The Mummy 2017 Features An Easter Egg From Brendan Fraser's Movies

Movie reviews: The Mummy, Norman, The Shack

Perhaps foremost, while "The Mummy" does indeed bring to mind a monster, it's actually Frankenstein, as the movie feels pieced together from other parts.

"The Mummy" opens in the US on June 9. Filming for The Mummy took place in England and Namibia throughout 2016.

And never mind that no one is exactly clamoring for the big screen return of "The Mummy" - the movie gods (er, Universal Studios execs) have decreed it is time for another "Mummy" movie and summertime deems that a big blockbuster must open every week. Unlike his contemporary, Brad Pitt, who evolved to take on more challenging roles as he grew older, Cruise is still stuck in the rose-tinted action nostalgia of the 90s that began with the release of Mission Impossible.

This new Mummy stars Tom Cruise as an American soldier who stumbles across an ancient Egyptian tomb in present-day Iraq while trying to loot antiquities. An action-adventure shared cinematic universe sounds interesting, but this first entry is so tone-deaf that one wonders if audiences will even care about future films. No, this film is not as goofy-fun as the 1999 Brendan Fraser romp, and even far-superior CGI and a lack of The Rock don't make up for a dragging plot, god-awful writing and another forgettable turn from Cruise.

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The actress" latest movie "The Mummy' was another chance for Sofia to play alongside stars like Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, and Annabelle Wallis. You can't really blame them. Once meant to headline a new series of modern remakes, the studio instead chose to make this year's "The Mummy" the first reboot in the "Dark Universe", a shared world that connects all of these new films in a joint development of crossover stories, characters, etc.

And Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll. The only character who has some sort of arc going is Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella), but her main goal is to just have sex with Tom Cruise's Nick Morton (it doesn't bode well when the first word used to describe her is "beautiful"). The fact that his character can be both good and evil also sets up a certain amount of intrigue for the Dark Universe - will Dr Jekyll convince the monsters he encounters to fight for good, or will his evil side prevail instead? A fight between Nick and a transforming Jekyll/Hyde is the movie's most entertaining, playful scene, even though it has nearly no bearing on the story. We get lots of nods to a bigger world, but again it is not fully fleshed out. This one, directed by Alex Kurtzman and starring Tom Cruise, is an unholy mess.

I'm not about to write off the Dark Universe based on this first misstep.

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