Friday, 9 June 2017

The Mummy Film Review

I caught The Mummy today, directed by Alex Kurtzman and starring Tom Cruise. A very naughty Egyptian princess called Ahmanet, played by the spellbinding Sofia Boutella, is unhappy with how her future looks, and seeks the help of evil to change it. For her sins she is mummified alive and condemned to a mercury grave far from Egypt.

Meanwhile during the present day Crossrail excavations of London, a tomb full of crusader knights is found. While in Iraq Ahmanet's tomb is discovered by Tom's bad boy Nick Morton, and his buddy the very funny (Let's Be CopsJake Johnson. Archeologist Jenny Halsey, played by the lovely Annabelle Wallis, ensures the sarcophagus is taken to London for research.

Ahmanet has an immediate connection with Nick's mind. Attracted to his questionable ethics and moral code she shows him the past and future as her Chosen One. Get ready for a bumpy ride to London. With spectacular zero gravity sets and stunts they arrive one way or another. Dead and/or alive.

But this is the London of Russell Crowe's Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, of Night of the Living Dead and fantastical monsters, gods and evil curses. It was certainly very trippy and I don't much care for rats. Kudos to Tom if that was actually him under there.

But I thought it was terrific fun. And another great blockbuster movie from Alex Kurtzman. Tom getting knocked about by an ancient mummy and a character from gothic fiction, but still managing to be a good guy underneath all the evil. He doesn't seem to age and still looks as good as he did as Maverick in 86's Top Gun. And that body takes some effort to maintain. Great job.

This is the first in a new line of monster movies including Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man and more mummies. And I'm looking forward to seeing them all.

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