are rich enough can be dropped into the wilderness to hunt...

Hive (2021)

Fahrije (Yllka Gashi) is dealing with several challenges each day.  Firstly Fahrije is concerned for her husband, who has been missing since the war in Kosovo.  She questions each day if he is alive somewhere, or worse, dead.  She desperately attempts...

Aline (2020)

Aline Dieu comes from a large family- by large, I mean she is the youngest of fourteen children.  Growing up, Aline discovers she has a wonderful singing voice and performs at selected family events.  Thanks to the support of her mother and family, Aline is...

Uncharted (2022)

Nathan Drake (Tom Holland) is a young man who works at a bar and has many skills, including understanding too much about history and being a general thief.  One night while working, Nathan is approached by a stranger named Victor Sullivan, also known as Sully...

A Stitch in Time (2022)

Liebe (Maggie Blinco) is an old woman who spends her days around the home or supporting her husband Duncan (Glenn Shorrock), who works as a singer at a local pub in NSW, Australia.  But when Liebe’s husband is fired, tensions in their relationship grow. ...

Drive My Car (2021)

Yusuke Kafuku (Hidetoshi Nishijima) is a professional stage actor and director.  The film opens with a deep look at Yusuke’s life, showing us his marriage and just how talented and committed he is to acting and performing.  His wife also enjoys dabbling in...

Crash (1996)

James (James Spader) is a man who works in the film industry as a TV director. James and his wife Catherine (Deborah Kara Unger) enjoy having wild and open relationships, which they often reveal to each other.  One day, while James is driving, he becomes...

Marry Me (2022)

It’s the biggest wedding event ever!  Music icons, Kat (Jennifer Lopez) and Bastian (Maluma) are planning to get married and launch their newest song, “Marry Me”, on a concert stage, an event which will be live-streamed to millions of viewers around the entire...

Blacklight (2022)

Travis Black (Liam Neeson) is a government FBI agent who works off the book and keeps his work under the radar.  He's the man you call when fellow FBI agents fall off the rails or require a desperate rescue.  Travis also lives alone, but he desires to...

Beyond the Wastleand (2021)

Most movie lovers are familiar with the cinematic legend of Mad Max, which began with its first feature back in 1979, followed up by two more film instalments.  To this day, the franchise is classed as one of the greatest Australian film series ever made. ...

Moonfall (2022)

After a routine space mission goes wrong, Astronaut Brian Harper (Patrick Wilson) is stood down from active duty.  He claims that while he was in space, he witnessed something out of the ordinary, but sadly, there were no witnesses to this experience.  His...

Body Parts (1991)

Bill (Jeff Fahey) is a professional criminal psychologist with a passion and desire to understand better what makes a criminal commit horrific crimes.  Bill is also attempting to write a book but is struggling.  He even feels like he is failing to get...

India Sweets and Spices (2021)

After finishing another year at College, Alia (Sophia Ali) is home for summer with hopes of relaxing.  As Alia attempts to settle back in and reconnect with various family members and friends, she discovers a few major secrets about her parents and that elements...

Slapface (2022)

Lucas (August Maturo) is a young boy trying to deal with the loss of his mother.  Often in trouble with the law, Lucas has been given multiple stern warnings by the local Sheriff (Dan Hedaya).  Lucas lives with his older brother, Tom (Mike Manning), but...

Reunion (2020)

A heavily pregnant young woman, Ellie (Emma Draper), returns to the family home after the death of her grandparents. Hoping to get stuck into some work on her new book (relating to all things black magic and the occult) she is sorely mistaken as she deals with her...

One Last Dance (2003)

After the death of a dance teacher occurs, a well-known dance company located in New York will soon be too broke to open its doors and will be forced to close.  The death of the dance instructor encourages a reunion of past dancers, Travis (Patrick Swayze),...

Parallel Mothers (2021)

Janis (Penelope Cruz) is a skilled fashion photographer.  While working, she meets Arturo (Israel Elejalde), who wins her heart after a few dates.  After several secretive meetings with Arturo, Janis' life changes dramatically when she falls pregnant and...

The Hating Game (2021)

Based on the popular book of the same name, The Hating Game introduces us to Lucy Hutton (Lucy Hale), who works for a book publishing company.  After a recent merger with another company, Lucy has been forced to share a large office with a co-worker, their desks...

Belle (2021)

The film follows a young 17-year-old high school girl named Suzu.  Suzu’s mother has passed away, and she feels sad and lost inside with each day that passes. While attending school, Suzu feels like a nobody and notices those who are more popular and successful...

Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (2021)

Street Gang: How we Got to Sesame Street begins with a look back in time.  The year is 1981, and we are in New York City behind the scenes on the set of Sesame Street.  More than twelve million American children watch what goes on in Sesame Street on an...

Spencer (2022)

Set in 1991, Spencer follows Diana during her stay with the Royal Family at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England.  As the film opens, we gain a great understanding of Diana, including her general thoughts relating to the family and her current challenges in...

Gold (2022)

The world has changed dramatically in the near future and is now a desert-like wasteland.  We are introduced to a man with no name (Zac Efron) who is seeking work at a compound.  The duties that he will carry out are vague, but we understand the stranger...

The Last Thing Mary Saw (2021)

Set in Southold, New York, in 1843 during winter, the film begins with the interrogation of a woman named Maiden Mary (Stefanie Scott).  Several mysterious deaths have occurred, including her grandmother at their family farm. Maiden Mary is blindfolded during the...

Scream (2022)

It’s been twenty-five years since Woodsboro suffered a series of horrific murders.  Now in the present day, a new Ghostface killer has surfaced with a desire to kill.  But this time, the killer’s motive’s seem to be connected to the town secrets and its...

The 355 (2022)

Imagine a device that could connect to anything and be powerful enough to begin World War III.  But an exchange has gone wrong, and now this top-secret weapon, created to destroy the world, is in the hands of a dangerous mercenary.  Now it’s up to a pair of...