Why ‘The Mummy’ Franchise Should’ve Stayed Buried

Image via themummy.com

I never thought I would get good sleep in a theater. 

Warning: Light spoilers for the Mummy (2017) ahead. 

I wish The Mummy was good. I wanted to write a positive review because I love Sommers 1999 remake. But this left a sour taste in my mouth. From the moment the movie began to when the credits dropped, The Mummy (2017) was atrocious.

Sommers’ The Mummy (1999) was a remake of the 1932 original while this film was a reboot of the franchise, taking the universe in a different direction. The Mummy (2017) was created to establish Universal’s Dark Universe, a cinematic continuity following original monsters like Frankenstein, Dracula, and Wolf Man. However, this film didn’t deserve to be on screen. I had low expectations, and somehow it was below my predictions.

Characters in The Mummy

Seriously, they’re not original at all.

Probably one of the biggest flaws was the casting and characters. Most of the characters are wannabes of the original crew. I am a fan of Tom Cruise, but his character Nick Morton (rhymes with Rick) was a nightmare. A former US Military Officer who is, in some ways, a petty thief, Nick doesn’t really embody a chosen character. Yes, they somehow managed to slip a “chosen one” narrative into the plot.

The entire time I watched, I couldn’t help but think that Tom Cruise didn’t belong in this film. His character was a blend of forced humor, Rick copy and paste, and child like behavior. I couldn’t hold him in the same regard as Rick, the adventurer from the original. It’s probably what led me to a snooze several times throughout the movie.

I’ll save you some time and let you know that Jenny (Annabelle Wallis), the lead female, is a cop out of Evelyn.

I challenge you to stay awake. Image via Imgur

The Mummy herself, Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella), wasn’t half bad. She made a pact with Set, the God of Death, and was mummified alive as punishment for her sin. However, Set gifted Ahmanet extraordinary abilities, which included the capacity to remain alive. Ahmanet was destructive, powerful, and nearly unstoppable. She created undead minions, sucked the life out of others (in a ridiculous style), and did some MAJOR damage.

My one gripe about Ahmanet is her skin tone. While the actress is Algerian (North African):

I would’ve appreciated an African American actress. 

Hollywood fails yet again to diversify its casting. Egyptians are generally depicted as fair or dark skinned, but Ahmanet isn’t.

Ahmanet seeks to use Nick (Cruise) as a body for Set to possess. That’s basically it. For those who want to see the film, I won’t spoil the ending for you or too much more. Russell Crowe has a major role as Dr. Jekyll, but he’s so jacked up it’s not worth elaborating. Anyone who stayed awake through the entire movie can fill in any other wholes.