When we were over in London at the Blogger’s Bash, we decided to revisit one of our winter weekend activities when living there. Go to the movies in Leicester Square and then on to TGI Fridays for fajitas and margaritas. On this particular occasion I wish we had skipped the first bit and gone straight for the good stuff.
To be honest I could really skip the review and just go to the rating, but since it is Tom Cruise in the lead role, I feel obligated to at least justify my score… more about that later.
The movie is directed by Alex Kurtzman who has been involved as producer for some of popular television series such as Hawaii 5 0, Limitless and Salvation, and films such as Ender’s Game and Star Trek into Darkness. This is the second film that Kurtzman has directed following People Like Us in 2012, which was a family drama. It is my opinion that The Mummy was too ambitious a project based on his experience in the director’s chair.
Which brings me to Tom Cruise in the lead role as Nick Morton. He is a dare-devil tomb raider and self-appointed antiquities expert, employed by the US Army to unearth the ancient sarcophagus of Princess Ahmanet and bring it to London. We get some of the back story behind the entombing of Ahmanet, and she is no sleeping beauty, as it is the kiss of death if you wake her. And of course they have woken her from her extended slumber, and to be fair it does lead to a spectacular plane ride and special effects during the rest of the movie.
I was very happy to embrace Tom Cruise in the role of Jack Reacher who is a particular idol of mine, but in this role he is quite dreadful. Over acting and hamming it up, which might have been necessary, because the script, written by David Koepp and Christopher MacQuarrie was also appalling. I expected better from David Koepp as he has some excellent credentials for scripts in this genre such as Angels and Demons, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Mission Impossible.
I know this film is meant to be an action fantasy thriller, and that the script is unlikely to be up for an Oscar, but it should at least be adequate for the task.
The leading lady (apart from the Mummy) is Annabelle Wallis (great job in Peaky Blinders) and again stereotyped and a victim of the script or lack of it. She was a little too insipid for the role, and I could not help but compare her to the feisty performance of Rachel Weisz in the original Mummy outings in 1999 and 2001.
The other role which left me cold was Russell Crowe who is cast in the role of Dr Henry Jekyll and who exhibits all the attributes of his namesake… Unfortunately he did not bring any eloquence to the role, and mumbled his way through the entire film.
So, as you can tell, I was not a fan of the direction, script or the acting of the main cast, but I have to give kudos to The Mummy herself, played by Algerian actress Sofia Boutella. Dark, violent, misguided and definitely on the path for vengeance.
I also have to give credit to the special effects team, as they did an amazing job. In fact it really was a series of stunning sequences, unfortunately linked together by a poor script, by actors who should not have been in this B-movie, and directed by someone who needed more experience.
Overall, because of the special effects, I still give the film 4/10. It is not a film that I will buy to watch at a later date. That is a shame, as I have the previous two Mummy films in my archive and enjoy reruns. I was not looking for a deep and meaningful experience, but I was expecting excellence from this particular production and acting line-up.
If you want to view the film yourself and compare notes, it is available on DVD + Digital HD and Blu-ray on September 12th. It is on pre-order at $19.96 instead of $35 dollars and to be honest if you are going to buy.. I would not pay full price.
You can find out more about the movie at the IMDB database where the film has a reating of 5.6: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2345759/
For my previous reviews please head off to the movie this way: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/smorgasbord-entertainment-tv-and-movie-reviews/