The Mummy [2017] ★★

It wouldn’t be completely unfair to call the new “Mummy” movie pointless. After all, if you want to reboot a series, at least do it right. I’m a sucker for the original Universal monster films, made famous by Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi in the early 1930’s. That’s not to say that these movies are irreplaceable, but again, if you want to bring this interconnected monster universe into the 21st century, give us something worth cheering for. It seems that the people behind “The Mummy” have no faith in their story, so they throw in enough cliches for two movies. Too bad, because the film starts out well enough, as we meet Tom Cruise as Nick Morton, a hustler in antiquities who accidentally stumbles upon a 3000 year-old tomb. Can you guess what happens next? Obviously. Never mind that we’ve seen this story so many times before, I was still hoping for something more memorable. After a solid first half, the movie turns into a giant mess of CGI and repetitive action scenes. Worse, Tom Cruise sleepwalks his way through the final act, and director Alex Kurtzman doesn’t deliver a thing worth preserving. The ending sets the stage for Universal’s upcoming “Dark Universe”, which will feature “Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde”, “Frankenstein” and “The Invisible Man”. Needless to say, it’s been a misfire thus far.



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