Chris’ Movie Review: The Mummy (2017)

Chris’ Movie Review

The Mummy (2017)

Rating: 4/10 (Sub Par)

Recommendation: Skip It

Tom Cruise in an summer Blockbuster? No way. Let’s go check that out….

I regret doing movie reviews as a hobby sometimes.

The Mummy stars Tom Cruise (Nick Morton), Russell Crowe (Dr. Henry Jekyll), Annabelle Wallis (Jenny Halsey), Jake Johnson (Chris Vail), and Sofia Boutella (Ahmanet).

Plot Summary

Nick and Chris are theives. While they’re on a scavenger​ hunt for treasure, they come across a group of terrorists. They get caught in the middle of cross fire and Chris calls in an air strike. In doing so, the missile blows up an opening to an Egyptian tomb. Nick and Chris are joined by Jenny, an archeologist, to explore what’s inside. But, little did they know, they opened a grave that was never meant to be discovered.

Now Nick, Chris, and Jenny must fight the new evil they’ve unleashed into the world, also while Nick fights the curse within himself.

Review

The Mummy is one of those really generic action movies that gets put out every summer to make a buck. The plot isn’t very important. The characters are left to really basic stereotypes. And the actors can choose whether or not they want to put effort into the film.

For starters, Tom Cruise does his Tom Cruise acting. It’s not bad, he’s actually pretty decent, but it’s what you expect from an Tom Cruise action flick. He comes in, runs a little, gives his half open mouth look, and gives a few snarky lines. And, even with his typical tropes, he’s the most compelling character of the bunch.

The writers really didn’t put a lot of thought into the characters of this film. Each one is a trope and there’s​ nothing exciting or interesting about the individual. They’re cardboard cutouts of characters you’ve seen before, stuck in a movie, that you’ve seen before.

The plot of this film is sort of a mess. While it’s easy to get the gist of what’s going on, the details are just dull or hard to understand. When the story starts to dive into itself, it just becomes uninteresting and confusing, and you want the movie too just get back into the action because those sections are at least compelling to watch…. Well, not all of them.

The ending is awfully boring and uneventful. Throughout the film, Tom is fighting Sofia and the tension keeps building upon itself, giving you the expectation that the concluding battle is going to be epic…. But it’s not. The finale is nothing more than a simple slap across the face and a 3 minute fix to the problem. Which is super disappointing considering how much build up was given in the rest of the movie. That and you’ve just sat through 2 hours of mediocre crap for a lackluster ending.

Now the only true reason to see this film is because of the action scenes (Other than the ending). These scenes are captivating, thrilling to watch, and Tom Cruise really sells each scene. The tension and emotion from Tom really gives these scenes an edge and it’ll make grip your seat a little bit throughout. But only a little bit. It’s not Edge Of Tomorrow or anything like that.

Overall

The Mummy (2017) is a sub par action movie that is only there for you to waste your money at theaters. You may get a few cheap thrills but there’s nothing of substance here.

The action scenes can be good. Once in awhile there’s a good line or two. And Tom Cruise does give it his all. But the characters are generic, the plot of messy, and the ending is extremely underwhelming.

In all honesty, go watch Wonder Woman. And if you’ve already seen it, go watch it again. You’ll get your money’s worth that way.

As usual, thanks for reading!

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