Film Review

The Mummy : Review

The Mummy… The story of An ancient princess, named Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella – Star Trek: Beyond, Kingsman: The Secret Service), is awakened from her crypt beneath the deserts of Iraq, by Nick Morton (Tom Cruise – Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation). This brings with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

Boutella is magnificent as the resurrected Ahmanet, bringing yet more variance to her mystic and physicality used in her acting. Cruise on the other hand is doing Cruise, not adding much to what we’ve seen in other films.

This attempt to bring the original film, with Rick O’Connell (Brendan Fraser) as the lead character, however it falls way short on so many aspect, especially a lack of story and logic. One is left with many questions about the possibility of things, at the end of all too many scenes.

The appearance of Dr. Jekyll (Russell Crowe – Noah) is also a mystery, or a plant for sequels, but there is next to no difference between him, and his alter-ego Mr. Hyde, save for some gruffness in the voice. This should have been either an all out change, or skipped. If there can be outlandish mummy’s walking about, why stop there, and why not just bring out the evil of Hyde.

A sad, unfortunate attempt at yet another remake. A story that should have been left buried for some archaeologist to one day dig up, and fear. There is not much more to say about The Mummy, other than to just avoid it. There is plenty of other entertainment to go enjoy.

The Mummy opens 9 June 2017 in South African cinemas.


By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers.

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