The Mummy remake was a film that I wasn’t aware was being remade. When the poster went up in work it was the first time I knew anything about the film. The poster was really eye-catching and made me want to watch the film. But that was all I knew of it. The fact it was starring Tom Cruise was a deterrent for me as I’m not his biggest fan and only enjoy a few of his films. But I stumbled upon an interview of him talking about The Mummy and knew I had to watch it.
Nick Morton is a soldier who plunder’s ancient sites for timeless artifacts and sells them to the highest bidder on the black market. When Nick and his partner come under attack in the Middle East, the battle accidentally unearths Ahmanet, a betrayed Egyptian Princess who was entombed under the desert for thousands of years. With her Powers growing, Nick Morton must now stop the resurrected monster as she embarks on a rampage through the streets of London.
I Avoided watching any of the trailers or reading anything about the film, wanting to be surprised. With avoiding the trailers but wanting to watch the film, I wasn’t sure that I would even like it. All I had to go on was the poster and a interview with Tom Cruise. But boy was I wrong. All my preconceived ideas were smashed out the window within the first ten minutes of the film starting.
What made this film was the unexpected. The dialogue is threaded with hilarity from the first few minutes up to the last credit rolls. Tom Cruise plays a character that trys to be glib throughout, even when being chaced by the undead shouting “Not the face”.
The ending was something that I didn’t expect to happen. It’s not your typical they save the world from the crazed mummy (yes this does happen) but there’s an unexpected twist to the plot. A twist that will lead us more into Universals Dark Universe.
The Mummy is the first film by universal that will be a part of The Dark Universe. The Dark Universe is Universals new project bringing back to life the old monsters using a modern twist. It is similar to DC and Marvel’s interlinking superhero films.
Russel Crowe is given the job of merging these films together and setting up the foundation for these films to be linked. He plays Dr. Henry Jekyll, who is the leader of a secret society whose job it is to hunt monsters for research and the ultimately treat them as something that can be cured.
Changing it up and making the undead villain a women was a nice touch even though she was created to be a raging man eater, chasing Nick because she decided he was the chosen one. This was only a slight blip in the reinvention of what is a scary assed Mummy
The Mummy is a great first addition into Universals Dark Universe franchise, giving us hints at what is to come. Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy reinvents its predecessor and brings it into the modern era adding a few twists and turns along the way (A English ambulance being chased by mummy’s is unreal).