The Mummy fails to get 'Dark Universe' franchise started on the right foot

The Mummy and It Comes At Night opens this weekend!

Here we are again, another summer weekend with another studio hoping to launch a new franchise. This time it's a franchise of monster movies.

The Mummy puts a modern spin on the classic Mummy tale from 1932 or 1959 or the fun one they made in 1999 that starred Brendan Frasier.  In this story Princess Ahmanet, played by Sofia Boutella, is our cursed Egyptian. She has evil powers and has been imprisoned in a sarcophagus for thousands of years until grave robber Nick Mortum, played by Tom Cruise, comes along he releases her from her prison.

He is then chosen by Ahmanet to become the human vessel of the Egyptian God, Set who will also be Ahmanet's mate. This means that while he is trying to escape from her, he is also drawn to her. Her release also draws the attention of a mysterious organization that has been hunting and studying evil for centuries.

Back to that "Dark Universe" franchise thing. Universal is trying to build a franchise out of the classic movie monsters such as the Mummy, Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and a few others. This is the first one and looks as though they're trying to put Tom Cruise as the centerpiece of it. It's an interesting idea. One that I'm not sure will really work out because this movie did not set it on the right foot.

The Mummy isn't the most captivating film. The beginning is good, but it slowly grinds down from there. It has some nice jump scares and if they had kept the feeling of a scary monster movie, it probably would have been pretty good. Instead it suffers from a bit of an identity crisis. As I said earlier, it starts off with a scary tone and then at times it tries to be an action comedy, then it tries to be just an action movie. You can't be all three.

It’s scariest moment come through jump scares that are filtered through most of the first-half of the film. They mostly work but it becomes silly when Nick’s dead pal comes back as a ghost to warn him of what is coming. That’s where you see that Tom Cruise just can’t pull off the kind of sarcastic comedy that is needed at that moment. Ahmanet’s minions go from scary to silly. Ever see a mummy swim? The movie has action scenes filtered throughout that are buy-able, but with the tone of the film going from fright to comedy to action, it becomes very uneven. 

Also, I love Tom Cruise. I think he's a good character actor and that he's one of the last true Hollywood movie stars. I will defend him to anyone.  That being said, I don't think he was right for this role. I never felt like he truly connected with the character and I hate saying that.

 

 

 

Also out this week…

Imagine the end of the world. Now imagine something worse. It Comes at Night follows a man as he learns that the evil stalking his family home may be only a prelude to horrors that come from within. Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, the tenuous domestic order he has established with his wife and son is put to the ultimate test with the arrival of a desperate young family seeking refuge. Despite the best intentions of both families, paranoia and mistrust boil over as the horrors outside creep ever-closer, awakening something hidden and monstrous within him as he learns that the protection of his family comes at the cost of his soul.  It Comes at Night stars Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbot, Carmen Ejogo, and Riley Keough.

A dark romance, My Cousin Rachel tells the story of a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms. My Cousin Rachel stars Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin, and Iain Glen.

Megan Leavey is based on the true life story of a young marine corporal whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. When she is assigned to clean up the K9 unit after a disciplinary hearing, Leavey identifies with a particularly aggressive dog, Rex, and is given the chance to train him. Over the course of their service, Megan and Rex completed more than 100 missions until an IED explosion injures them, putting their fate in jeopardy. Megan Leavey stars Kate Mara, Edie Falco, Ramón Rodríguez, Bradley Whitford, and Common.

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