Movie Review: “The Mummy” (2017)

Tom Cruise stars as Nick Morton, a soldier in the U.S. Army, on patrol in Iraq (Mesopotamia). He and Sergeant Vail (Jake Johnson) attempt to find the lost city of Haram filled with antiquities when they come under fire from insurgent fighters. They call in an airstrike and the fighters run off, but left behind is a crater that opens to an Egyptian tomb. Jenny Halsey, an archaeologist (Annabelle Wallis), explores the tomb with Nick and finds a sarcophagus that remains intact and imprisoned in the tomb. They retrieve it before the insurgents return and get it out of country. Inside is a mummy of a woman, the princess Ahmanet, now over 5,000 years old (played by Sofia Boutella).

The movie actually begins in London when a catacomb of tombs is found. Templar knights from the Crusades were entombed and the gravesite was untouched until found during a digging project. The connection to the Mummy comes later when it’s brought to London for research. However, the Mummy wants something the knights have buried with them and comes to life to find it.

It turns out that the Mummy also selects Nick to be the chosen one since he was the one who freed her from her prison. In return, she wants to make him a god.

I didn’t understand why it was necessary to make Russell Crowe’s character, Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, but it did make it more unique. I’d call this a zombie movie because dead people were walking around killing live ones so if you like that sort of film, you’d like this film. I was entertained, but it wasn’t my favorite of the year.

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