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Don Reviews "The Mummy"

I dread the day when they try to re-make “Jaws” or “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” as these films hold a special place with me and could simply not capture my imagination as a remake or reboot could. Now, here comes the first film in the new and upcoming Universal Monster, "Dark Universe" Series.

“The Mummy” is the new film directed by Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Transformers). Starring Tom Cruise (Top Gun, Jerry Maguire), Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Star trek Beyond), Annabelle Wallis (Annabelle, X-Men: First Class), Russell Crowe (A Beautiful Mind, Gladiator), Jake Johnson (New Girl, Jurassic World), Courtney B Vance (12 Angry Men, The Hunt for Red October), And Marwan Kenzari (Ben-Hur, The Promise), it is the story of Nick (Cruise), a soldier who is searching for fortune in Iraq and stumbles on a hidden Egyptian tomb. Joined by an archeologist named Jenny (Wallis), they take a sarcophagus that turns out to be an ancient evil princess named Ahmanet (Boutella) back for study, while another tomb of Crusaders is discovered in London. In this process, they end up releasing Ahmanet, who is on a mission to release the god of war and she can have everlasting life and reclaimed the throne that she thought was rightfully hers.

There is a lot of CGI in this film, but it was not in overload, as I did not really notice after a while, which is a compliment. There are some great outdoor scenes, especially in the desert, but the thing that blew me away were the underwater scenes, bringing the action to a different level. We were able to screen the film in 3-D (which did enhance the film), but I do not know if it is worth the extra cost. There are 4 basic main characters of Cruise, Boutella, Wallis, and Crowe who do fine as the leads, especially Crowe and Boutella, who makes her presence on the film in more of her actions and mannerisms than in vocals, just like she did in “Kingsman: The Secret Service”. I have to give a shout out a Johnson, who plays Nicks sidekick through the film, whose comedic timing really enhances the film.

This film will not get any Best Screenplay nominations for writing, but it was still good. The film is almost two hours long, but does not drag with its bits of action throughout the film. It kept me interested from a leave-your-brain-at-the-door aspect. This is also planned to be the first in a franchise known as the “Dark Universe,” so it kind of left things open for the future films. Overall I did like this film and it will be interesting to see how they do in the future films, and I am glad they made it. I recommend this film as a weekend afternoon screening at the theaters.

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