Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) and Chris Vail (Jake Johnson) they are in Iraq to dig up some treasures for the purpose of selling them on the black market. This is probably a very good deal, since the Islamics still want to destroy everything that represents history. Both can make a contribution to the preservation of culture and earn a few dollars in the process, but unfortunately, they discover something that should never have been found: the mummy of the pharaoh’s daughter. Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella) who was once buried alive. Her plan is still to conquer the world of the living in conjunction with Seth, the God of death. Now Nick next to the scientist Jenny HalseyAnnabelle Wallis and the Dr Jekyll (Russell Crowe) Ahmanet’s plans must be stopped.
The material is based on the 1932 film starring Boris Karloff and since then it has been repeated several times, most recently by Stephen Sommers in 1999. With this new version, the producer proposes the first chapter of a series on monsters and Gods. As a competitor to the successful Marvel franchises, Universal Pictures presents its universe made up of the Werewolf, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man and The Bride of Frankenstein. The hallmarks of these big, budget-heavy productions tend to have a tendency to be more and more distinguishable, adding unique features like familiar monsters and storylines that could present something different to the already familiar superhero universe. In “The Mummy” It is already evident that this new franchise will be based purely on the presence of well-known stars and where female characters are increasingly important. Mega star Tom Cruise embodies more of an anti-hero. He is the child image of Indiana Jones, reprimanded on several occasions by Halsey with whom he develops a strange love affair. Humor is not among the strong points of this version, a situation totally opposite to the version of Sommers and Brendan Fraser.
The call “Dark Universe” will present different movies, based on comics, where the characters (unlike other “universes”), will not fight together against a common enemy, but rather, in the style of the fabulous series Penny Dreadful, these will be related in some way that we don’t know yet, but for those who like this type of story, and know the characters, it could be interesting. It could also be a double-edged sword if the presentation of the other stories is given as this first proposal, since it is difficult to specify a single line of approach. The most interesting aspect of “The Mummy” is presented in the ending: Sometimes it takes a monster to stop a monster. That could mean a lot of gray areas in the future, where the “good guys” and “bad guys” will be put on trial.
The movie “The Mummy” is inexplicable. Most of the protagonists prefer to run away from situations instead of facing them and present the eternal fight between heroes and villains, even if these heroes are not very brave – just like Nick. Without falling into the net comparison, in the film of Fraser, Weitz, and Hannah they had personality, and we knew that the main character’s naivety about the danger was genuine, which gave the story some credibility. In the confrontation of a mortal against a being with powers, is where the real sense of heroism in this type of film lay, a faithful descendant of the Indiana Jones films. In fact, some of the humorous attempts of this new version fall into moments of tension where the public expects to be scared or surprised. Many of the jokes are anti-climatic, showing a certain narrative weakness of the director Alex Kurtzman (“People like us”, 2012).
Some of the conflicts between the characters, especially between Nick, Chris and Jenny, are interesting and give some shape to the first hour of the film. The problem here is that “The Mummy” doesn’t dare to be a comedy or a horror movie, or whatever it could be in any coherent way. The combination of scares and laughter, when it works, gives the public one of the best possible cinematographic experiences, adding to this, a display of stars and sequences to comment on. Unfortunately this is not the case.
At the end, “The Mummy” it is the aspiration of a successful action movie, where the supposed terrorists are beaten, while the supposed villains murder. It is incredible how Hollywood understands the “timing” of what is happening in the world, knowing how to take advantage of, without believing in coincidences, the world political situation and using this mass media to accentuate a problem… and we are not talking about a beautiful woman with desire to conquer the world.
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