Universal’s The Mummy franchise has been given a remake after its original release in 1999, which eventually went on to be made into a trilogy with follow up films in 2001 and 2008 staring Brendan Fraser.
18 years later, director Alex Kurtzman has adapted a fresh remake of the film, however with a not so fresh lead actor, in 54-year-old Tom Cruise. Acting alongside Cruise in the title film are Annabel Wallis, Sofia Boutella and Russell Crowe.
The film begins with Cruise’s character Nick, a black market dealer part of a special military team who stumble upon a 5000-year-old Egyptian tomb. One thing leads to another, before Cruise and his team ‘accidentally’ anger the gods and awaken the revenge seeking mummy, Princess Ahmanet, played by Sofia Boutella.
If you’ve seen any of the original Mummy films, you’d know it wouldn’t be right if one of the characters didn’t fall under some kind of eternal curse, and of course Cruise’s character just happens to be in the wrong place at the right time. Princess Ahmanet summons the God of evil and puts a curse on Nick, that leaves him infatuated with her and under her command. What follows is a confusing love triangle between Nick, a young blonde archaeologist, and a 5000-year-old mummy.
The first 20-30 minutes of the film were surprisingly engaging and action packed with a plot that actually seemed to have potential, however things took a bad turn about halfway and suddenly looked like it had been taken out of an episode of The Walking Dead. There were a lot of unnecessary and forced attempts at comedy throughout the film, which didn’t really have a place in the intended horror/thriller genre.
While parts of the film definitely entertained and created suspenseful viewing, the overall outcome of the film left the impression that The Mummy Trilogy wasn’t asking for a remake. Perhaps their worst move was choosing an outdated actor like Tom Cruise who has already starred in his fair share of Hollywood franchises.
Just like the 5000-year-old Princess Ahmanet, The Mummy franchise is probably something that was best left untouched and buried deep in the ground.