When Universal announced they were rebooting their classic movie monsters in a shared "Dark Universe," I was excited. When they announced they would begin the experiment with The Mummy I was perplexed. When they announced Tom Cruise would be the non-Mummy lead, I was concerned.
All of my feelings were appropriate.
The Mummy, available now on from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, is an uneven movie with more personalities than Russell Crowe's Henry Jeckyl.
Here's the synopsis:
Thought safely entombed deep beneath the desert, an ancient princess whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day. Her malevolence has grown over millennia and with it come terrors that defy human comprehension. From the sands of the Middle East through modern-day London, The Mummy balances wonder, thrills, and imagination.
Pretty straightforward setup? Yup.
The problem is the movie can't decide if it wants to be a monster movie or a Tom Cruise action flick. As a result it has trouble being either one.
That's not to say this isn't a fun movie.
There are some really great actions sequences. There is a pretty solid backstory for Princess Ahmanet. There is a mysterious organization working behind the scenes to quell the monsters whose rising is creating the Dark Universe. There's even a healthy dose of American Werewolf in London thrown in for good measure.
What isn't so good are all of the long, spotlit closeups of Tom Cruise. We get it Tom. You're the star of The Mummy even though you aren't the Mummy.
I enjoyed The Mummy for what it was and I really hope its box office showing doesn't hamper the future of the Dark Universe. These characters are all long overdue for an update.
Let's give it to them.
The Mummy is available now 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand.
BONUS FEATURES EXCLUSIVE TO 4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAY™ AND DVD:
- Deleted and Extended Scenes
- Cruise & Kurtzman: A Conversation Rooted in Reality - Tom Cruise and Alex Kurtzman discuss the making of The Mummy.
- Rooted in Reality - Filmmakers and cast reveal how they broke away from old tropes and traditions to create a dynamic and realistic 21st century monster movie.
- Life in Zero-G: Creating the Plane Crash - Watch Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, and the crew shoot the incredible plane sequence.
- Meet Ahmanet - Sofia Boutella shares the excitement of reinventing a monster icon.
- Cruise in Action - A behind-the-scenes look at Tom Cruise's most memorable Mummy stunts.
- Becoming Jekyll and Hyde - Find out how the casting of Russell Crowe brought a bold new dimension to the roles of Jekyll and Hyde.
- Choreographed Chaos - Watch as cast and filmmakers create an epic outdoors clash between ancient and modern worlds.
- Nick Morton: In Search of a Soul - Tom Cruise describes what drew him to play a man seemingly without a soul.
- Ahmanet Reborn Animated Graphic Novel - Witness Ahmanet's descent into the monstrous underworld as she is reborn into the Goddess of Chaos and Wrath.
- Feature Commentary with director and producer Alex Kurtzman, and cast members Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis and Jake Johnson