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The Mummy movie review: Dead, decaying, badly bandaged. The worst Tom Cruise film ever

Jun 10, 2017
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The Mummy
Director – Alex Kurtzman
Cast – Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Russell Crowe, Jake Johnson, Sofia Boutella
Rating – 0.5/5

Unpleasant as it may sound, it is nonetheless a truth that these days, we are peddled movies in a manner similar to the local fast food joint convincing you to go for that combo meal instead of just the cheapest thing on the menu. For the price of one movie, we are promised numerous unsolicited sequels, prequels, spinoffs and soft reboots – whether we like it or not.

It’s as if the studios are over-compensating. It’s as if they already know they need to add bells and whistles to what they’re selling to brighten up the deal.

The Mummy is exactly that. On paper, it’s as corporate as movies can get in this current landscape of endless interconnected universes. But for a moment, through the fog of cynicism, there was hope. You see, it had history on its side. The initial burst of Universal Monster movies – films like Dracula, Frankenstein, and the original Mummy – lasted three decades, through the silent era and into the age of the talkies, and made stars out of Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, and Lon Chaney Jr. It was, in many ways, the original shared universe; one that laid the foundation for the trend we’re witnessing these days.

But don’t blame The Mummy. Don’t even blame Marvel, and their decade-long, industry-altering series of cross-connected films. Blame its ancestors.

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