Not so funny Mummy twist has its moments
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.
Sofia Boutella in The Mummy.