Cruise can’t save re­boot

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - THE TICKET - The Mummy (15) ●●●●● Cult of Chucky (18) ●●●●● Ti­tle rat­ing

This un­even, medi­ocre and, at times, down­right dull romp is a poor start for Univer­sal’s new Dark Uni­verse se­ries.

Tom Cruise is fine as the In­di­ana Jones-esque lead; it’s every­thing else that’s the prob­lem. Sofia Boutella’s monster lacks men­ace and ful­lyfleshed char­ac­ters take a back seat to wonky magic and sloppy script­ing. The de­mon doll’s sev­enth out­ing is one of his worst, and strangest, yet.

De­spite be­ing in­ex­pli­ca­bly given pre­vi­ously un­seen pow­ers, Chucky feels more tired than ever and his tar­gets look like they’d rather be else­where.

The un­bal­anced plot hur­tles to­wards an end­ing that teases a more in­trigu­ing eighth en­try.

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