Average Rating: 4.3/10
Summary: Not the campy excitement from the last series. Lacks intensity and “mummy” moments. More monster movie thrills needed. The Dark Universe is unravelling.
Kurtzman does a decent job with the film’s tone, keeping it light and humorous, but the only thing at stake seems to be the future of the Dark Universe, which means more to Universal’s bottom line than it does to modern audiences.
It’s hard to tell if it’s Cruise or the dragging weight of the movie, but he’s almost totally devoid of the star power that makes the “Mission: Impossible” movies compulsively watchable.
“The Mummy” is trying to do so many different things, has so many different reasons for being (not to mention so many screenwriters), that a kind of narrative chaos is the all but inevitable result.
Kurtzman has a style that could generously be described as “accommodating.” In lieu of any strong vision of his own, he seems content to assemble The Mummy out of a hodgepodge of commercial ideas.
Narratively incoherent and full of cheese and camp, this movie makes it clear that the mummy should have remained dead and buried.
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