‘Welcome to a new world of gods and monsters’
The Mummy is a 2017 American action adventure horror 3D film co-produced and directed by Alex Kurtzman (Cowboys & Aliens; Sleepy Hollow; Venom) from a screenplay written by Jon Spaihts and Billy Ray for Universal Pictures. The film is being co-produced by Chris Morgan and Sean Daniel.
The film stars Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance and Russell Crowe (Dr. Henry Jekyll).
With a reported budget of $125 million, The Mummy was released on June 9, 2017. By June 26, Box Office Mojo was reporting that worldwide income amounted to $342,120,570.
The Mummy is the first of their Universal classic monsters to be rebooted with rumours that Bride of Frankenstein may star Angelina Jolie. The classic monsters are expected to appear in each other’s movies before culminating in an Avengers-style all-star film.
Navy Seals led by Tyler Colt (Tom Cruise) goes on a mission in the Iraqi desert to find a group of terrorists hiding out in a bunker. However, their prey turns out to be mere grave robbers who have all magically died, and when they go inside the bunker Tyler and his team also succumb to some mystical forces out of their control, which is when they realise they are actually in an ancient tomb.
While his men end up turning on each other, Cruise’s character is the only one make it all the way deep within the tomb alive and find an ominous black iron sarcophagus. After he tries to open it he is stabbed in the palm and his mind is cursed with visions of Ashurbanipal, King of Assyria, more informally known as The Mummy…
In the UK, The Mummy is unleashed on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD on 23 October 2017.
Reviews [may contain spoilers]:
” …I found something almost admirable about the film’s cheek. It’s amazingly relentless in its naked borrowing from other, better horror and sci-fi movies that I was able to keep occupied making a checklist of the movies referenced.” Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com
“The Mummy is a literal-minded, bumptious monster mash of a movie. It keeps throwing things at you, and the more you learn about the ersatz intricacy of its “universe,” the less compelling it becomes.” Owen Gleiberman, Variety
“Like Van Helsing, it’s an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink movie, with mummies, Jekyll and Hyde, and zombies, too. The director, Alex Kurtzman, keeps the action hurtling forward, but the fight scenes have no witty filips, no dash, and there’s so much CGI that the movie feels prefab.” David Edelstein, Vulture
“An odd but frothily entertaining genre cocktail, which coasts on the charisma of its two biggest names and keeps things just fun enough to forgive its considerable lapses in narrative.” Dan Jolin, Empire
“It never finds an agreeable balance between the action, horror, or comedic elements that are all fighting for our attention. By contrast, Stephen Sommers’ ’99 effort was much more capable at juggling its jaunty sense of humor with its creepier aspects. There are some horror sequences that work on a very basic level in Kurtzman’s film…” Eric Walkuski, Arrow in the Head
“I wish I had something more profound to describe just how atrocious this movie is. The Mummy is a monster mash-up of ideas from anywhere David Koepp could steal from–and all those ideas meshed together causes the plot to go belly up. The big reveal at the end is so cringeworthy I almost broke my Coccyx from clenching my butt cheeks together in anger.” Valerie Complex, Hypable
“In the end, having encouraged us to cheer for Tom Cruise as an all-around hero, the film tries to have it both ways and confer upon him some of the sepulchral glamour of evil, and he almost has something Lestat-ish or vampiric about him. Yet the film really won’t make up its mind. It’s a ragbag of action scenes which needed to be bandaged more tightly.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“The Mummy isn’t completely rotten, but given its heritage and larger ambition it feels frustratingly generic and unfulfilling. There are moments where it reaches out for horror and produces something interesting and distinct from Hollywood’s other blockbusters, but those moments are buried beneath unremarkable and, by the end, tedious action sequences.” Daniel Krupa, IGN
“All it has to offer is silly ideas (the mummy is buried in mercury), impressive-in-the-trailer / meaningless-in-the-movie images (the snarling giant sandstorm face is lifted from the 1999 Mummy) and loose ends to be picked up later (including whatever the hell Russell Crowe’s deeply unimpressive Jekyll-and-Hyde is doing). Honestly, the franchise was better served by Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955).” Kim Newman, Sight & Sound
Cast and characters:
- Tom Cruise as Nick Morton
- Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll
Annabelle Wallis as Jenny Halsey
- Sofia Boutella as Princess Ahmanet / The Mummy
- Jake Johnson as Sergeant Chris Vail
- Courtney B. Vance as Colonel Greenway
- Marwan Kenzari as Malik
- Simon Atherton as Crusader
- Javier Botet as Set
- Selva Rasalingam as King Menehptre
- Dylan Smith as Lorenzo Montanari
- Sohm Kapila as Reporter
- Sean Cameron Michael as Archaeologist
- Rez Kempton as Foreman
- Chasty Ballesteros as Kira Lee
Namib Desert, Namibia
Natural History Museum, South Kensington, London, England, UK
Old Central St. Martins, 12-48 Southampton Row, London, England, UK
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
The Warrington, 93 Warrington Crescent, Maida Vale, London, England, UK
Waverley Abbey, Surrey, England, UK
Winterfold Forest, Surrey, England, UK