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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS | FILM - DC

Di­rected by Alex Kurtz­man. Star­ring Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wal­lis,

Rus­sell Crowe Largely use­less re­boot of the Uni­ver­sal hor­ror sta­ple con­cern­ing an an­cient Egyp­tian (Boutella, good) caus­ing

havoc in the present day. Cruise is work­ing so hard at con­vinc­ing us he can still be Cruise that he finds no time to cre­ate a char­ac­ter. Wal­lis has noth­ing to do as the mor­tal fe­male lead. Huge sec­tions of the back­story are ex­plained in car­pets of ex­po­si­tion that turn much of the open­ing act into an il­lus­trated lec­ture. Don’t bother. 15A cert, gen re­lease, 110 min

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