The Mummy Rises, We Fall (Asleep)

19th Jun 17 | Entertainment News

Last week, Universal's favourite TP-wrapped monster was resurrected once again for a big screen outing, but was it able to breath any new life into the horror property?

Tom Cruise stars as Nick Morton, a soldier of fortune that unearths the ancient tomb of Princess Ahmanet in Iraq, who was buried alive after killing her father, his wife, and their baby, and attempting to allow an ancient evil a human form. Along with archaeologist Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis) and his partner Chris (Jake Johnson), the trio release the supernatural princess, who seeks to continue her dark ritual and take her place as ruler of the world.

It's very hard not to compare The Mummy 2017 to the Brendan Fraiser films of the 90s/00s, but those action-packed fun fests are still so fresh in the memory of so many viewers that it's hard not to be reminded of exactly what a good Mummy film could be, as opposed to this damp and dreary attempt to kick-start the Universal 'Dark Universe' while forgetting to make an entertaining film. Not even the usually-reliable but here horrendously unbelievable/unrelatable Tom Cruise can save this film from it's greatest foe; boredom. 

Though the film kicks off with gusto, including jumping timelines to show the Princess' initial plots and some business with the Crusades, an action-packed sequence in a small Iraq town, and some genuinely inventive battles with zombies in the British countryside, the film completely falls flat and loses any momentum come the halfway mark. In fact, you can time the downturn to the appearance of Russell Crowe, who doesn't necessarily do a bad job with his role, but is so pointless that you could remove his character with zero repercussions.

Without spoiling anything, the film takes on a dingy blue aesthetic once it hits the UK. A tone that seems to depress the film itself for it's remaining runtime. Not even the blatant homage to the buddy in An American Werewolf In London can take The Mummy out of its funk.

The film isn't smart enough to be interesting, and it isn't action-packed enough to be fun. This Mummy could have stood to not have been resurrected.

The Mummy is in cinemas nationwide now.

Richard Waters (@RichMWaters)

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