Firstly, if I’m going to be honest, I was going to avoid this film. I was going to refuse to watch it. But some part of me just wanted to know if it was different to the previous Mummy films. Thankfully it was very different. It did have some similarities, for example the accidental rise of an ancient Egyptian mummy, also the mummy then bringing so much destruction on the world and feeding off humans to gain their strength back. But other than that, gratefully it differs. Different characters and a different plot, a different mummy and completely different agendas on their minds. I have so much love for the first Mummy film which came out in 1999, that and the second one, I think they’re both great film, no brilliant films – nothing can beat Rick O’Connell and his relationship with Evelyn, nor can it beat the brilliantly comical Jonathan. I don’t know whether this 2017 Mummy is better than the first because they are so different, it’s hard to judge them off each other when they contrast so distinctly. But I have to say this is a good thing, 100% a good thing, if they even tried to remake the first Mummy it would be awful and never should be done. That film stands alone as brilliance and stands as that. Anyway, back to the 2017 one, because that’s what this review is about…
Another reason I wasn’t sold on the film beforehand, was Tom Cruise. I’m not a big fan, don’t really know why because in honesty I haven’t seen many of his films, but that’s just the way. Nevertheless, I put my hands down and admit he was very good in ‘The Mummy’. Besides, it’s not just Tom Cruise in the film. Yes, he does play the main protagonist Nick, but we also have Sofia Boutella, playing the villainous mummy, Russell Crowe playing the character of Dr Henry Jekyll (yes, they intertwined Jekyll and Hyde as the doctor of the science of evil, and yes it’s cleverly brilliant!), they also had Annabelle Wallis as Jenny Halsey and finally, the best Nick Miller from ‘New Girl’ aka Jake Johnson as Vail. I have to admit it look me a while getting used to Jake Johnson calling Tom Cruise’s character Nick – I know that’s his name, but Nick will always be Nick from ‘New Girl’, and why would Nick be saying his own name to someone else? Sorry… Anyway, my point was, I’m not the biggest fan of Tom Cruise, but he did play his character well in this and that cannot be ignored. Additionally, the rest of the cast is also brilliant, all played excellently and you become absorbed into the whole film. Especially, the mummy, Ahmanet, she is brilliant (and obviously Jake Johnson – but I think I made that point with the obsession of ‘New Girl’).
This Mummy film is incredibly thrilling, actually quite scary at times, definitely some jump scares. Graphics are phenomenal, everything looks realistic and believable, even if it’s an ancient mummy returning from the dead. Well this mummy returning from a tomb in the ground, a pool of mercury and a sarcophagus, easy enough right? It is when Vail orders an airstrike which fires a missile into the ground above the tomb, and Jenny’s curiosity about ancient Egypt brings them into the tomb. Then Nick firing at the ropes keeping the mummy down, ultimately bringing her up. Then from there, to say the least, Ahmanet’s power extends to controlling Nick, as he is chosen to take the place of the God of Death. The film is full of action and thrilling moments – there were definitely moments I was scared, maybe I’m a wimp, but I was gripped into the film and couldn’t stop watching it. The best thing? I could never have guessed the ending, it wasn’t something to imagine, therefore the film went the way of the unknown for the audience. It was brilliant.
In summary, this is a brilliant thrilling film. It was full of action and intrigue. It had so much too it, and the characters (and cast) were great. I was absorbed into the film, loving that it differed from the original Mummy. So in conclusion, thankfully this is not a let-down and don’t be worried to watch it if you’re a fan of the first ones like me! Go and experience the ancient life of Ahmanet and why she turned to the darkness, the depth of the villain is most definitely there to understand.