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“The Mummy” Review: Dark Universe Off to a Grim Start

THE MUMMY (2017) Review
Directed by Alex Kurtzman

To be fair, it is action-packed and at times, scares. But the whole experience is tedious. That may be what writer and director Alex Kurtzman is aiming for, because The Mummy is filled with what on paper, might look or sound exciting, it is a grand action-packed adventure starring none other than the ageless Tom Cruise.

If you’re expecting that this 2017 reboot will have the same treatment as the 1999 movie starring Brendan Frasier and Rachel Weisz, then you’ll probably get a heart attack for its jump scares, which are at times, effective.

But if you like the Brendan Frasier version of The Mummy, where it is can pass as a family adventure movie, then you’ll be disappointed.

Personally, I prefer the Brendan Frasier starrer than what Alex Kurtzman and the rest of  the Universal team had done with The Mummy, building a shared universe just because it is a thing. Even if that wasn’t their intention, the film came out to be something that is hard to watch. Not because of its scares but because the story has more than what it could handle.

This version of The Mummy is definitely scarier, one that uses mummies to actually kill and not something just to be fought off for the film’s running time. But building its scares, building the universe it wants to create made the film overstuffed. Overstuffed with characters and complications that hope feels absent in the film, that there isn’t a chance to win, that maybe it’s better to give up (but of course, that isn’t how the film ended).

This isn’t the Tom Cruise we usually see wherein he, and him alone can carry the whole film just by running and fighting. He’s amazing with the almost impossible action scenes, but his character doesn’t feel alive, doesn’t feel like someone who wants or pursues for something. It feels like he’s on the wrong place at the wrong time and he has no clue of what to do. And that is not the Tom Cruise we know.

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2 OUT OF 5 STARS

2 stars

“The Mummy” is now showing in cinemas nationwide in 2D, 3D, 4D and IMAX 3D from United International Pictures, locally distributed by Columbia Pictures. Rated R-13 by the MTRCB.

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