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“The Mummy” a Reboot with a Femme Fatal

In ancient Egypt there is a princess, Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella), who will inherit the entire kingdom when her father dies. She has remarkable fighting skills, amazing beauty, and has the ability to lead the people. But, her father remarries and soon after his first born son is born changing her legacy. What soon follows will seal Ahmanet’s fate that’s worse than death.

Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) and Chris Vail (Jake Johnson) full time soldiers, part-time treasure hunters, are currently in Mesopotamia (Iraq), searching for ancient artifacts. Under instruction from Colonel Greenway (Courtney B. Vance) of the United States Military, these two are secretly following a map that Nick stole from Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis), an archeologist. Jenny is searching for an ancient tomb buried far from Egypt’s boundaries to better understand why this Egyptian burial occurred so far away.

(L to R) Chris Vail (JAKE JOHNSON), Jenny Halsey (ANNABELLE WALLIS) and Nick Morton (TOM CRUISE) in THE MUMMY

After running into an Iraq hide out far in the desert, these two hero’s Nick and Chris must battle their way out of danger. In doing so they open a hole that leads into a cavern under this abandon city. What they find is the secret Jenny has been looking for and an adventure they did not expect.

Ahmanet (SOFIA BOUTELLA) and Nick Morton (TOM CRUISE) in THE MUMMY

In London, Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe), is a wealthy business man and scientist, who is in search of this major find that Chris and Nick discovered. He welcomes their discovery and encourages them to support his beliefs. What they unearth is the key to uncovering the real mystery behind the “Mummy”.

Director Alex Kurtzman, attempts to make a reboot of The Mummy series and ends up with an average film. He doesn’t develop any real chemistry between the characters and the narrative build up misses on its target. These special effects were used before and they are absent any real creativity. His efforts bring an enjoyable tale that is worth seeing however, especially if you are a Tom Cruise fan or an action junkie. The acting is performed well by all, especially Sofia Boutella’s as the vengeful Egyptian princess.

Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) and Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis) in THE MUMMY

This action pact reboot does not seem to live up to its predecessors. It uses the special effects from the previous “Mummy” stories with no real evidence of any improvement. The story lacks any true imagination and seems to try and introduce some sort of future lead into a possible movie series. The “Creature of the Black Lagoon”, “Dracula”, “The Wolf Man”, and “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”, to name a few possible targets.

Final Rating: The Mummy has a good storyline, decent special effects and effective action sequences.
Starring: Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Russell Crowe, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance, Annabelle Wallis, and Marwan Kenzari
Directors: Alex Kurtzman
Release Date: June 9, 2017
Writer: David Koepp (screenplay), Christopher McQuarrie (screenplay), Dylan Kussman (screenplay), Jon Spaihts, (screen story by), Alex Kurtzman, (screen story by), and Jenny Lumet (screen story by).
Runtime: 1 hour and 50 minutes (110 minutes)
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for violence, action and scary images, and for some suggestive content and partial nudity.
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, and Horror.
Production Company:  Universal Pictures

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Film Editor John Delia has been on all sides of the movie business from publications to film making. He has worked as a film critic with ACED Magazine for more than 12 years and earned a Bachelors degree in communications from the University of Florida. John is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association. Follow John on Twitter @staragent1 or send John a message at jdelia@acedmagazine.com