With aspirations to be a fun summer blockbuster, “The Mummy”, directed by Alez Kurtzman, is definitely a fun, action filled movie with lots of humor and one-liners mixed in, however I doubt it will be up for any academy awards.
Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) and his sidekick Chris (Jake Johnson) are freelancers traveling through the Middle East stealing antiquities to sell on the black market. Nick has stolen a map from Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Walls) after seducing her into a one night stand. She quickly catches up with him in Iraq where they discover an ancient tomb buried deep under the desert in Iraq.
The tomb holds the ancient princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella) who gave into evil and murdered her father, his wife and infant son so that she could be the heir to the throne. For her crimes, she was buried and mummified alive and taken far away from Egypt. Because Nick was ultimately the one who released her, she is now convinced he is her “Chosen One” and is out for revenge.
Ahmanet is more like a demon-zombie killing anyone who stands in her way as she heads to London to search for the sacred jewel needed for her dagger so that she can sacrifice Nick and unlock her full evil, demonic powers. This jewel was unearthed in another tomb filled with British Crusaders. Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe) heads up the committee to “fight evil”, including within himself, as he constantly h as to inject himself with medicines to ensure he does not turn into Dr. Hyde (found it kind of a strange mix having this character in a Mummy movie?).
The film wraps up with lots of fighting and action and an unexpected ending- probably leaving an opening for a sequel, though I’m not sure this movie needs one. Overall an entertaining movie that you don’t have to think to hard about.
6 out of 10