Directed by Alex Kurtzman (People Like Us; normally known as a producer) and starring Tom Cruise (Jack Reacher; Born on the Fourth of July; Top Gun; Jerry Maguire; Mission: Impossible), Russel crowe (Gladiator; A Beautiful Mind; Les Misérables; Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World; Broken City), Sofia Boutella (Kingsman: The Secret Service; Star Trek Beyond; Tiger Raid) and Annabelle Wallis (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword; X-Men: First Class; plus tv series such as The Tudors; Pam Am and Peaky Blinders).
Adventure, 125 mins, 12+
Set in Egypt, Iraq and London, this remake has many similarities with the previous version made back in 1999 starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz and John Hannah. The storyline is basically the same, and some of the visual imageries are similar, but the plot is very different and so is the relationship between some of the characters, and the characters themselves. In fact, in almost the second scene involving Nick Morton (Tom Cruise), the relationship between him and his American soldier colleague was cheesy to say the least. But it did get better.
The strands of the storyline come together; firstly, a tomb of Crusader knights is unearthed under London by a machine drilling a road under London – one of the tombs is supposed to contain a rare jewel that has been purposefully separated from its knife… That knife, meanwhile was discovered in an Egyptian sarcophagus unearthed in Iraq by a US air strike, rescuing Nick Morton who was intent on finding “treasure” and profiting from the discovery; he had stolen a map from Jenny Halsey (Annabelle Wallis). They then transport the sarcophagus by plane and end up in London where the mummy, Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella) comes to life and is looking to put knife and jewel back together for unspeakable evil…
With Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe) – you don’t need an IQ of 140 to guess his personality – coming in on the scene, and the various other mummies and corpses coming back to life appearing more as zombies, the characters are more than a little confusing.
Were you to escuse all these foibles, then the film is indeed action-packed, there are as few squeamish scenes, and a couple of others do indeed make you jump, but the action sequences make it worth-while as a summer blockbuster.