You will have to forgive me, but I really don’t remember the Brendan Fraser “Mummy” from the 90’s. I have seen it, yes, and I like Brendan Fraser fine (I mean, Encino Man, c’mon), but I cannot recall a single thing about it. I assume he plays an Indiana Jones-esque adventurer who encounters hijinks having something to do with Egyptian pharaohs. I didn’t especially want to see the new “Mummy” either, but some close friends convinced me to go and along I went.
Many of you already know that I am getting a bit burnt out on sequels and remakes, so the fact that I was going to see a remake (2010’s) of a remake (1990’s) of a remake (1970’s) of a remake (1930’s) wasn’t exactly giving me high hopes. So I went in, hoping that Tom Cruise could at least make me entertained for 2 hours, and wouldn’t you know it, he somewhat succeeded.
This new Mummy is much more of an action/horror type film than the Brendan Fraser movie I can’t remember much about. There is still some good humor involved, but the stakes are set to be a bit higher, more serious. Cruise of course is still one of the best at making you have a good time at the cinema. His “Mission Impossible” movies are still my favorite action movie series and he is a believable flawed but good guy in most cases. He is the highlight of the film.
The plot revolves around the awakening of a Mummy (I know, shocking) that has ideas on taking back her world, standard stuff really. The plot is not much to get excited about, and much of the movie is spent setting up “The Dark Universe” with Russell Crowe playing our Nick Fury character of Dr. Jekyll (Yes, that Mr. Hyde). As tends to happen in big budget Hollywood fare, most things work out and we are left with a setup for the next “Dark Universe” movie (Angelina Jolie is rumored to be the bride of Frankenstein).
Overall, the movie was much better than expected. I may even watch it again. Cruise is very good as always. The plot is semi-serious but not overly so. It’s not going to be a movie you care about years later, but it is better than most reviews make it seem.