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[Blu-ray Review] ‘The Mummy’ is a Total Blast, Box Office Results Be Damned!

When Universal began the reboot of the Universal Monsters earlier this year with the launch of Dark Universe and the release of The Mummy I failed to make it out to theaters to see the film. It’s one of my biggest regrets of the year.

The Mummy was panned by critics — though our own Kalyn Corrigan enjoyed it — and was a massive flop at the box office, especially domestically. For whatever reason, and there are a number of them that people have listed, the film just didn’t land with most folks. With the film now out on Blu-ray I was finally able to give it a watch and I absolutely loved it. LOVED IT.

Off the bat, I’ll tell you The Mummy isn’t perfect. It has some issues that knock it down a peg or two. The big thing is Russell Crowe and his Dr. Jekyll. Crowe himself is fine, but the character overall is unnecessary to the story. I understand why he’s there and I know Universal wanted everyone to know from the jump that this was the start of a brand new cinematic universe but Jekyll really doesn’t serve a purpose here. When the film opens up Nick, the lead character played by Tom Cruise, has a note written by Jekyll that he believes will lead him to a treasure. We see the note, we see who it is written by, why not just end there? What if going into this film we had no idea that Crowe was playing Jekyll and then we saw that note? I would have lost my shit! My first words after the screening would have been, “Did you see who the note was from?!”

Or if you really need to get Russell Crowe into the movie, why not just have one scene with him at the end? Just something small to lead us into the next film? That would have been a little less subtle than just having the note, but it still would’ve been awesome and a nice little surprise for the audience. Even if the rest of the movie was a total bust a nice, unexpected bonus like that would have created so much buzz.

Instead of taking either of those routes, Universal decided to have Crowe’s Jekyll sort of serve as a guide and narrator. Not even sort of, he does narrate. Why is Dr. Jekyll narrating a film about The Mummy? That doesn’t make any sense, but I would have been ok with this if the approach was different. What if he narrated but we didn’t see him until the very end of the film? That would have been pretty cool, but again this only works if we don’t know beforehand that Crowe is in the movie which would never happen in this day and age. Oh well.

It is possible the Jekyll stuff here works better as we get deeper into the Dark Universe world assuming that all still happens. As it stands now it feels a bit misplaced.

Outside of the use of Jekyll my only real complaint is that some of the CGI doesn’t look great. Not all of it, but there are a few moments that already look dated. It’s never awful, I want to be clear about that, but there are just a few scenes here and there that jumped out at me as looking not as good as I would expect from a movie of this magnitude. The most noticeable comes when they first discover Ahmanet’s (Sofia Boutella) tomb. The sarcophagus is raised out of water and the digitally effects are way too obvious.

The rest of the film though — awesome fun! Cruise is as charming and energetic as ever. He’s one of the world’s few legit movie stars. He’s larger than life and when he’s on screen you can’t help but be glued to his every move. What I really loved about Cruise here is that he showcased great comedic timing. We know he has the action down and he has been funny in the past, but I think he might be his funniest in The Mummy. It’s the little things he does really well too like a simple shrug of his shoulders with a perplexed facial expression. He also works really with Jake Johnson.

And that brings me to Jake Johnson. At this point, Jake Johnson should just be in everything. He makes everything better and as stated above he and Cruise worked fabulously together. I look forward to seeing the two of them again, hopefully in more Dark Universe movies. Also, his character being a reference to Griffin Dunne’s character from An American Werewolf in London is an added bonus that I certainly did not expect but very much appreciate. Kudos to whoever came up with that idea.

Of course, we cannot talk about The Mummy without mentioning Sofia Boutella who is absolutely dynamic as Ahmanet. Playing the titular mummy isn’t an easy thing to do. The character requires a lot of effects which can sometimes overshadow the performance of the actor. That’s not the case here. Boutella’s talents shine through. And she balances perfectly with Cruise’s portrayal of Nick. Nick, despite all the charm and charisma Cruise brings, is sort of a douche so to see him powerless and completely under the control of Ahmanet is rather fitting.

One thing Universal typically does pretty well, at least for their bigger films, is deliver strong Blu-rays. The Blu-ray release of The Mummy is spectacular. Even if you dislike the movie you can’t deny that the Blu-ray is very good. The picture quality is stunning, which is another thing the film gets right. Even when it’s flawed, it looks good (minus some of that CGI that looks a little off). It’s overloaded with all kinds of bonus content. There’s an audio commentary that includes director Alex Kurtzman and cast members Boutella, Johnson and Annabell Wallis and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are a number of deleted scenes, an animated graphic novel and 8 different featurettes. Once the movie ends you’ll have well over an hour of extras to keep you occupied.

The Mummy isn’t perfect. It’s likely not what any of us expected when Universal announced they’d be bringing back the Universal Monsters in a shared cinematic universe. But the movie is a blast and has its heart in the right place, and sometimes, that’s enough.

The Mummy is now available on Blu-ray from Universal.



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COMMENTS

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  • Kyle Ord

    I enjoyed it a lot more then the other ones

  • tyler

    Agreed! I loved this movie! I still stick with the reason why it failed being that they marketed this as being a typical Tom Cruise – action film. All the trailers highlighted the plane crashing and Tom Cruise performing his usual stunts. If they would have focused on the dark parts (which most of the film is) in the trailers then I think this would have done much better. I am praying that they continue on with the Dark Universe, drop the big name stars they have attached to them as they don’t need the expense for them, and focus on making the next films even darker and add more of a scary tone.

  • MODOK

    I agree…The Mummy wasn’t great, but I enjoyed it. I liked that Cruise played against type by being a jerk, and the horror elements worked quite well.

    But you hit it on the head by suggesting all the different ways they could’ve used Crowe’s Jekyll without the movie coming to a complete stop in the middle. Heck, even cutting his unnecessary change into Dr. Hyde would’ve been an improvement. Instead, they killed the momentum by putting Ahamenet on ice for 30 minutes or so while Crowe, Cruise and company just talked. Still a fun movie overall, though.

    • Ima Hugger

      Didn’t he play a likable jerk in that time-loop movie? At least we got see him die a ton in that one.

      • MODOK

        He wasn’t as much a jerk as he was sort of a cowardly officer who finds himself in way above his head. He wasn’t as outwardly selfish and morally compromised as Nick Morton was.

  • zombie84_41

    i think you are the only person who liked it. i honestly hated every min of it. The writing the mummy, nothing was good about it but doesnt matter if someone likes it 🙂

  • HeWaTcHeSnOeYeS

    Awfully forgettable hollywood schlock. Next.

  • Neto Ribeiro

    Jesus what is wrong with you?

  • Tor from Yucca Flats

    it was nothing special lol. the only good thing were the mummy-zombies. the woman made me cringe, the whole Jekyll Hideout was cringey too.

    • J Jett

      which woman? i thought Sofia Boutella as the Mummy was pretty good and i too liked the mummy zombies (but yeah, the rest of the film was completely meh….).

  • Ocelot006 .

    Hey. I bought the 4K Blu-Ray today. Sue me.

    • Jay Brezzy

      ” And let the evidence show your honor…”

  • Grimphantom
    • Yeah i know instant cancer

  • Bart Crowe

    No matter how bad a movie is there are always fans.

    • Neto Ribeiro

      ikr

  • J Jett

    i didn’t hate this movie but it’s very meh…
    i have no desire to ever watch it again.

    • 🙁 noooo Jay!!!! I love it

  • Ima Hugger

    Brendan Fraser called, he wants his movie franchise back.

    • Jay Brezzy

      After he was in part three…The Dragon king….Brendan needs to stop calling you.

  • John Connor

    It was good not great.

  • Creepshow

    Red light…Green light.
    *BOOM*

  • Brian McNatt

    Trying a little hard, aren’t you?

  • Khy

    It was fun in theaters and actually a little creepy in some parts, great action scenes too. But ultimately forgettable.

  • pablitonizer

    I still want my 15 dollars back! They should have called it Mummy Impossible 6, terrible in many ways.

  • Baron Von Marlon

    Loved it until the plane took off.

    • Jay Brezzy

      Lol

  • Biscoito18

    I tried to like this movie because the idea of ​​a series of horror movies with A-list actors is very interesting, but it’s a disaster. For me it’s worse than being just a bad. I’m indifferent to it.

  • The One and Only

    I enjoyed it. Flawed, yes, but enjoyable. Hopefully, they(Universal) don’t throw the baby with the bathwater with the upcoming Dark Universe, and end it. Like with Freddy, Jason, and Michael, people want to see these classic monsters back on the big screen, and butting heads to boot. I’d hate to see it abandoned.

  • How much did Universal pay you for this review, you dimwit?

  • Dennis Chenier

    I didn’t know a worldwide gross of $407,778,013 on a $125,000,000 budget is considered a “massive flop.” There’s no way Universal is losing money.

    • Boydon

      christ, how many times does this need to be repeated. universal is only getting half of that intake (theaters are not charitable organizations you know) and when you factor in that 50-100 million was spent on marketing, that leaves universal at a MAJOR loss, the one that ends careers so it’s safe to say that dark universe is no more.

      • Lorne Dixon

        Boydon, it’s not that simple. Theaters generally take 12-15% of the first week’s ticket sales. In later weeks the percentage grows, but generally its not until the third week of release of a film where the exhibitor is making 50%. By then, of course, ticket sales are depressed by new releases and title fatigue. Truth is, it isn’t really possible for armchair analysis of box office results. The Mummy didn’t meet studio expectations, that’s clear, but it just as obviously was not the box office disaster many are portraying.

  • SutterKane

    This was so bad it’s not even likable on an Ironic level. At least with something like “The Room” you can laugh at it. This doesn’t even pull that much off.

  • Troy Saling

    Some people liked it – some people didn’t. I enjoyed for what it was – a fun little movie. It was a hit internationally – so be prepared for more.

  • Matheus Martins

    My biggest problem with this shit is the mummy itself.

    The mummy is a creepy monster! not something you want to cum inside. Why hollywood thinks every female monster must look like a porn-star?

    Glad this crap failed. Van Hellsing as cheese as it was. At least it nailed the monsters and was actually entertaining.

    • Lord Trigon

      Van Helsing changed the rules of all the monsters to suit the ridiculous plot and rendered them with awful CGI and ludicrous steampunk make up. No offense but how is that nailing them? (Can’t stand Van Helsing)

  • Matheus Martins

    This blue-ray cover gave me cancer btw

    • Josh_the_Jawa

      Most dvd/blu ray covers are pathetic.

  • Rohan

    It was ok. It was a fun movie, but ultimately forgettable. I’d take Brendan Fraser over Tom Cruise any day. All of the characters were just kind of, meh. None really as likeable as the ones in the 90’s reboot. It was just kind of, idk, lifeless?

  • MulderIsBack

    Power rangers…really enjoyed.
    Suicide squad…really enjoyed.
    The mummy…really enjoyed.
    ID4 2…really enjoyed.
    Life…really enjoyed.

    Star wars 7…despised.
    Rogue one…despised all but the vader scenes.
    Most of hollywood critically loved films…despise.

    • Josh_the_Jawa

      That’s some real shit taste.

      • jacobia

        Hooteenee!

      • MulderIsBack

        In your eyes. Perhaps i see deeper into films like the aforementioned than yourself. Your brain is wired different. Sees different things to me.

        • Josh_the_Jawa

          I think you’re just seeing deeper into your own asshole.

          • MulderIsBack

            Haha. Yes. By the retort about my anus i now see which eyes you view film through.

      • MulderIsBack

        The force awakens is the only film i have ever given 1 star on IMDB. I watched it twice. Thats how it went from 2 stars to 1 star.

        Power ranger and TMNT (the new ones)…10 stars. Hahaha.

  • Barry El Beardo

    It was essentially a Mission Impossible movie disguised as a monster movie. I didn’t think it was terrible but definitely forgettable and boring

  • Brad Tyler

    I share the same sentiment! I avoided it at the cinema because I didn’t think it looked that great from the trailer and then it bombed and got terrible reviews. I just finished watching it at home for the second time (this time with my mother, who also really enjoyed it) and I have to say, I loved it! No, it’s not perfect (what film is) but it sure is a lot of fun. Tom Cruise is brilliant as ever, Jake Johnson was fantastic (and hot), Sofia Boutella was perfect at Ahmanet! If taken for what it is, then it is a solid, enjoyable, fun blockbuster-type film. 7.5 out of 10 from me.

    • theundead

      Bombed at the box office? It surpassed its budget

    • Yesssss! Loved this movie

  • Fr0gg0

    It was ok, not as bad as the ratings says it is.

  • Simon Allen

    It’s terrible …Tom Cruise just being Tom Cruise only more annoying than ever .
    One boring and badly shot action sequence after another including probably the least thrilling underwater action sequence EVER !
    The humour is as flat as a pancake and as unwanted as a fart in a spacesuit .
    Not to mention a totally uninteresting storyline and a wasted female star in Boutella, who is given nothing to do .
    Have I expressed how much I think it stinks ?

  • Alanmac

    Not many actors can pull off looking like a prick with just a facial expression but Tom Cruise somehow pulls it off on ANY cover he’s on.

  • I’m Neagan

    I liked it

  • Master

    The Cruise missile brings down another potentially good idea. When will they learn.

    Boutella was fine, although She had nothing really to do. It was the crap story that revolved around TC’s character becoming the centre of the Universe.

  • KSE1977

    I am going to give this one a watch. Anytime folks attack a movie this much, it deserves a second look. That and because so many folks simply hate Tom Cruise, they tend to dismiss his movies, particularly of late.

  • art123guy

    Saw it in the theater at a matinee with Fandango coupons so it didn’t cost much. It was fine and I’m glad I saw it in the theater, but it did feel like a couple different movies in one as it jumped from action to comedy-action to horror movie a couple of times.

  • EASILY one of the worst movies of the year. Was awful. Not even close to ‘dumb fun’

  • Lord Trigon

    I really like Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb so I enjoyed it although I wasn’t really feeling the climax and Tom Cruise seemed out of place. I’m definitely seeing the next Dark Universe film so I guess it succeeded in that regard.

    Overall, I liked Russell Crowe, Sofia Boutella and the skeleton knights (I just have a thing for skeletons wearing armour – even though in theory a skeleton wouldn’t need armour…)

  • GunsOfNavarone

    Watched the movie last week and I have to say it was bad… but not all bad. What they did get right was Sofia Boutella. She looked Egyptian, she played the part extremely well and the flashback sequences were easily the best of the movie. What sucked was Tom Cruise’s character, truly one of his worst. There was nothing remotely likable about him and a lot of his scenes felt underwhelming. It was obvious he’d had a large amount of control over the story and as a result the pacing felt off and Boutella got short-changed for screen time with Cruise hogging the majority of it.

  • gjk2012 .

    Will the next Tom Cruise film require him to take off his shirt bare chested? Is it in his contract or something?

    • BreeBennett

      Maybe it is. I don’t doubt it, the way he is. He made Katie Holmes sign a contract she couldn’t date in public for five years after the divorce.

  • bluepurplechips

    Wasted two hours of my life watching this piece of trash. Awful movie.

  • marklola12 .

    Blast? cant be serious it was total shit

  • disqus_k39rnaVe8B

    Hum… no… The Mummy Covenant just sucks.

  • Zack Helgerson

    Was this review written by a Scientologist cause this movie was beyond bad and the only supporters would be of his cult

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