IMDB Entry – The Mummy (The Mummy (2017))
After reading the reviews of the new Tom Cruise movie, The Mummy (2017), I had a pretty good idea I was going to enjoy it. Although most of the reviewers panned the film, I noticed a couple of things. Because the movie stared Tom Cruise, it attracted reviews from critics who don’t like horror movies and complain that super hero movies exist only to introduce the next super hero. They specifically complained about the Dark Universe concept and the idea that Universal was building a shared fictional world similar to the Marvel Universe. I also noticed that almost all of complaints were that the film was “a mess”, whatever that means. I recognized the sure tell signs of band wagon critics and confidently made my way into the theater.
I was correct. The Mummy (2017) is not a mess at all. It may be a bit more of an adventure movie than a horror film, but just a bit. The story is very different from either the Boris Karloff or the Brendon Fraser versions. The action sequences and special effects are top notch, state of the art. Cruise insisted on actually doing the scene inside the plane in free fall! Sofia Boutella plays the reanimated mummy and like Karloff, she has that lean, lanky, angular look that works so well for monster roles. She’s creepy looking even before she gets the face tattoos. She has the power of a god and she’s looking for a mate, so of course she hot’s for Tom. There’s a bit of an intriguing surprise ending to the resolution of this portion of the adventure.
The scope of The Mummy (2017) goes far beyond the story of the Egyptian menace. This is the first movie in the projected Dark Universe series from Universal pictures. Russell Crowe is introduced as a sort of Samuel L. Jackson/Nick Fury kind of guy who’s in charge of a special unit that investigates monsters. There will be follow up movies such as the already scheduled Invisible Man. Most people think the shared universe concept was created by Stan Lee when he had Jack Kirby’s creations appear in each others stories in the early 60’s. Actually, Universal created the first shared universe with the release of Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman in 1943, so it’s only fitting that they are bringing back a new version of what they started. Go see The Mummy (2017) or at least rent it!
The Mummy (2017) even has a bit where Zombies are used. There’s been a lot of discussion about mummies and zombies being the same thing. Close but not quite. As this movie illustrates mummies always have a job while zombies are unemployable, even when handed work. Mummies spend their time trying to recover the contents of the tomb they were supposed to be guarding, while they were in fact, sleeping. (I didn’t say they were great at their job, just that they always have one). Zombies on the other hand, are free spirits who don’t have any purpose other than to eat the brains of anyone they run into. Mummies tend to originate in Egypt while everyone knows all non voodoo zombies come from Western Pennsylvania. Then there are the voodoo zombies, easily the best dancers, unless we’re talking polka music. Hope that helps clarify the difference!
The Mummy (2017)