Review in Brief: The Mummy (2017)

Well, it’s not the worst film of 2017. The latest take on Universal’s THE MUMMY has Tom Cruise running, jumping, shooting, swimming with all his usual aplomb, the problem is there is nothing likeable, even redeemable about his character Nick Morton. I’ve often said that protagonists don’t have to be likeable, the other problem is Nick isn’t interesting either. Even worse, the other characters aren’t so much written but are just…there. The scenes of battling the undead horde have an entertaining amount of splatter and dismemberment, but elsewhere what visuals that might be striking are spoiled by a telling CG gleam. I’m not opposed to the idea of a shared Monsters/Dark Universe, but it’s going to take much stronger glue than Russell Crowe as Dr Jekyll (why not Van Helsing?) the monster hunter who just changes his accent and gurns when he becomes his darker half, to retain coherency. Also, don’t rip off AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON and expect us not to notice. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

I'm not paid to write about film - I do it because I love it. Favourites include Sam Mendes, Guillermo del Toro, Bong Joon-ho, Steven Spielberg, Danny Boyle, Edgar Wright, Taika Waititi and the Coen Brothers. All reviews and articles are original works owned by me. They represent one man's opinion, and I'm more than happy to engage in civilised debate if you disagree.
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