“Welcome to a new world of gods and monsters.”
- What is this movie about?
An ancient princess is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.
- Why should you (NOT) watch it?
First of all, this was supposed to be a movie about a mummy. Kind of the one we had back in 1999 (a masterpiece by the way), but sadly we find ourselves in front of the new mission impossible movie. Where the main star is Tom and the rest of things are mere decorations.
This movie faces a big issue: its plot. As per the promotions we saw, it kind of looked like the story was going to be like in the 00s movies. They find a mummy. The mummy awakes. And hell hath no fury. But what happens here is: They find a mummy. The mummy awakes. And then we no longer now if we are in a story of Egyptian mummies or about Black Lagoon Things. The characters are not well-developed. They are flat characters that no one will feel connected at all and they don’t seem to move forward through the film. Plus the story also moves too fast; there isn’t any deep story or anything interesting for the audience, just plain action and silly dialogues.
The story looked promising at first. At least for the first 5 min until the appearance of the female character. No I am not talking about the mummy but about a kind of Lara Croft that suddenly appears and never leaves and who, by the way, is playing the though one but is just a useless damsel in distress. So we could have managed without her in here. Then there is a big problem: Tom Cruise’s character. It looked like they wanted to make a modern Rick O’Connell version but it became agent Ethan Hunt and remember, this is not a Mission Impossible movie, but a mummy one!!!
The whole action and whole story is focused on him and at some point we really don’t care at all about him. We just want to see the badass mummy in action. Sadly, the best performance of the movie, that would be the mummy from the tittle, almost doesn’t happen. We get to see a bit of her and a bit of action, or shall I say more horror than action, as they wanted to recover the spirit of the original movie. But it wasn’t enough. This is just a way to create a character and kill it before it even was born. Really a pity. They also introduce Dr Jekyll’s character preparing it for future movies of this “Dark Universe” as they call it, but it doesn’t look like we will be much interested at him in the future.
The only good thing about The Mummy is the mummy herself. If you watch the trailer below you will already now what happens through most the movie, so don’t waste your time nor your money.
- Did you know?
– This film is intended to be the first installment in a possible Universal Monsters shared universe, also known as “Dark Universe.”
– The zero gravity scene took sixty-four takes and was shot for two days in a falling plane. Reportedly, a lot of the crew got nauseous during the scene and vomited, except for the main stars, Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis, who were really proud of the stunt.
– The Mummy’s design and gender were altered due to Apocalypse’s look during the post-credit scene in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).
– The film’s tagline, “Welcome to a new world of gods and monsters,” is a quote from Bride of Frankenstein (1935), which was also produced by Universal.
– The film’s original plot was set in Iraq and followed a Navy SEAL and his team that battle mummies led by Ashurbanipal.
– At the fight in Dr. Jekylls office a big golden book falls out of one of the book cupboards. Clearly a link or reference to the “Golden Book of Amun-Ra” which was significant to the plot of the 1999 Mummy movie.
– The movie introduces Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyll, which will set up the character for a standalone film in Universal’s monster universe.