Mummy im­pos­si­ble

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film -

THE Mummy looks like Tom Cruise’s mid-life cri­sis film. Af­ter dab­bling in against-type roles in Hol­ly­wood block­busters War of the Worlds and Edge of To­mor­row, the 55-year-old has re­sorted to his love­able, in­vul­ner­a­ble hero per­sona – ex­cept this one has come a few years too late.

It is some­thing that ap­pears to have been con­cocted as a ve­hi­cle to so­lid­ify the box of­fice pull of Chris Pine, Hemsworth or Evans; some­thing Cruise would have done in his hey­day.

While en­gag­ing in gun­play in Iraq (com­plete with comedic one-lin­ers), army men Nick Mor­ton (Tom Cruise) and Chris Vail (Jake John­son) ac­ci­den­tally un­cover the tomb of a par­tic­u­larly nasty and power-hun­gry an­cient Egyp­tian princess Ah­manet (Sofia Boutella).

She spots Nick and wishes to com­plete the task she be­gan thousands of years ago, to chan­nel evil into the body of a man. Cue the swarms of rats, sand­storms and hordes of walk­ing corpses.

Cruise runs, leaps and fights as per usual. As a show­case for his ath­leti­cism, The Mummy is im­pres­sive; he is like the En­er­gizer bunny.

But this ex­er­cise in hor­ror/ac­tion/com­edy is ul­ti­mately dull, de­spite the heavy use of CGI and fre­quent jolts from ex­tra-loud sound ef­fects.

The in­clu­sion of Crowe’s Dr Jekyll/mr Hyde is an at­tempt at world build­ing in­spired by Mar­vel and DC, but it is un­likely this will have the same im­pact if it takes off be­yond this in­stal­ment.

Even harder to swal­low, post-won­der Woman, is the un­der­used ‘brains’, ar­chae­ol­o­gist Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wal­lis). Halsey keeps up with Cruise with the run­ning, but you lose count how many times she is saved by him.

Tom Cruise and Rus­sell Crowe in The Mummy.

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