Movie: The Mummy
Direction: Alex Kurtzman
Cast: Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Courtney B Vance, Marwan Kenzari, Russell Crowe
Music: Brian Tyler
Cinematographer: Ben Seresin
Editor: Paul Hirsch, Gina Hirsch, Andrew Mondshein
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror
What is it about: A Soldier of Fortune accidentally awakens an entombed Egyptian princess who is buried under the dessert for thousands of years. What happens post this forms the crux of the story directed by Alex Kurtzman.
Why it’s disappointing: There’s nothing I could think of.
What to watch out for: With this Reboot, Universal Pictures will be reviving their Monster films under “Dark Universe”. This reboot most definitely is way far from what the previous films under the series of the same name. This one has a total different angle in reviving the monster and paints a darker picture. Hollywood are the masters of reboot and they somehow spin a screenplay, which will create a franchise as fresh as a new one. Alex Kurtzman, did a neat job in making this film, which was taken at a good pace with all the requisite elements and brings in additional flavours adding to take the franchise forward. One may think it is little abrupt or might not find it fascinating, that could be due to the first set of series was high on comedy with monsters lashing out all the time. Whereas the monsters part is little underplayed in this version and the comedy quotient is mildly laced to keep the grim intact.
It was a great choice to rope in Tom Cruise for the role of Nick Morton, he definitely brings a different aura to the character, especially the action scenes for which he’s famous for. He did a commendable job.
Russell Crowe might not be a prominent character in the film, but displays what Dr. Jekyll and Edward Hyde will be in future sequels.
Sofia Boutella as Princess Ahmanet a.k.a “The Mummy” does a solid one and she gets a meaty role in the film and did a great job.
Annabelle Wallis as Jenny Halsey, may not have much of a screen space but the required job in suitable attire.
The cinematography by Ben Seresin was a great one and the tone was delectably dark, it was perfectly edited by Paul and Gina Hirsch. Brian Tyler’s score was good and the sound design was amazing which was mixed perfectly. The VFX was spectacular with a seamless 3D.
Verdict: Alex Kurtzman, did a fine job in rebooting the series with a dark touch to it. And most definitely crafts it to suit the series which the studio has intended for. Definitely worth a watch.