Friday, 23 June 2017

The Mummy (2017) Review

The Mummy

Release Date: 8th June 2017 - Australia 

Production Companies
Universal Pictures 
Perfect World Pictures (in association with)
Secret Hideout
Conspiracy Factory
Sean Daniel Company

Universal Pictures Australia

Genre: Action/Adventure 
Rating: M

Runtime: 111 minutes

Budget: $125,000,000

Box Office Gross: $409,231,607 (Worldwide)

Plot Summary 
Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.

Tom Cruise - Nick Morton
Sofia Boutella - Ahmanet
Annabelle Wallis - Jenny Halsey
Jake Johnson - Chris Vail
Courtney B. Vance - Col. Greenway
Russell Crowe - Henry Jekyll
Marwan Kenzari - Malik
Javier Botet - Set
Selva Rasalingam - King Menehptre

Screen Story/Producer/
Director - Alex Kurtzman
Screen Story - Jon Spaihts and Jenny Lumet
Screenplay - David Koepp, Christopher McQuarrie and Dylan Kussman
Executive Producers - Jeb Brody and Roberto Orci
Producers - Sarah Bradshaw, Sean Daniel and Chris Morgan
Production Designers - Jon Hutman and Dominic Watkins
Special Makeup Effects Designer - David White
Director of Photography - Ben Seresin
2nd Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator - Wade Eastwood
Special Effects Supervisor - Dominic Tuhoy
Visual Effects Supervisors - Asregadoo Arundi,
Erik Nash, Darren Poe and Edson Williams
Visual Effects Supervisor: ILM - Pablo Helman
Visual Effects Supervisor: MPC - Greg Butler
Animation Supervisor: ILM - Glen McIntosh
Film Editors - Gina & Paul Hirsch and Andrew Mondshein
Music - Brian Tyler

During the 1920s to the late 1950s, Universal Studios produced most of the classic horror movies that were iconic and have nostalgic qualities for people who grew up with these movies. There were several iconic monsters in Hollywood to choose from like Hunchback, The Phantom, Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy and The Invisible Man just to name a few. Recently, Universal Studios has announced that they will be creating a line of monster movies in the form of the Dark Universe which will overlap in the sense that these characters will make appearances in the same way that happens in the universes of Marvel and DC. The Dark Universe was now created to resurrect the classic ghouls that once haunted the silver screen in their new reawakening. Unfortunately, the first of these remakes for the new franchise was 2017's THE MUMMY which has a dismal profit at the box office. 

Unlike the previous interpretations that includes the 1932 classic and the loose remake of the trilogy, it was a hollow, overblown and misguided attempt to thirdly re-embrace the titular character's origins and the supernatural themes. Audiences weren't interested in the new revitalisation of an iconic monster that was less mummified and swapped of its gender. The feature of its story is too wrapped with exposition and some of the plot points were unnecessarily added to the beginning of a newly rejuvenated universe of scary monsters by Universal.

The aging star Tom Cruise should be ashamed for starring in this unrelenting big-budgeted picture. He is not to blame for his large career setback and though he took the fall when it should have been
the writer/director Alex Kurtzman's. He still has a touch of charisma left from his middle-aged looks, but was unable to save a remake that is beyond worth saving. Russell Crowe was featured in the supporting cast as the mysterious Dr. Jekyll as the character was borrowed from an classic novel. Sofia Boutella delights in her acting playfulness with sheer fright and seduction as Ahnamet, the undead Princess of Egypt.

THE MUMMY has a few scares to terrify the moviegoers but not able to thrill them into the completely forgettable monster-mash. I advise viewers who have and haven't seen the campy fun of the 1999 remake see this film one time and not bother to rewatch it. Otherwise if you are looking for a good monster movie, rewatch THE MUMMY trilogy instead.

Star rating: (4/10) Below Average

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