Not so funny Mummy twist has its mo­ments

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The Mummy (M) Star­ring Tom Cruise, Rus­sell Crowe, Sofia Boutella and Annabelle Wal­lis Di­rected by Alex Kurtz­man 3 stars

Princess Ah­manet (Sofia Boutella) is raised to be­lieve she’s going to be the first fe­male pharaoh.

Her des­tiny is taken away from her when the king fa­thers a son.

She prays to the god of chaos and death but her rit­ual is thwarted and she is en­tombed be­neath the desert.

Soldier of for­tune Nick Mor­ton (Tom Cruise) and part­ner in crime Chris Vail (Jake John­son) are on a mis­sion to steal an­cient Egyp­tian arte­facts.

Af­ter an air strike un­cov­ers the tomb of Ah­manet, Nick and Chris are ready to help them­selves to buried trea­sure un­til Egyp­tol­o­gist Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wal­lis) steps in.

Jenny and Nick have a his­tory that didn’t end all too well but the sex­ual ten­sion be­tween the pair con­tin­ues to sim­mer below the sur­face through­out the film.

Nick ac­ci­den­tally awak­ens Ah­manet 5000 years af­ter she was buried and the mummy plans to fin­ish what she started so long ago and be­come ruler. It’s the first time a woman has played the mummy and Boutella’s por­trayal is of a kick-ass mon­ster.

The mummy and Nick be­come in­ex­tri­ca­bly linked and end up in Lon­don at the secret or­gan­i­sa­tion, Prodigium, run by Henry Jekyll (Rus­sell Crowe).

The or­gan­i­sa­tion’s man­date is to study and then de­stroy all evil in the world.

It seems strange to in­tro­duce Dr Jekyll into the world of the mummy.

Direc­tor Alex Kurtz­man is heav­ily fo­cused on try­ing to ex­plore the strug­gle be­tween light and dark that Nick, Ah­manet and Henry all face — it’s also not the first time Uni­ver­sal has made a film fea­tur­ing mon­ster mashes.

Cruise is well-known for per­form­ing his own stunts in ac­tion-heavy films and this re­boot is no ex­cep­tion.

Un­for­tu­nately, the movie lacks the hu­mour that made the Mummy se­ries star­ring Bren­dan Fraser so pop­u­lar.

This first film in the Dark Uni­verse fran­chise is light en­ter­tain­ment that doesn’t re­quire a lot of thought.

Pic­ture: Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures

Sofia Boutella in The Mummy.

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