The Mummy (Alex Kurtzman, 2017) 2.5/5
Tom Cruise. Love him or hate him, he knows how to market himself and the films that he is in. Usually however, they are fresher adventures with a much greater need to rexamination. With the last film in this franchise The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor receiving a rather damning response, Kurtzman’s reboot can’t quite improve on this either.
As the introduction to the Dark Universe, where Universal are resurrecting all of their favourite monsters of the past, it isn’t an altogether smooth ride of quality. The intentions seem to distance itself from the previous Brendan Fraser-Rachel Weisz starrers, however, by stripping away the camp self-awareness of these, you are left with a bit of a damp squib.
The screenplay by David Koepp, Christopher McQuarrie and Dylan Kussman feels like they all had very different visions and in the end is a tad muddled. There is no consistency in tone, characters seems to be flailing around the desert and London is destroyed in a sand storm for no apparent reason (where did the sand even come from?).
Sofia Boutella throws herself admirably into the role of Princess Ahmanet, but there is very little to flesh out of a character that is half dead to begin with.
In sum, this first installment of the Dark Universe is a little bit fumbling. Tom Cruise is simply Ethan Hunt in the desert and in order for this particular franchise to succeed, please can we have a more coherent plot?