The Movie: 6/10
I have liked most of the movie version of The Mummy I’ve seen in my lifelong movie watching career. Sometimes it’s dark and creepy like the original with Boris Karloff. Sometimes it’s goofy like the 1999 franchise starter with Brendan Fraser. This time around the vibe is not really up my alley, it’s not super creepy and it’s not on the goofy side. This is a movie that I enjoyed, entertained me, and yet I was like “meh”, as the kids would say these days. I like the story. The origin of the mummy is wrought with turmoil and ancient skullduggery, leaving us all to suffer the wrath of the living dead.
The living dead, always a fun topic to explore in a story. I’m a huge zombie fan, and let’s be honest, that’s all the mummy really is. This time we get a female mummy, who was wronged in her life as an ancient Egyptian princess. She’s back with a vengeance to claim….um…to claim what? I’m not sure what she’s back for exactly. I think that got lost on me somewhere along the line. I assume she basically wants world dominance, or some such thing, so we’ll go with that. I know she looks pretty cool while she’s mumming around and I’m convinced she’s pissed off, so that’s something to be afraid of, or no, not really.
This is my problem with this movie. I’m not creeped out, or scared, or intimidated by this mummy. I don’t feel the world-wide human threat of her wrath. I’m not anything but going along for the ride. I appreciate that we get some nods to other Universal monsters, but it’s not enough to make me think, “OHHHH I’m so thrilled with this new telling of these monsters’ stories.” I was more in the camp of being amused and loving some of the special effects, and yes, looking forward to the other monsters in more movies, but that’s not saying much for THIS movie.
The cast is fine and the directing is fine. It’s all kind of generic, yes, even Tom Cruise. I didn’t get any big WOW moments with the special effects, well maybe the look of the mummy as she was coming back to “life”. That was pretty cool, but not spectacular. I wish the impact of the coming of this Dark Universe would have felt more menacing, alas, it did not. I’ll need to go watch something really dark like Se7en, or Hostel…they are not masterpieces, but they really do creep me out!!
Overall I will be glad to watch the whole of the Dark Universe, but it needs to get much darker for me to really have any fun.
- Deleted & Extended Scenes (5 Minutes) – Four deleted scenes which add very little to the plot.
- Cruise & Kurtzman: A Conversation (21 Minutes) – An intimate sit-down with Cruise & Kurtzman, Cruises enthusiasm for making films is in full effect here.
- Rooted In Reality (7 Minutes) – A look at the modern setting of The Mummy and how it differs from previous versions.
- Life In Zero-G: Creating The Plane Crash (7 Minutes) – Shot on a real Zero-G airplane, here we see Cruise and Annabelle Wallis filming the best action scene of the film.
- Meet Ahmanet (8 Minutes) – A look at Sofia Boutella’s unique take on The Mummy.
- Cruise In Action (6 Minutes) – Cruise is always in action and this featurette proves it.
- Becoming Jekyll & Hyde (7 Minutes) – A look at Russell Crowe’s place in the film and the bigger Dark Universe.
- Choreographed Chaos (7 Minutes) – A look at the action scenes and how Cruise did all his own stunts.
- Nick Morton: In Search Of A Soul (6 Minutes) – A deeper look at Tom Cruise’s awful portrayal of Nick Moron, oh sorry Morton.
- Ahmanet Reborn Animated Graphic Novel (4 Minutes) – An origin story of the new version of The Mummy in animated form.
- Audio Commentary With Alex Kurtsman, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis & Jake Johnson
- DVD & UV Digital Copy
Cover Art and Menus: 4/10
Hmmm I wouldn’t have the cover art as a poster. It’s just not very interesting to me. I would have a simple image of the mummy as she comes back to life, in silhouette maybe. As it is, it’s a bland big movie studio idea of what the cover needs to look like.
Audio & Video: 9/10
The Mummy is a new take on the Classic Universal Monsters franchise and the start of The Dark Universe series of films. Universal chose to not only make a throwback film but to actually not film digitally giving the image a grainy gritty look. Black levels here are wonderfully inky and fine detail is also evident in close up facial shots (see above).
The Mummy features a Dolby Atmos track that is as impressive as it is technical. The track uses surround sound almost all of the runtime with the most impressive use being the plane crash sequence. LFE is also very prevalent and often rumbles your whole house. Dialog is precise and centered this is basically the theatre experience in your home.
Overall Score 6/10