Benjamin Maio Mackay
The Mummy - 3.5 Stars
Tom Cruise shines in a remake of the 1930s classic!
An ancient princess is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.
Universal is creating a “Dark Universe” comprised of all their classics monsters, like Frankenstein, Dr Jekyll/Mr Hyde, Invisible Man and The Mummy. The first insalment is frivolous fun. The script isn’t intelligent, but the action sequences are epic, the comedy genuinely funny and Tom Cruise is at his best. The line between Cruise and his characters is drawing ever thiner and there’s actually a moment in an action sequence where Annabelle Wallis’ character yells “run Tom!” I’m amazed nobody picked this up in post, but it was even funnier!
Russell Crowe has diction and accent problems, but his Jekyll/Hyde is one of my on-screen favourites. Wallis’ character has promise and I look forward to seeing her character expanded in future films. Her rapport with Cruise is excellent. Sofia Boutella’s Mummy is hauntingly menacing, a true villain of old. The visual effects are great and Jake Johnson provides excellent comic relief.
Overall it’s about time they put Tom Cruise in a zombie movie and this is the perfect vessel to launch Universal’s Dark Universe.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Universal Entertainment