Nick Morton is a soldier of fortune who plunders ancient sites for timeless artefacts and sells them to the highest bidder. When Nick and his partner come under attack in the Middle East, the ensuing battle accidentally unearths Ahmanet, a betrayed Egyptian princess who was entombed under the desert for thousands of years. With her powers constantly evolving, Morton must now stop the resurrected monster as she embarks on a furious rampage through the streets of London.
I was super surprised at how awesome this movie was. Initially I had no idea what to expect from The Mummy when I went to see it. All I knew was that it wasn’t a remake or continuation of the Mummy movies starring Brandon Frasier. Instead what we got was a dark, action packed, mummy-filled adventure.
The Mummy is the first in a series of movies to come from Universals’ new Dark Universe range, and it really was evident that this movie was a “set-up” for future movies. Dark Universe is doing what Marvel and DC have been doing for the past few years now, where they’re keeping their characters and movies ‘in-universe’, having characters crossover to other movies, or leading up to bigger movies like Marvel did with The Avengers, and DC are doing with Justice League. What exactly the Dark Universe movies will lead up to has yet to be revealed, if at all, but speculation would have you believe it will be something like Alan Moore’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, especially considering we had a run in with Russell Crowe as Dr. Jeckyll/Mr. Hyde. Russell Crowe’s character was, for comparisons sake, the Nick Fury of this new Dark Universe, where it appears he will be the one that will bring this collection of characters together. Who are we to expect? On initial search, it would appear we’re getting at least six or seven other Dark Universe movies (Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Invisible Man, Phantom of the Opera, Bride of Frankenstein, Frankenstein, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame), and like I mentioned, whether they will all tie-in together is yet to be revealed.
The dark aspect to the movie was great. There were plenty of great jump scare aspects throughout the movie, but if there was one thing that didn’t work for me, was that it was trying to be too many movies at once. When I first came out of the theatre after seeing the movie, I thought this was great, but now, not so much. One minute it was a dark, scary mummy movie, and then it was an action thriller setting up the basis for a series of future movies. I question if this worked or not, and at the minute I’m conflicted between yes, it did, and no, it didn’t.
The cast were brilliant. Normally I wouldn’t be a fan of Tom Cruise, the last movie I watched with him in it being the 2005 remake of War of the Worlds, which isn’t great if I’m totally honest, but he was actually very good here in the Mummy, and I can’t say I fault his performance. Jake Johnson’s character added just the right amount of a comedy element to the movie without being too much, and I loved his character in New Girl. Annabelle Wallis was perfect as the love interest in the story, and I like that they didn’t do the cliché hero gets the girl at the end of the day (spoiler?). Sofie Boutella played Ahmanet perfectly—I couldn’t fault her at all, and Russell Crowe, was Dr. Jekyll, and he played the part perfectly.
The Mummy made for a great movie overall, if you take away the Dark Universe aspects, it will make for a great movie franchise, if they do make a second or third movie. If you’re not interested in the whole Dark Universe movie tie-in, I think The Mummy still makes for a great movie, and getting a bit of fight in there with Mr. Hyde is just the cherry on top!