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6/14/2017 12:01:00 AM
Movie Review: The Mummy
Cynthia Morse Zumbaugh

Tom, Tom, Tom. You have me shaking my head. Perhaps you should have spent your time teasing with the prospect of Top Gun II (now confirmed) and skipped over this. Obviously The Mummy has been done before, four times with the same title, a few more times with some variation. The original in 1932 was with Boris Karloff, the 1959 version with Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. That is some pretty tough shoes to fill. Though the special effects have improved drastically, the plot and the writing has not.

This time Tom Cruise is the unlucky soul who unleashes the Mummy, who in this case is an Egyptian princess. Russell Crowe is the expert/scholar sadly called Dr. Jekyl. This movie flounders, apparently unable to decide if it is a horror movie or an action movie.

Brendan Fraser's The Mummy was far more entertaining. It played the whole thing tongue in cheek, throwing in plenty of humor and, in the first outing, the chemistry between Fraser and Rachel Weisz worked. None of it works here.

The character development is weak to non-existent and the plot is obviously taking a back seat to the action but it does it to the point where the plot disappears.

There were a couple of scary moments and the special effects get better with each new version (though the difference between this and the 1999 version was not as marked as I expected.)

Rated PG-13, which surprised me; I might have gone with an "R". The language is fairly mild, but there is sex, nudity and plenty of violence.

FCB 2017

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