Why The Mummy 2017 Is A Very Bad Movie

Universal Pictures kicked off its "Dark Universe" by releasing The Mummy earlier this month starring Tom Cruise. What could have been an exciting reboot ended up being a disaster. There are many reasons why this movie is bad and here are some of them. Some spoilers will follow so don't read this post if you haven't seen it yet.

It's boring: When you go out and watch a Summer blockbuster, you usually go to see exciting action set pieces. Well the movie doesn't start off great because it begins with exposition from the get-go. Russell Crowe's Dr. Jekyll talks about the history of Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella) and how she became a Mummy in the first place. Usually the beginning of a movie is supposed to draw you in to know the main characters of the story. I don't want a history lesson at the very start.

Action is meh: Indiana Jones and the Brendan Fraser Mummy movies are fun because the characters find themselves in sticky situations. The action is fun and campy plus they are usually bright and colorful. Here in this movie, most of the action scenes are shot in the dark and you cannot really see anything properly. Not to mention the action is boring for pretty much the entire movie. Even though Nick Morton (Tom Cruise) does get to fight The Mummy on several occasions, their scuffles aren't that entertaining to watch.

Nick Morton is a bad main character: Usually when you watch a movie, you expect the main character to be likeable. Unless the movie is about a villain, the main hero should be someone that the audience likes. However, Morton is an arrogant selfish prick for most of the this movie that's it's hard to root for him. One scene that irked me was when he nearly wanted to drive away from The Mummy leaving Jennifer Halsey (Annabelle Wallis) stranded. He nearly wanted to leave his girlfriend to die at the hands of The Mummy.

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Tone is all over the place: A movie usually has a set tone that fits within a specific genre. For example Marvel movies are full of action and comedy, while The Godfather films are serious criminal dramas. The Mummy 2017 doesn't know what it wants to be. It has elements of comedy, but then the movie shifts to become more serious. Then it becomes an action movie, but then it wants to be a horror film too. It's hard to explain it in words as it's something you need to see for yourself. It would have been better if it stuck to one tone and genre.

Sets up Dark Universe too early: Much like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Mummy 2017 sets up events for future films far too early. There's a whole segment of the movie where Russell Crowe's Dr. Jekyll talks about other supernatural beings living on Earth. This segment is quite long and it slowed down the pace of the movie a lot. Universal Pictures should have concentrated on making The Mummy a good movie first before it started planning on a shared universe that might not be successful enough to get off the ground.

Overall, The Mummy is not an entertaining movie even though I didn't mind the actors in it. It tries too hard to set up future films and the action sequences are boring. It's currently my least favorite movie of 2017, although I have yet to see Transformers: The Last Knight. That movie could be worse...

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