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9th June
written by Adam

Present day, an ancient Egyptian princess erased from history, Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella), is awakened from her tomb/prison buried deep within the deserts of the war torn Middle East; smack dab in the center of the chaos is soldier and relic thief Nick Morton (Tom Cruise). Cursed with evil Nick and colleague Jenny (Annabelle Wallis) do their best to set things straight, but it will take the assistance of some rather strange individuals, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Russell Crowe) to make the final steps possible. Can the princess be stopped and at what cost? Directed by Alex Kurtzman, The Mummy represents Universal Pictures’ latest attempt at a franchise launch, Dark Universe, a throwback to fictional horror/monster figures of literary and cinematic history. But, oddly paced and emotionally challenged, this kickoff comes at time when theatre goers are still buzzing from last week’s Wonder Woman, tough luck and stiff competition. With a narrative driven by what feels like a pre-teen’s monster fantasy, and cinematic shortcuts this monster movie brings a few chuckles but also a handful of eye rolls with lack of imagination at the center. Still, for Universal, everything is not yet lost, perhaps there will be more redeemable as the franchise builds, more of a rental but passable as a matinee, the Mummy is rated PG-13.

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