The Dose: ‘The Mummy’ should’ve stayed under wraps

The Dose: ‘The Mummy’ should’ve stayed under wraps

The Dose: ‘The Mummy’ should’ve stayed under wraps
June 12
21:04 2017

Michael Vu | Staff Writer

Universal Studios is diving a little too late into their attempt at creating a cinematic universe to match the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s impeccable track record. With this year’s reboot “The Mummy” comes the first entry into the their “Dark Universe.”

The film’s story is a jumbled mess of narratives and tones through seconds on end, without a definite direction for the overarching plot, which is where it falters. There are moments of effective action set-pieces and creepy moments with the mummy princess – played decently by Sofia Boutella (“Kingsman,” “Star Trek Beyond”) – hellbent on bringing chaos and death into the world, or in this film’s case, mostly London.

Tom Cruise plays a culmination of his previous characters, with his version of Nick being arrogate, cocky and quick on his feet at times. He’s the standard Cruise character he’s owned for the past three decades, but without much redeeming qualities until the end. Before that, he’s a bit of a jerk. I’ll give it to Cruise through, he could have played Nick straight-edged as usual but this is something different.

The script tries to be the jack-of-all-trades, and it truly becomes a master (or pharoah) of none by its conclusion. Is it trying to keep its horror roots from the ’30s? Technically, yes. Is it an action-adventure film like the reboot from the ’90s? Oh, sure. Is it also trying to set up numerous sequels and be a superhero film? Unfortunately, yes. With all these aspects rolled into one, the characters’ actions become nonsensical as the plot spreads extremely thin.

Overall, some parts of “The Mummy” really work, but they’re ultimately outweighed by a gamut of odd decisions that make for an uneven experience. I really can’t recommend this movie to anyone and as soon as the credits rolled, all I wanted to do was watch the 1999 version. So do yourself a favor and use the money to pick up a copy of the 1999 movie instead, you’ll have a better time with that.

Featured Image: Tom Cruise portrays Nick Morton in the newest revamp of “The Mummy,” as Sofia Boutella portrays the titular antagonist. Universal Pictures.

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