Tuesday, 13 June 2017

MOVIE REIVEW: THE MUMMY



7/10

Treasure hunter, Nick Morton, stumbles on a secret tomb that was supposed to imprison an evil princess Ahmanet. When he accidentally releases the monster he unleashes an evil that can take over the world. Nick, who is used to thinking only of himself, has to put his own interests aside and fight for his life and the lives of those around him. Will he be able to make the ultimate sacrifice to save the world?


THE MUMMY is an unapologetic summer blockbuster fairy tale that tries to borrow more from Indiana Jones movies than from Universal Studios classic monster tales. Unfortunately none of the set pieces, including the anti-gravity stunt, in a real plane nicknamed "vomit comet”, is a standout.


The movie has good pacing with a fine dosage of humour. Tom Cruise plays the comic version of his "action hero" type but comes up short on charisma at the times of need. Unfortunately, the chemistry between him and his leading lady Annabelle Wallis is non existent, but as protagonists they work well together.


Sofia Boutella as The Mummy is the real stand out here. She manages to inspire enough creepiness and tragedy to make this monster a well fleshed out character, but her motives are not always clear, and the final goal lacks logic. Would she really fight so hard to give the real power to someone else, in particular "a male"? That does not make a first ever female mummy a feminist, which is a real shame!


All in all THE MUMMY is breezy fun that does not shy away from horror when the script requires it. It's a horror film you can take your kids to and have a great time - This is the real value of the new MUMMY.

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